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Bill Lang Oral History Interview

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Bill Lang shares his long Labor history which began in his family as the son of a Union Electrician.  Lang joined the Carpenters Union in 1955. He provides a personal and social history of the Carpenters and Joiners Union during the second half of the 20th century in New Mexico.  In particular, Lang explains the consolidation of smaller New Mexico Union Locals into the District Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.  Lang also describes the ingenuity of the Union to invest in Albuquerque land development and provide good Union jobs to members of New Mexico Trade Unions.  Lang describes the legislative work developed by his Union to support a fair Workers Compensation system as well as to oppose Right to Work legislation in order to maintain Little Davis Bacon, the prevailing wage law in New Mexico.

The Working People's History of New Mexico Project (WPHNM) is an oral labor history project created to gather the labor stories of working people in New Mexico. While part of the interviews focus on the specific jobs that the interviewees performed, the interviews also explore labor-management relations as well as union, workers council, and social activism participation.  The interviews contain information about family and social relationships and offer themes of social and historical interest in New Mexico and the US.

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