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Rail Workers – Jerry Anderton 1995

Thirty years with men operating trains and yard engines.  For the past thirty years I have been closely involved with men who operate trains and yard engines in Tennessee and neighboring states. The main portion of my service to the Norfolk-Southern was in Debutts Yard in Chattanooga, first as a yard switchman and from 1977 […]

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Nursing Home – Kimberly Evon 1995

Nursing home: an oxymoron. I received a call last June from a registered nurse named Susan. She was so upset that I could hardly comprehend what was being said on the other end of the phone. After she calmed herself for the moment, she began to tell a story so frightening yet so common in […]

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Philadelphia Bakery – Stephen Willard 1992

Not so much a bakery as a factory.  Walking through the rear entrance one is overtaken by a sense of confusion: a maze of crisscrossing conveyor belts, horns blaring, bells ringing, lights flashing and the incessant hum of hundreds of packing machines. This is the packaging department of Nabisco’s Philadelphia Bakery. In fact this is […]

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Sara Lee Bakery- Marty Zimmerman 1993

Baking company employee and shop steward. As an employee of the baking company for 13 years, I have come to understand the baking industry well. For the past three years, I have been a shop steward. My duties as a steward include grievance handling and “first step” enforcement of the collective bargaining agreement. It is […]

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Iron Workers – Matt Groskie 1994

  Iron Workers Local 751. I have been a member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers Local 751 since 1977. Local Union 751 was chartered by the International Association in 1953 and given the State of Alaska as it’s geographical jurisdiction. Local Union 751 is a “mixed” local, covering all […]

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Roofers and Waterproofers – Kinsey M. Robinson 1992

Roofers. Who we are and what we do.  The roofing trade, arguably the oldest craft known to man, is a celebration of ethnic and cultural diversity. As such, it embodies the very ideal of America—that it’s not who you are but what you can do that makes a difference. This paper paints a picture of who […]

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Hospital Workers Organizing Campaign – Robert Stankus 1997

Not a typical target for union organizing. Stamford, New York is not a place one would typically expect to find an active organizing target, known as a “hot shop”. The community itself is a tiny rural village nestled in the Catskill Mountains approximately 25 or 30 miles east of Oneonta. The hospital itself is situated […]

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Electrical Apprentice – Randolph Scott – 1992

  Starting out. I started working as an electrical trainee in August, 1970. My goal at the time was to build an outstanding work record, including good work habits and to cultivate friends and acquaintances who could and were willing to help me in my quest to be become an apprentice as soon as possible. […]

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Rail Employees – Paul Plaganis – 1992

Tower operator. For over twenty years I was a tower operator for three different railroads. As a tower operator I was in charge of controlling all switches and signals at various interlocking locations.  From the tower, I could switch trains from one trace to another.  By changing the aspects of the signals that were displayed, […]

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Meat Processing Plant – Kevin Garvey 1994

Survival was learning the ways of the plant and how I fit in.  This ethnography of a meat packing facility is based on my personal experience as a new employee at a John Morrell plant that operated in Cincinnati for nearly a century. At the time I didn’t realize it, but looking back I was […]

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