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Eleanor Chavez Oral History Interview


Eleanor Chavez Oral History Interview

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Eleanor Chávez heralds from a political family serving New Mexicans from as far back as her great grandfather who served in the NM Territorial Legislature. Chávez grew up in a Union family with her dad being a Union carpenter; her mom worked at Albertsons grocery as a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). Chávez’s work life has centered on social justice job positions working for a better life for New Mexicans. This includes staffing in Unions (AFSCME, NM District 1199, AFT). She also worked at the State of NM Department of Human Services (Child Protective Services) and was a member of AFSCME Local 2839. Her work life extends into public advocacy for important legislation focused on children, women, incarceration, mental health, affordable and accessible health care, rights on the job, abolition of the death penalty, voter protection and more. Chávez served as a NM Legislator and represented her home District #13 Albuquerque from 2008-2012.

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AFSCME Local 2839 (State of NM), Unions, collective bargaining, seasonal workers, sick out, International Women’s Day, UNM, contract negotiations, NLRB, PEBA, Union Stewards, patient care, working conditions, Health Security Act, Albuquerque Legislative District 13, Janus vs. AFSCME, Chicano Movement, Salt of the Earth, Holy Cross Hospital Taos, Maintenance Workers Carpenters’ Union


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Eleanor Chavez Oral History Interview