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M.G. Oral History

M.G. is a member of Local 659 and is an Electrician at Flint Engine South. M.G began working at GM and after spending several years on the production line she began to seek a more demanding position. She tested for the skilled trades and was accepted into the apprenticeship program in 1977, the second female and the first to complete the apprenticeship. M.G discusses the difference in treatment she received from the varying generations in the plant; the younger were much more accepting of a woman in the trades than were the older generation. In 1999 she was accepted into a position in the facilities group at the new engine facility, and few years later was moved into a quality network processing position. M.G. discusses her union activities and is involved with the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Region 1C Women's Council, and the United Way. A letter from the interviewee to Margaret Roucher is included at the end of this oral history.
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Interviewee M.G., 1950-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Electricians
Subject 3 Flint Engine South
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Coverage Flint, MI; 1977-2006
Resource Type Text
Language
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No direct quotation permitted
Date Recorded 2006-05-22
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 0860
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-25 15:46:11
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 16:40:57
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 16:40:57
Repository city
Repository state
Repository URL http://www.reuther.wayne.edu/
Contact Name LeFevre, William
Contact Email Address reutherreference@wayne.edu

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