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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. S.E. discusses the shortage of pipefitters and how this had led to their schooling being cut short. S. E. became a union rep in 1990. She attended the Latino Workers Leadership Institute and has since volunteered at a variety of conferences, has become involved in committees, and organized for the union on the national level. S.E. concludes the interview with a discussion of her current union involvement, why so few women are in the trades, and the changes in working conditions in her trade.
Interviewee S.E.
Subject 1 Skilled Tradeswomen
Subject 2 Pipefitters
Subject 3 UWUA- Utility Workers Union of America
Coverage Detroit, MI; 1981-2004
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No direct quotation permitted
Date Recorded 2004-04-07
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 0858
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-25 14:32:20
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 17:02:59
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 17:02:59
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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