Diane Wood grew up in a Union family where her father was a member and Business Agent (BA) for Local 481 of the Ironworkers Union in Texas. In 1969, Wood worked as a Clerk at the Kroger Market where she also belonged to the Retail Clerks International Union (RCIU) of the AFLCIO. Moving to New Mexico in the early 1970s, Wood continued her retail and Union membership working in various grocery food chains in Albuquerque, NM. Serving in various leadership roles in the Union, she describes the fight for improved contracts. In 1982, The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) pulled in numerous small unions under a Union that would become the largest AFLCIO Union. Her long and robust Labor story includes a history of Union development in New Mexico as well as the landmark Winn Dixie Labor battle in 1977 where the Union won the day. Wood’s Labor story recounts many of the Labor battles in New Mexico around Right to Work (RTW), prevailing wage, Public Employee Bargaining (PEBA), sexual harassment on the job, and workers compensation legislation. Interview by Diane Pinkey.
The Working People's History of New Mexico Project (WPHNM) is an oral labor history project created to gather the labor stories of working people in New Mexico. While part of the interviews focus on the specific jobs that the interviewees performed, the interviews also explore labor-management relations as well as union, workers council, and social activism participation. The interviews contain information about family and social relationships and offer themes of social and historical interest in New Mexico and the US.