Interview with Herb Mabry, April 14, 2008

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Herb Mabry studied labor law at Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta and entered union politics in 1950 through his carpentry work with Sears Roebuck and his membership with the Union Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. In 1969 he became president of this union. In this interview, Mabry discusses these early years as well as his work as secretary, and later, president of the Georgia AFL-CIO, his labor advocacy with the Democratic National Committee, and his friendship and support of Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller. He also shares his thoughts on other past governors like Carl Sanders and Lester Maddox, and fellow Georgia union leaders Al Kara and Herb Butler. Mabry gives an overview of the ways organized labor fits into to both the state and national political climate, including the effect of illegal immigration and NAFTA.







Herb Mabry and Bob Short, “Interview with Herb Mabry, April 14, 2008,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 3, 2020,