Born in Cervinara, Italy, Dominick DeGregorio came with his brother to the US in 1954. Immediately, he started working in his Uncle’s grocery store in New York City. At 18, DeGregorio started his Union career by joining the Mason Tenders Local #37 in Brooklyn. After transferring his book to Local 6A Concrete Workers Union, he became a power buggy operator transporting concrete to build numerous skyscrapers in the New York City skyline. In 1974, DeGregorio moved to Albuquerque and joined LIUNA Local #16 with his first job working as General Foreman at University Heights Hospital. Assuming the position of Training Director for the NM Laborers’ Training Trust Fund, DeGregorio started with a small trailer and drove all over New Mexico training members. In 1980, LIUNA Local #16 purchased land in Edgewood, NM and built a permanent training facility that opened in 1983. DeGregorio worked his entire career promoting union membership with all its benefits. He proclaimed in his interview, “when I came to this country, I thought the streets were paved in gold. What I discovered was not gold, but opportunity for a career that I have loved for so many years.”
The attached file contains photos from the photo board displayed in the video.
President, Vice-President, and Secretary LIUNA Laborers’ International Union North America Local #16 Albuquerque NM, International Rep Laborers’ International New Mexico and Arizona, New Mexico Training Director LIUNA Local #16, NM Metal Trades Delegate, Bernalillo Central Labor Council, NM State Federation of Labor, Ward Chair and Vice Chair Democratic Party NE Heights Albuquerque NM, 50 Year Gold Card Laborers’ International.
LIUNA Laborers’ International Union North America, LIUNA Local #16, Brooklyn Community College, Mason Tenders Local #37 Brooklyn NY, Concrete Workers Local #6A Union Square NYC, Bechtel Hospital Brooklyn, Ready Mix Bronx NYC, New Mexico Laborers’ Training Trust Fund, Joe Bermudez LIUNA #16, Mayor David Rusk Albuquerque, Tony Sedillo Albuquerque, CETA, John Marshall School Albuquerque, NM Ironworkers Local #495, Collective bargaining agreement
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Pinkey, Diane and Dominick DeGregorio. "Dominick DeGregorio Oral History Interview." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/wphnm/71