Suzanne Shannon Oral History Interview
Suzanne Shannon recounts her Labor story starting with a job as a part time secretary for the Bernalillo County Central Labor Council (BCCLC) in 1972. In a few years, she was encouraged to run and won as the first woman President of the BCCLC. She also worked part time with the NM State Federation of Labor and became a member of OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union). Describing a passion for the Labor Movement and Labor issues, Shannon shares a time when Unions had power in New Mexico to win legislative support for workers’ issues. Noting also the emergence of women’s rights in the 1970s, Shannon describes her work with the Women in Construction project of the NM State Department of Labor and the Building Trades Council (1970s).
UA 412 (Plumbers and Pipefitters), BCCLC, Neal Gonzales (NM Federation of Labor President), GOTV (Get out the Vote), NM Democratic Party, Right to Work, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and the grape boycott, Carpenters and Joiners Union, United Way Labor Representative, COPE AFLCIO, Women in Construction project, Labor movement.
Pinkey, Diane and Suzanne Shannon. "Suzanne Shannon Oral History Interview." (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/wphnm/35