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View Resource Jola Stone Oral History

Jola Stone attended art school and worked in the engineering and drafting departments of Consumers Power in Grand Rapids, MI before a friend referred her to an opening at MichCon (now DTE). Stone was the first women hired into the drafting department. Stone discusses the technical aspects of drafting and compares the way drafting was done by hand when she entered the field in 1975 to the current...

View Resource Denise Greer Oral History

Denise Greer of Local 898 is a millwright at the Ford Rawsonville plant. Greer attended college for music but found fulltime work with Ford in 1998. She describes the problems she has had with supervisors and harassment as she is only one of five women millwrights. Greer feels that she cannot rise politically in the union but would stay on in the plant if she could and cites the “Old Boys Clu...

View Resource S.H. Oral History

In this interview S.H., a sheet metal worker with Local 80 recalls growing up in Taylor, MI and attending college in Kentucky and Lawrence Technical University before having to drop out for financial reasons. A sheet metal worker friend encouraged S.H. to take a placement test at Local 80; she passed and was offered a position. S.H. describes apprentice school, the sheet metal trade, and recalls...

View Resource Sue Jantschak Oral History

Sue Jantschak is a business agent with the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in veterinary technology and working in that field for thirteen years Sue developed allergies to the animals and had to leave the profession. Jantschak worked briefly in a bank but soon applied for the Carpenters apprenticeship after...

View Resource Terri Patterson Oral History

Terri Patterson is a structural ironworker with Ironworkers Local 25 and a third generation Native American ironworker. In this interview Terri describes the apprentice program and the classes. Many of her male relatives are in the field and she describes some of her experiences working with them. Patterson emphasizes that feminism and women’s rights never played a role or affected her desire t...

View Resource S.E. Oral History

S.E., a journeyperson pipefitter with Consumers Energy and member of UWUA- Utility Workers Union of America grew up in Detroit and graduated from Marygrove College. S.E. started working for Consumers as a part-time dispatcher and then worked as a meter reader for 4.5 years. S. E. describes her training and recalls that as a woman she was not given the full amount of training that the men received....

View Resource Cathy Dawson Oral History

Cathy Dawson was born in Highland Park MI attended Michigan State University for three years before dropping out for financial reasons. After Dawson returned to the area she worked at Detroit Edison as a clerk for a few years but wanted a union job she that she could have more control over. Dawson apprenticed at Edison as a metal fabricator but realized that the physical demand was too much and...

View Resource Carrie Harding Oral History

Carrie Harding of Saginaw, MI is an Operating Engineer with Local 3241 and an instructor of MIOSHA, hazardous waste removal, and mine safety courses. While working as a traffic flagger she had an opportunity to train as an equipment operator. Harding explains that she was the only woman in the training program and describes the training and equipment. She recalls the sexist treatment she...

View Resource Renee Holbrook Oral History

Renee Holbrook is a mechanic with the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers Local 1219 under SEIU. Holbrook was born raised in Owosso, MI and attended technical school at Universal Technical Institute in Illinois and completed a certificate program in mechanics. After she completed the technical school program Holbrook moved to southern Illinois and took as job as a mechanic at a truck stop. ...