Virgil Thompson Oral History Interview
Virgil Thompson started his Union life as a member of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) working at the Fender Guitar Plant in Fullerton, CA. Thompson then joined UAW Local 2244 working at New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) in Freemont, CA. where General Motors and Toyota built cars. In 1996, Thompson moved back to New Mexico to work for GE in the South Valley of Albuquerque where he joined the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM Local 794). Thompson shares his support for Unions and the benefits of Union membership. He has been active in Labor and Community activities in New Mexico. Thompson also plays 5-string banjo and has played in an IAM and ARA band; he views music as an organizing tool "like Joe Hill."
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM); Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); reasons for union membership; working conditions; workplace benefits; history of IAM; Labor education; safety on the job
Matthews, Adam; Virgil Thompson; and Richard Wood. "Virgil Thompson Oral History Interview." (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/wphnm/18