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Labor History: Desegregating Unions during WWII Long Beach, California, United States. While CIO unions were committed to organizing all workers, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, and had a relatively good record on civil rights, most AFL craft unions engaged in a variety of discriminatory practices. Consequently, although the expanded job market resulting from the wartime industrial boom in Los Angeles created openings for Black workers in both the aircraft and shipbuilding industries, they often found themselves either excluded from unions, or assigned to Jim Crow locals. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details] [5 interview(s) listed in this collection]