Union Yes balloon, signage by IATSE Local 363, at the Great Reno Balloon
Race c. 1994.
Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak.
is now well into its third decade, so we get a lot of requests for information.
Alas and alack, we don't know everything, but we do know that the answers
are out there. Here are some burning questions. If you've got answers,
solutions or references, please help us out.
the lady standing next to César Chávez?
SEARCH OF César Chávez in Nevada in the 1960s
pays tribute to late Reno labor leader
WAY WE WERE The above is a recently discovered photo
from 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local
86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer;
Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone
who knows her last name, please
write), and César Chávez. This item was first
published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly,
on March 26, 2008. (UPDATE: On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid
tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named
after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive,
courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers'
Union Local 169.)
More stories and photos from
César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit
carries history and photos dating back to 1986 when
César Chávez visited Reno to rally workers. We have recently
become aware that César Chávez came to northern Nevada in
the 1960s, long before he was an international superstar. Please help us
fill in the historical record, and hurry
because we need information for a new TV special about César Chávez
in the Silver State. Anyone with any information please call (775) 786-1455
or e-mail Andrew Barbano.
1969 César Chávez, right, and Walter Reuther, center,
at the dedication of the United Farm Workers' new headquarters in Delano,
Calif. The buildings were dedicated to Reuther's late younger brother,
Roy. The Reuther-led United Auto Workers were instrumental in acquiring
the land and funding for the "The 40 Acres," as the site was
known. The man at left was on a picket line for five years and may or
may not be a Chávez relative. Anyone who can identify him, please
contact me. A character
resembling him appeared in many scenes of the 2014 major motion picture
César Chávez. (Photo courtesy of George Nelson,
UAW Local 2162 Retirees.)
sunny angel and the man of steel
/ Expanded from the 3-8-2009
Daily Sparks Tribune
Search of Geraldine (Mrs. Bill) McGee
in Georgia seeks his long-lost Reno cabbie father. Please help.
is the man with Walther Reuther and César
in this 1969 photo?
Final pieces found at last!
economist Pierre A. Rinfret's seminal 1966 commentary on how war spending
destroys the economies of nations: Peace
Economic Lesson: Peace can yield fatter profits than war / Look Magazine
Search of...Women Teamsters
February 4, 2008
I am presenting a program March 8 for the Nevada
Women's History Project 2008 Conference: Women in Transportation.
My topic is "Women Teamsters" and so far all I have found are
Charlie Parkhurst and Mrs. S. H. Ferris. (Ms. Parkhurst,
of course, inspired the topic).
I have an extensive article on women teamsters in the United States during
the 1940s and 1950s Not a Man's Union by Leah Vosko and
David Witwer - but it does not pertain specifically to Nevada women
If you or the Teamsters Union happens
to have any information on Women Teamsters in Nevada I would be most appreciative
of the information! I will be delighted to quote my source both verbally
and in writing.
Nevada State Library & Archives
100 North Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701-4285
775-684-3322, Fax 775-684-3311
Etta James, call your office: At last!
First woman elected to head Nevada Teamsters Union
Search of...Mark Twain
State Archivist and historian Guy Louis Rocha
has asked for any records of Mark Twain's 1860's membership
in the oldest union in Nevada, the Washoe Typographical Union, now
part of Communications Workers of
America Local 9413/AFL-CIO. In chapter 41 of Roughing It,
published in 1872, Twain refers to that union membership. (Twain
wrote that he had instructed his friends back home "to sell
my share of the Tennessee land and tender the proceeds to the widows'
and orphans' fund of the typographical union of which I had long
been a member in good standing.") We also know he was a member
while working at his brother Orion Clemens' newspapers back
in Missouri. The Great Virginia City Fire of 1875 and the Great
Reno Flood of 1997 destroyed many of the union's old records. Twain's
membership has long been a source of pride for the longest-established
union in Nevada, so we would sincerely appreciate any and all information
with which to rebuild our files regarding our most famous member.
e -mail the editor.
is searching for evidence that Mark Twain (or Will Rogers) ever
for drinking, water's for fighting over."
you have any facts or scurrilous rumors, please send
them here. Thanks.
Search of...Nevada Labor Day Parades
courtesy of Dan Rusnak.
Day Parades have become a lost art in Nevada. The above photo
depicts the Union Yes float in the Nevada Day (the anniversary
of Nevada's 1864 statehood) Parade in Carson City c. 2000. A century
ago, Labor Day Parades were held all over the state. We've had
recent contacts from journalists looking for information on any
and all. Anysuch will be sincerely appreciated. E-mail
State Journal for September 8, 1903, on Page 1, indicates
Plumbers' Union" was in the first statewide Labor Day celebration
parade held in Reno.
State Journal of September 3, 1907, in a story on pages 1-2,
reported the Reno Labor Day parade included: "... the Gas
and Steam Fitters, with 48 men...".
The NSJ for September 6, 1909, in a page one report on the Labor
Day Parade, stated that the planned kickoff in Carson City would
include: "Reno Plumbers and Steam Fitters' union".
The 1911 Labor Day parade was held in Virginia City. The Territorial
Enterprise for Sept. 1 did not show an entry for the Plumbers.
The Reno Evening Gazette of August 31, 1912, in a page
one story, shows in the Program For Labor Day that the "plumbers"
would appear in the Second Division.
Courtesy of Brother Dan Rusnak, retired Business Manager
of Laborers' International Union
Local 169 and former member of the Nevada State AFL-CIO executive
board. The above came in response to a request for information
on the history of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 350, which celebrates
its centennial on October 13, 2006. (See below.)
On Sept. 5, 1949, a Labor Day parade
in Las Vegas included 200 carpenters union members marching in
white overalls and bartenders and culinary union members working
at a moving bar and lounge. (Courtesy
of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor
Storey County Miner's Union marching in the Virginia City Labor
Day parade, September 7, 1908.
Historical Society photo)
Virginia City Labor Day parade to be a salute to firefighters
City Labor Day Parade shows off another era
by Ray Hagar,
Reno Gazette-Journal 9-5-2006
Search of...Plumbers and Pipefitters History
and Pipefitters Local 350 celebrated its centennial on October 13, 2006,
in Reno. We had the honor of compiling the official history of the union
in the form of a commemorative publication for the event. History's
hunger is never sated. If you have any photos, documents or remembrances
of the craft, or any other aspect of Nevada Labor history, please e-mail
here for event highlights and stay tuned for more.
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