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Service Worker’s Union Local 82 Oral History Project

 Digital Collection
Identifier: OHP014


  • Creation: 1993 - 1997



The Service Workers Union - SEIU Local 82 Oral History Project includes 13 oral history interviews collected from 1993 to 1997 by Service Employees International Union branch Local 82, which tell the stories of service industry workers, union members, and organizers in Washington, D.C. The interviews focus on the experiences of SEIU union members working and organizing in the service industry within both government agencies and private companies, as well as challenges to unionization. Many of the interviewees held leadership positions within SEIU Local 82.

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The Library holds copyright for items in this collection with a signed release. There are no restrictions on the use of these collection materials. Reproduction of an oral history without a signed release is not permitted.

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Custodial History

The Service Employees International Union has always sought to organize workers in a wide range of occupations. Beginning with janitors and elevator operators when it formed in 1921, SEIU soon added security guards, window cleaners, health care workers, office workers and public sector employees. By 1968, the union represented service workers in over 100 occupations around the nation.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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