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Cristóbal "Chris" Chávez Oral History Interview

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Chris Chavez’s Union life started as a member of the Mill Hands Union in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. When he returned to the states, he started working at Sierra Electric in Albuquerque NM. After “salting” the job, he became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEW Local 611, and Sierra Electric became a Union workplace. Chavez worked with his tools in residential and commercial jobs for years and then ran for a leadership position in Local 611. After Chavez was elected, he started a Newsletter and served as the Editor for 10 years. As Executive Director of the NM State Federation of labor, he set a goal to get Unions to unify on politics. He walked many picket lines and supported Union member education. Chavez supported Harry Teague in his congressional election (2009-2011). Chavez’s proudest achievement is bringing the AFL-CIO Working America program to New Mexico.

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IBEW Local 611, New Mexico State Federation of Labor, Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School, AFL-CIO, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, NLRB, National Labor College (George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Labor History, Labor Music, Joe Villalobos (Steelworkers Local 890 NM), Working America (AFL-CIO), picket lines, LULAC, Rep. Harry Teague, NM Chief Justice Chavez.


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