Katie Quan

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Katie Quan
Nationality American
Occupation labor organizer

Katie Quan is a Senior Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, a former Chair of the center, and a former labor organizer. In 1982 she was one of the organizers of the historic garment workers' strike in New York City's Chinatown.


Quan was born and raised in San Francisco.[1] In 1975 she moved to New York City, where she worked as a seamstress in a Chinatown garment factory. After joining the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Local 23-25, she became active in the union, organizing work stoppages to negotiate better prices for piece work.[2] In 1982, she helped organize the successful garment workers' strike.[3] She went on to become the international vice president of the ILGWU, and its successor, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).[4]

In 1992 she chaired the founding convention of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. She began working for the Labor Center in 1998, eventually serving as Chair and Associate Chair, and in 2000 became a governing board member of the Worker Rights Consortium. She co-founded the International Center for Joint Labor Research at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China in 2010, and co-directed the center for four years. She received a Fulbright grant in 2014 to study China's apparel supply chain at Peking University.[4]


  1. ^ "Lora Jo Foo Interview, Asian American Reproductive Justice Oral History Project" (PDF). Smith College. 2013.
  2. ^ Quan, Katie (2009). "Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown" (PDF). Amerasia Journal. 35 (1): 76–91.
  3. ^ Bao, Xiaolan (2001). Holding Up More Than Half the Sky: Chinese Women Garment Workers in New York City, 1948-92. University of Illinois Press. p. 187. ISBN 9780252026317.
  4. ^ a b "Katie Quan". UC Berkeley Labor Center.

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