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Donald Meaders Oral History Interview

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Don Meaders describes his life and the circumstances that led him into a career in construction and leadership within the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, where he remains a retired member. He emphasizes his career-long work to get rank and file members into leadership positions within the union. He also discusses his disappointment in the international union’s takeover and dissolution of his local union in 2007. Interview by Hadyen Foley.

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.