HERE Local 11 Officer Election Flyers, 1978

Campaign literature from the HERE Local 11 opposition slate, 1978.

In 1978, members of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees union (HERE) Local 11 challenged their union’s ban on noncitizen officers and its long-serving leader Scotty Allan. Key issues for the opposition (reflected in this collection of campaign flyers) were declining union membership and density, lack of attention to the concerns of the Spanish-speaking majority of members, and a sense that leaders were too cozy with employers (Download the documents). With the help of the ACLU, the rank-and-file slate threatened a lawsuit and the union allowed Daniel Ruiz to run for office. Although they lost the election, these union members touched off a decade long struggle for union leadership. From the papers of the ACLU of Southern California, box 826 folder 6, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles. Learn more about UNITE HERE Local 11.

Luther, Claudia. “Denial of Union Offices to Noncitizens Challenged in Suit.” Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. April 8, 1978, sec. PART ONE.