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September 2, 1991 | GARY LIBMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Don't vote for the Jap," Mark Masaoka's opponent in a union election told auto workers seven years ago. Masaoka, a Japanese-American electrician at General Motors' Van Nuys assembly plant, lost that race, although he says a job transfer was the major reason for his defeat. But Masaoka kept running for offices, and today he is unit chairman of United Auto Workers Local 645 and one of the few Asian-American UAW officials in the country.
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September 2, 1991 | GARY LIBMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Don't vote for the Jap," Mark Masaoka's opponent in a union election told auto workers seven years ago. Masaoka, a Japanese-American electrician at General Motors' Van Nuys assembly plant, lost that race, although he says a job transfer was the major reason for his defeat. But Masaoka kept running for offices, and today he is unit chairman of United Auto Workers Local 645 and one of the few Asian-American UAW officials in the country.
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