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Van Bourg, Victor (1931-1999) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Van Bourg, Victor (1931-1999)


Historical Note:

Victor Van Bourg was born in New York in 1931. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants who arrived in New York around 1924. By the time Van Bourg was born, his father was an active member in the local painters union. In 1935, the Van Bourg family moved to Tujunga, California, where Van Bourg's father continued his labor activities.

After studying law at Bolt Hall Law School at University of California, Berkeley, Van Bourg became concerned with the problems faced by the organized worker. His first job was with Charles P. Scully, the general council for the American Federation of Labor, State Labor Federation. In 1947, the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), led by Ernesto Galarza, became Van Bourg's major client.

Van Bourg founded the firm Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfield, where he practiced for three decades. The firm represented more than 400 unions and their members.

Note Author: Robert G. Marshall





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