Rosalyn Hackworth interviewed by Jonathan Lozano, November 20, 2014, San Diego, California, Oral History #5489, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Rosalyn Hackworth, Secretary Treasurer for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 135. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding women in labor movements and unions. This interview is part of an oral history project for Dr. Natalie Fousekis’ History 493A Oral History course. This interview specifically deals with Rosalyn’s upbringing in San Diego, CA and her early family life; she discusses her father’s involvement in the Navy; her parents background and brief life histories; her work and life leading up to her generational involvement with the United Food and Commercial Workers local 135 as its first African American Women Secretary Treasurer; she goes into detail about her role and accomplishments; explains the unique contributions women make to the Labor Movement and unions; the 2003-04 Southern California Supermarket Strike and her role with negotiations and managing union workers; she discusses the exhausting labor of her work; her goals and hopes for the United Food and Commercial Workers local 135; her definition of feminism and how it relates to unions and labor movements; discusses being a woman in a male-dominated workplace and her experiences with sexism; reflects on her activism.
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