Item no. 28151
New York
Occupation: Hotel and restaurant
Collection: Union

Sept. 25, 1937, Jay Rubin, general director of the Hotel, Restaurant and Cafeteria Employees Organizing Committee, holds the agreement just signed by the Childs Restaurants representative, while Special Prosecutor, later Governor, Thomas E. Dewey looks on. A contract with such an upscale restaurant had symbolic significance. The presence of an Hispanic officer, Miguel Garriga of the Organizing Committee, on the right, shows the union's commitment to having a representative leadership.

Image courtesy of HERE, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union.

See the LaborArts exhibit Labor Pains:  The Birth of a Contract for related images. 

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