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David Coss Oral History Interview


David Coss Oral History Interview

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David Coss’ Labor story starts in a Union family where his grandfathers were members of USWA (Steelworkers) and LIUNA the Laborers’ International. Both his father and mother were public school teachers and NEA National Education Association members. Coss describes his tenure with the State Environment Department working on New Mexico water quality planning and watershed protection. He povides a rich history of Union organizing in the public sector in New Mexico from the 1970s to the present. Coss also presents the history of the Living Wage Campaign in Santa Fe and the development of the AFSCME Local #3999 (City of Santa Fe). Adding to his resume his membership and support for Somos un Pueblo Unido (immigrant and workers’ rights), Coss offers his Labor story which is grounded in a robust life of public service and social and economic justice activism.

Labor Involvement

President and Vice President Communications Workers of America CWA Local #7073 #7037, Chief Steward, Organizer, and Trainer for CWA, Public Works Director, City Councilor, and Mayor of the City of Santa Fe, State of New Mexico Department of Environment, NM State Land Office, Somos un Pueblo Unido.

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NEA National Education Association, University of New Mexico, AFSCME American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, OSHA, Gerry Bradley, Senator Les Houston, Governor Bruce King, Governor Toney Anaya, Walt Youngblood, City of Santa Fe Mayor Debbie Jaramillo, City of Santa Fe Mayor Larry Delgado, Robin Gould CWA, NM State Land Office, negotiations, grievance process, parental leave, overtime rules, Land Commissioner Ray Powell, City Council Santa Fe, Santa Fe Living Wage campaign, Morty Simon, Earl Potter, Marecela Diaz Somos un Pueblo Unido, Sanctuary City, Baatan Death March, Senator Manny Aragon, PEBA Public Employee Bargaining Act, Governor Gary Johnson, Governor Bill Richardson, Commission on the Status of Women.


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David Coss Oral History Interview