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Donna Swanson Oral History Interview


Donna Swanson Oral History Interview

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Donna Swanson's Labor story begins with working in the Albuquerque (UNM) and Los Lunas Training Schools with children and young people with severe special needs in federally funded (Title 6C) programs . At the same time, Swanson was attending UNM and working towards her degree in Special Education. Swanson was hired at Albuquerque TVI (Technical Vocational Institute), now CNM (Central NM Community College) in 1986 in the Special Needs Department. Her job eventually located in the Developmental Education Department at CNM. In 1990 Swanson and her colleagues faced untenable workplace problems (harassment, workload, due process abuses) which would lead to a Union organizing drive for fulltime faculty at CNM. Swanson provides an important 25 year history of the CNM Union from its inception and development into the four bargaining units that included faculty, security guards, instructional support and teacher aides.

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AFT NM Local 4979, Albuquerque TV-I, Central New Mexico Community College CNM, social and economic justice, special needs teaching in New Mexico, Developmental Education, Paul Broome, John Ingram, Don Whatley, Ted Martinez, Rodey Law Firm, Bill Kuipers, AFT Program and Policy Council, Randy Weingarten, EEOC, just cause, due process, Bob Brown (Management Associates), collective bargaining, arbitration.


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Donna Swanson Oral History Interview