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Virgil Thompson Oral History Interview

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Virgil Thompson Oral History Interview

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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."

Publication Date

3-29-2016

Keywords

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

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Labor History

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1280x720; MP4; No institutional restrictions are placed on the use of this collection. Use of material is allowed for educational and research purposes. The University Libraries do not hold copyright.

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Virgil Thompson Oral History Interview

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