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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 found a new apprenticeship in the Edison machine shop. She discusses how she was (and remains) the only female worker there and explains the adjustment period that she and her male co-workers went through. Dawson explains that the apprenticeship program at Edison is no longer in existence and the problems this will cause the next generation of machinists. Dawson is currently Women's director of the local she describes that position. She concludes the interview by discussing the future of women at UWUA Local 223.
Interviewee Dawson, Cathy
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Machinists
Subject 3 UWUA Local 223
Coverage Detroit, MI; 1972-2004
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No restrictions
Date Recorded 2004-03-08
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 0857
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-25 14:09:16
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 17:01:40
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 17:01:40
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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