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Jimmie Martinez Oral History Interview

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Jimmie Martinez talks about his work as a Grocery worker and manager at Safeway, Furrs, and Smith's in Santa Fe, NM. He shares his experience starting with his Retail Clerks (UFCW Local 1564) union membership in 1961 until his retirement in 2002. Martinez shares his community service as a Santa Fe School Board member, a Santa Fe City Councilor, a leader in the National Hispanic Caucus of the National School Board Association, and as a sponsor of the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance (2004). 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.