Sound recording of interview with Leon Olson conducted by Adah Bakalinsky. Describes the anti-Hearst newspaper strike of 1968;
San Rafael Independent Journal strike, ca. 1970s; the shrinking number of newspapers, 1970s-1980s; and the impact of new technologies
on the Typographers Union; synoptic index available.
President of Bay Area Typographical Union (BATU) Local 21, 1969-1987; born in 1929, Olson moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco
in 1939; worked on Treasure Island during World’s Fair; joined ILWU in early 1940s; joined BATU Local 21 in 1951 and elected
president in 1969.
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