Suzanne Shannon recounts her Labor story starting with a job as a part time secretary for the Bernalillo County Central Labor Council (BCCLC) in 1972. In a few years, she was encouraged to run and won as the first woman President of the BCCLC. She also worked part time with the NM State Federation of Labor and became a member of OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union). Describing a passion for the Labor Movement and Labor issues, Shannon shares a time when Unions had power in New Mexico to win legislative support for workers’ issues. Noting also the emergence of women’s rights in the 1970s, Shannon describes her work with the Women in Construction project of the NM State Department of Labor and the Building Trades Council (1970s). 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.