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Bill Lang Oral History Interview


Bill Lang Oral History Interview

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Bill Lang shares his long Labor history which began in his family as the son of a Union Electrician. Lang joined the Carpenters Union in 1955. He provides a personal and social history of the Carpenters and Joiners Union during the second half of the 20th century in New Mexico. In particular, Lang explains the consolidation of smaller New Mexico Union Locals into the District Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Lang also describes the ingenuity of the Union to invest in Albuquerque land development and provide good Union jobs to members of New Mexico Trade Unions. Lang describes the legislative work developed by his Union to support a fair Workers Compensation system as well as to oppose Right to Work legislation in order to maintain Little Davis Bacon, the prevailing wage law in New Mexico.

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Locals 1319, 1245, 1505, 511 (Roswell) New Mexico, Business Agent and Trustee, Building Trades, Roofers Union, Lumber and Sawmill Locals, Little Davis Bacon, BCMC Hospital Maintenance Workers, Workers Compensation, Walker AFB, Landrum Griffin Act, Taft Hartley Act, Right to Work, prevailing wage, Building New Mexico – The Experience of a Carpenters Union in the Southwest, edited by Robert Kern, 1983.


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Bill Lang Oral History Interview