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Linda Bart and Judy Ellul Oral History

In this interview, sisters Linda Bart and Judy Ellul discuss their careers as rod busters. Bart entered the federally funded Trade Union Leadership Council in Detroit in 1979 and accepted a position as a rod buster with the Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 426. Ellul was recruited by her sister in the mid 1980’s. The sisters recall their first days on the job and explain the physical and mental strength it takes for a woman to work in such a physically demanding predominately male profession. Ellul discusses how the physicality of the job ultimately led to her going on disability, while Bart too left the rod busters for the less demanding electrical trade. The interview concludes with Ellul and Bart sharing their feelings on why few women are active in the union, the merger with the ironworkers, and general concerns about the impact of the economy on their profession. At the time of the interview Ellul was working toward a degree in construction management while Bart was planning to re-enter the rod busting trade.
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Interviewee Bart, Linda; Ellul, Judy
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Rod busters
Subject 3 IBEW-International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Coverage Metro Detroit: 1979-2006
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library
Access Rights No restrictions.
Date Recorded 2006-02-20
Transcript Format Paper
Interviewer Raucher, Margaret; Advisory Group Members
Collection Name Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral History Project
Collection Description Interviews with women in a variety of construction and maintenance trades.
Oral History ID WPR 0777
Date Of Record Creation 2009-05-29 12:41:43
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 16:42:01
Repository address 5401 Cass Avenue
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 16:42:01
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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