After 46 years working for the American Labor movement, David Jon Gregory will retire on March 1, 2010.
Gregory began his career in Phoenix, Arizona in the mid 1960's while working for Bairds Bread Company as a wrapping department employee.
Gregory pushed an organizing campaign that brought about a first contract and went on to serve as the first Shop Steward and was later elected President of Bakers Local 232.
A short time later he was elected to the top position in the Local 232 as Business Manager at the age of 20.
From Local 232, Gregory moved on to serve as the Political Director and Lobbyist for the Arizona State AFL-CIO who represented over 180,000 Arizona union members.
In 1978 he
lobbied the state legislature, Governor Babbitt and his
staff working on legislation pertaining to Arizona working families.
He continued this position with the Arizona State AFL-CIO until the mid eighties when he joined the National AFL-CIO with headquarters in Washington, D.C. representing 13 Western states and Guam.
This region represented nearly 3 million working families and hundreds of Local unions.
brought the electronic age of politics to organized labor in the west and served mostly in the political apparatus of the Federation for the last 24 years with focus on all Federal Elections, Governor's and large city elections.
Gregory was the first Arizona union leader to be hired by the National organization.
time with the National AFL-CIO's
Political Department he
rebuilt the labor movement on Guam and stopped attempts by employer groups to pass so-called Right-to-work legislation.
Gregory stated many times that he did not see his work as a job but more as a mission to fight for fairness in the workplace.
He obtained a BA degree from Antioch University.
, a native of Phoenix, Arizona was based out of Denver, San Francisco and Seattle over the last 24 years before moving back to Arizona in preparation for his
retirement shared by his
wife Suzanne, children and grand children.