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NYC Hispanic Labor Document Project

NYC Hispanic Labor Document Project

The purpose of the NYC Hispanic Labor Document Project was to interview and gather historically significant records from Latino labor organizations and Latino labor leaders. The collection includes materials from Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Central and South American workers that have played prominent roles in everything from health care, to service, to manufacturing in New York City. The information was gathered in order to benefit those studying and researching the Latino experience in the labor movement.

Items in this audio collection

Interview with Julia Rosario Jorge. Jorge discusses her family, childhood, and identification with Puerto Rican culture. She describes the process of learning English and attending school. While in Virginia, Jorge's father passed away; she was near the end of high school. She discusses the difficulties and changes that occurred after her father was gone, and how her family worked hard to get…

Interview with Julia Rosario Jorge. Jorge continues discussing her career and political history. She recalls the years 1972-1973 and her work with the Legal Assistance Committee and the Community Development Agency (CDA). She discusses transitions and politics at SSEU Local 371, and how she became an officer and was Secretary Treasurer in 1974. In 1976, Jorge ran for election as Vice President…

Interview with Juan Laboriel. Laboriel discusses his first job in New York as a worker in the Garment District. He worked in a coat factory, and discusses politics inside of the workplace. He discusses his personal history, and the adversity that he overcame in order to move to New York. On side B, Laboriel begins by explaining events in 1968. He recalls organizing others working inside of…

Interview with Armando Betances.

Hotel Employees & Bartender Union, Local 6. Armando Betances served as Secretary Treasurer and Union Official for hotel workers, which he was appointed to in 1954. He was also one of the founding members of the Hispanic Labor Committee which worked in partnership with the Central Labor Committee.

Interview with Edwin Lopez, Lopez begins by discussing his family life and childhood in East Harlem. He then talks about how he began his career with the union as a "salt", a union organizer who gains information by working in a plant. Lopez's father worked for the AFL-CIO, and Lopez discusses getting the opportunity to spend three weeks with him working the picket line with farm workers in…