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Unformatted text preview: Ramirez was finally promoted and allowed to cut meat. He saw friends get badly injured on the job, lost the middle finger on his
right hand while using a saw, got knocked unconscious when a side of beef fell off a hook and struck him in the head. He married a young
woman he met in church, and they later had six children. He woke up at four o’clock in the morning, worked eight hours a day at Glenn &
Anderson, then took college courses at night. Life was far from easy, but his salary was good enough to let his wife stay home and look after
the kids. All òf their children went to college.
Ruben Ramirez became active in the union, first as a shop steward, then as an executive. He became an American citizen, loved this
country, felt grateful for the opportunities it had given him, and took great pride in the accomplishments of his children. In 1993 he became
the first Latino to head a local UFCW meatpacking union in the United States. But as Ramirez climbed to the top of Packingtown, the whole
thing was crum...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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