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Denise Greer Oral History

Denise Greer of Local 898 is a millwright at the Ford Rawsonville plant. Greer attended college for music but found fulltime work with Ford in 1998. She describes the problems she has had with supervisors and harassment as she is only one of five women millwrights. Greer feels that she cannot rise politically in the union but would stay on in the plant if she could and cites the “Old Boys Club” mentality as one cause of her lack of political mobility. She discusses the lack of racial diversity in the trades and feels that there is very little encouragement to recruit women into the trades at Ford. At the time of the interview Greer was enrolled as a pre-law student at Eastern Michigan University and hopes to have a future in labor law.
Interviewee Greer, Denise, 1977-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Millwrights
Subject 3 Ford Rawsonville plant
Coverage Ypsilanti, MI; 1998-2004
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No restrictions
Date Recorded 2004-04-28
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 0861
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-25 16:07:59
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 17:07:33
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 17:07:33
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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