Delma Delora Oral History Interview
Delma Delora talks about her work at St. Vincent's and Christus St. Vincent's in Santa Fe, NM where she started as an LPN in 1962 working in the emergency room. Delora describes the changes that she has seen in the provision of health care over her long career as an RN in which she worked in various departments including the cancer ward with AIDs patients during the 1980s. Delora's union membership takes shape in 1974, acting as the President of the Professional Performance Association (PPA) at St. Vincents. She emphasizes the importance of the Taft Hartley Act of 1974 which gave nurses the right to organize a union and bargain collectively. In the 1980s, the Union decided to affiliate with a national union, and they became District 1199 NM Hospital Workers Union. Delora's life of Union and social and economic activism contributes a long and rich Labor history story in New Mexico.
District 1199 NM Hospital Workers Union, corporate health care, better working conditions and staffing, contract negotiation and legislation, Carlsbad potash miners, Strike, informational picket, NLRB, litigation, the symbol of the rose in 1199NM history
Pinkey, Diane and Delma Delora. "Delma Delora Oral History Interview." (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/wphnm/26