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S.H. Oral History

In this interview S.H., a sheet metal worker with Local 80 recalls growing up in Taylor, MI and attending college in Kentucky and Lawrence Technical University before having to drop out for financial reasons. A sheet metal worker friend encouraged S.H. to take a placement test at Local 80; she passed and was offered a position. S.H. describes apprentice school, the sheet metal trade, and recalls that she was only the fourth female in her trade. She describes the transition from working in the shop to gaining hands on experience in the field where she first worked with local 80 members. This led to her interest in union activities. After experiencing and witnessing the unfair treatment of women in her field, S.H. ran and was elected an executive board member with the determination to make a change. S.H. describes the duties and functions of the executive board and its members. S.H. closes with her thoughts on the future of the trades, and how the economic conditions will affect the future of women in the trades.
Interviewee S.H.. 1962-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Sheet Metal Workers
Subject 3 Local 80
Coverage Taylor, MI; 1985-2005
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No direct quotation permitted
Date Recorded 2005-06-06
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 0864
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-28 10:38:33
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 17:06:37
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 17:06:37
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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