Transcript of interview with Hattie Canty by Claytee D. White, February 27, 1998


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Transcript of interview with Hattie Canty by Claytee D. White, February 27, 1998
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Interview with Hattie Canty conducted by Claytee D. White on February 27, 1998. Hattie Canty worked as a hotel maid and was elected president of the Culinary Union during the 1990s.
Hattie Canty grew up in St. Stephens, Alabama. As a young woman, she moved to California to seek employment, married, and started a family. They moved to Las Vegas in the late 1960's and she found work as a maid for the Thunderbird Hotel and later at the Maxim Hotel and Casino. After the death of her spouse, Hattie discovered the importance of belonging to a union, which provided her with health benefits and a pension. Additionally, the Culinary Union Local 226 taught her how to fight for her rights. As a new union member, Hattie walked picket lines on her days off. She became more active after being informed that six hotels did not have union representation. Over the years, she became involved in securing better salaries for women and increasing the number of African Americans in high-paying positions in the casino industry. In May 1990, Hattie was elected President of the Culinary Union. In both 1993 and 1996, she was re-elected by landslides. During her tenure, she had her share of labor challenges. She went to jail at least six times while striking. She influenced contract negotiations for the downtown hotels, improved race relations among workers, and involved more members in union operations. However, the crowning glory of Hattie's work was implementing the Culinary Training School that allows training in most union job categories. Thanks to the Culinary Union Local 226, Hattie Canty is living proof that a maid can own a home and send her children to college. She is active in community causes and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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