This collection documents the labor activities of Kathy Labriola, licensed vocational nurse, union activist, and community
organizer. The records comprise newsletters, flyers, notes, correspondence, articles, clippings, and promotional materials
collected and generated by Labriola in her role as shop steward for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 250,
and through her involvement in three union-related committees: the AIDS Education Committee, the Southern Africa Solidarity
Committee, and the Committee for a Democratic Union (CDU). Other materials pertain to Labriola's role as a commissioner on
the City of Berkeley Labor Commission, as well as her involvement in the fight against the two-gate system in the San Francisco
Bay Area construction industry.
Kathy Labriola was born in New Jersey and graduated as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) from Bergen Pines School of Nursing
in 1974. That same year she moved to California and passed the California State Board exam. Her involvement in labor unions
started in the mid-1970s when, while working in convalescent hospitals in Berkeley, she experienced first-hand the low wages
and unstable work conditions of the hospital employees and the anti-union stance of the hospital administrators. Labriola
herself was laid off from her job as an LVN at Claremont Convalescent Hospital after attempting to unionize fellow workers.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 250 (now SEIU UHW) is the oldest union representing healthcare workers
in the United States. Started in 1934 by a group of service workers at San Francisco General, a publicly owned hospital, they
were successful in their ability to unite and fight for higher wages. At that time there was no national union representing
hospital workers and it wasn't until three years later that the local got a new charter from the Building Service Employees
International Union, becoming BSEIU Local 250. In 1968 BSEIU changed its name to the Service Employees International Union,
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