Born into a progressive working class family in Baltimore, MD, Carl Wood has been active in the civil rights and anti-war movements since childhood. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1964, and attended University of California, Riverside where he was elected student body president in 1967-68. The same year, he served as Western Regional Chairman of the National Student Association. After serving two years of alternative service as a conscientious objector, Wood and his new bride Anne Pierce moved to Indiana, where he completed an apprenticeship as an industrial electrician in the huge U.S. Steel plant in Gary.
Seven years later, the Woods, with two chidren in tow, returned to California, where Carl worked at Kaiser Steel in Fontana until he was laid off in 1981. Carl found employment at Southern California Edison Co., and in 1986 was elected Business Agent (chief officer) of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 246, representing 2000 power plant employees. In 1987, Wood was elected to the National Executive Board of UWUA. In 1997, he was appointed Senior National Representative, servicing UWUA locals in California and the other Western states and acting as the union’s National Deregulation Coordinator.
In 1999 Wood was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission, where he played a key role in protecting the state’s consumers from the disastrous Enron-inspired deregulation project. At the end of his 6-year term at the CPUC, he worked for a number of unions, retiring from the UWUA in 2016.
As a long-time member of the Communist Party USA, Carl Wood does not take a one-dimensional view of the fight for democracy and progress. He believes that movements for social justice cannot succeed in isolation from each other. As a union leader Wood has fought for racial and gender equality and for LGBTQ rights. He has championed the right of working class consumers to reasonably priced, universally accessible and high quality utility services. He has worked successfully to build coalitions between unions, environmental justice organizations, community groups and consumer advocates. Since the 2016 election, Wood has played an active role in protesting and resisting Trump’s fascistic assault on democracy and peace.
Public Facebook Group
Members of the DSA San Diego - North County Branch public Facebook Group - January 13 2021 included Carl Wood.
Standing for AD 76
In 2019 Carl Wood stood from AD 76 for the California Democratic Party Central Committee.
If elected to represent our Assembly District AD 76 in the California Democratic Party, I will be a True Progressive. I will support Democrats who do not accept corporate donations. To pass essential progressive legislation we need Democrats who are free from corporate influence and obligations. My policy goals include the Healthy California Act that provides improved Medicare for All, a Living Wage of at least $15/hour, the Green New Deal for a healthy environment with good new jobs in a peace economy, and legislation to promote strong Unions.
Born into a progressive family, I have been a participant in movements for racial justice, peace and labor rights since childhood. As a student at UC Riverside in the 1960s, I worked to overcome racial discrimination in housing and employment, collected food to support the farm workers union and organized the city’s first demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.
As a conscientious objector, I served two years of alternative service at Patton State Hospital during the war, where I became chief steward of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 128. I then completed an apprenticeship and worked as an electrician at U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana and Kaiser Steel in Fontana, CA.
After being laid off during the severe downturn in the steel industry in 1981, I went to work in the power plants of Southern California Edison, where I was elected shop steward and rose to become chief officer of 2000-member Utility Workers Union of America Local 246 in 1986, also serving on the union’s National Executive Board and on the executive board of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council.
In June 1999, at the request of the unions in the utility industry and the state AFL-CIO, I was appointed by Governor Davis to a 6-year term on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), where I played a significant role in protecting California from the consequences of its disastrous deregulation experiment.
After my service on the CPUC, I consulted for utility unions in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Mexico, then worked as National Representative for the Utility Workers Union until my retirement in 2016.
Throughout my life, my lodestar has always been the fight for social justice. I am proud to wear the label of corporate-free True Progressive.
WEB DuBois Clubs of America
Supported Communist Party call
Communist Party tribute
In July 2007, the Communist Party USA paper Peoples World published a tribute "We salute Joyce Wheeler" to retiring Baltimore public school teacher and Communist Party member Joyce Wheeler. Carl Wood signed the tribute page. Most of the more than 100 signatories were identified Party members.
New member phone bank
New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT
Your living room
- We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!
Those invited to participate on on Facebook included Carl Wood.
National Party Building Conference
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST
Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here https://tinyurl.com/ycdouk3y
The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate. http://www.cpusa.org/2017-national-party-building-conference-resist-organize-vote-grow/
The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.
According to the Facebook page for the event, those who attended included Carl Wood.
- FB friends page
- PWW, May Day Supplement May 2, 1992
- We salute Joyce Wheeler, Peoples world July 27, 2007