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UNITE HERE Local 11
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Los Angeles, CA 90017
Biography/History: Derek Smith grew up in Los Angeles. He worked for many years as an accountant in the film industry and during that time, began volunteering with the Santa Monica Living Wage campaign. Through that work, he eventually became an organizer with HERE Local 11 and went on to help organize numerous campaigns. At the time of this interview, Derek was working as a political director for UNITE HERE Local 11.
Scope/Content: Interview Contents: First career as a film industry accountant — Volunteering with the Santa Monica Living Wage campaign with Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism (SMART) — Accepting an organizing job in 1995 — Building community support for Local 11’s campaign in Santa Monica — Grassroots organizing and community engagement — New Otani campaign — Employers’ council campaign — Century Boulevard campaign — Building relationships with the communities surrounding Century Boulevard — California Federation of Teachers’ support of the Century Boulevard campaign — Mass civil disobedience in September 2006 during the Century Boulevard campaign — Leaving the union to do community organizing in Arizona — Returning to Local 11 in 2008 as a political director — Long Beach minimum wage campaign — Impact of his work on his family life — Developing a strategic vision and Local 11’s impact on Los Angeles.
Labor unions--California--Los Angeles Labor union locals--California--Los Angeles Derek Smith UNITE HERE (Organization)
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