By District 10 Council
An immigrant worker who emerged as a key West Coast UE leader, Humberto
Camacho has served the union in a number of roles. A tribute to Camachos 34 years of
rank-and-file union activism and an emphasis on collective bargaining were the principal
themes when District 10 convened its fall council meeting.
UE Genl. Pres. John Hovis traced Camachos career as industrial
worker, field organizer, international representative and district president who had a key
role in leading union organizing. Between 1963, when he joined the staff, and 1974,
membership in the district nearly doubled. Latino workers in particular benefited from his
leadership in numerous organizing victories and successful negotiation of dozens of new
Camacho was one of the first labor leaders to actively defend immigrant
workers rights and to build strong community and union coalitions to fight against
anti-immigrant legislation. Most recently, Brother Camacho has been involved in
international solidarity with Mexican workers and the fightback against NAFTA.