José "JC" Guerrera Cruz Oral History Interview
Born in LA, Cruz started work in the printing business in a bindery before he joined the Labor movement. Organized by IUPAT Local #623 in Orange County CA, Cruz started an apprenticeship program and graduated as a journeyman in the early 1980s. After working for Superior Wall Systems in Anaheim for 13 years, he and his family moved to Albuquerque, Cruz joined IUPAT Local #823. Eventually, he went to work in building maintenance for Intel in Rio Rancho NM. Cruz’s life as a Union Organizer for IUPAT began in the 1990s. After studying at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Maryland, Cruz worked various campaigns for IUPAT, as well as for Local 254 Cement Masons. Cruz provides a heartfelt insider view of Labor organizing and the Labor movement in the building trades in the Southwest.
Organizer, Field Representative, and Trainer for IUPAT Painters and Allied Trades, Plasterers and Cement Finishers and LIUNA Laborers' International Union North America Local #16, President Plasterers and Cement Finishers Local #254 New Mexico.
IUPAT Painters and Allied Trades, Gene Beatty IUPAT, Plasterers and Cement Finishers New Mexico Local 254, Narciso Mascarenas Local #254, LIUNA Laborers' International Union North America Local #16, Intel Rio Rancho, George Meany Center for Labor Studies Silver Spring, MD, Westlaw Program, salting, Union Organizing, living wage, safety on the job, pension, health insurance, Joey Atencio LIUNA, UNMH security officers, Amazon.
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Pinkey, Diane and José "JC" Guererra Cruz. "José "JC" Guerrera Cruz Oral History Interview." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/wphnm/69