Interview with Henry Epstein, session 2 of 2 (3/6/1991)

Interview with Henry Epstein conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 3/6/1991 in the KHET studio Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Labor organizer and leader of the UPW in Hawaiʻi discusses his work as a union organizer in Hawaiʻi in the period after World War II. Topics include: recollections of various union personalities and politicians of the 1950s and 1960s including Eddie DeMello, Robert McElrath, Dave Thompson, Arthur Rutledge, Nesta Gallas, Ben Dillingham, Mary Noonan, Elmer Cravalho, Nelson Doi, and Tadao Beppu; acting as chief lobbyist for the UPW at the legislature; being called in front of the territorial Un-American Activities Committee; push for collective bargaining in the 1950s; UPW becoming affiliated with national union AFSCME along with former rival HGEA; and his work with unions AFSCME, AFL-CIO and HSTA. Interview spans 7 videotapes.

Languages: English


  • Political
  • Public affairs

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