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Eva Caradonna Oral History

Eva Cardonna grew up Detroit and worked as a medical technician in a Doctors office for 20 years. Cardonna was looking for a change and after completing a carpentry class enrolled at the Ferndale Carpenters Local apprenticeship school. Cardonna describes her first day on the job and how she learned to adjust to an all-male work environment. After completing her apprenticeship Cardonna was recruited to work for Cadillac Motor Cars in 1983 as a result of an EEOC settlement. She was the first outside skilled tradeswomen and was able to find work for other female skilled tradeswomen. Soon she was offered a promotion as a supervisor and continued in that position. The interview concludes with a discussion on the change in the Union over the last 20 years regarding minorities and equality, and the relationship between UAW and IBEW.
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Interviewee Caradonna, Eva, 1955-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Carpentry
Subject 3 Cadillac Motor Cars
Coverage Detroit, MI; 1955-2004
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No restrictions
Date Recorded 2004-06-24
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 conducted between 2004 and 2006.
Oral History ID WPR 0855
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-25 13:41:41
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 16:28:22
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 16:28:22
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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