Vernon R. Watkins


Age: 76

Summary: California labor leader and civil rights activist who organized major campaigns aimed at public employees, including a massive effort in the early 1980's that brought 40,000 University of California workers into his union, and who was California area director for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees for 20 years starting in the early 1970's.

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Born: May 26, 1938

Died: March 5, 2015

Upland, California