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Sue Jantschak Oral History

Sue Jantschak is a business agent with the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in veterinary technology and working in that field for thirteen years Sue developed allergies to the animals and had to leave the profession. Jantschak worked briefly in a bank but soon applied for the Carpenters apprenticeship after learning of the program. Jantschak recalls the difficulties she had during her apprenticeship and the general bias against women in the trades. Sue explains how she started attending union meetings to see where her dues were going and discusses the volunteer work she has done with the union. Jantschak completes the interview by discussing how and why she transitioned into a business agent, mentions that she was the first female business agent in Michigan and in the Carpenters, describes the job process and the danger the job poses.
Interviewee Jantschak, Sue,1955-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Carpenters
Subject 3 Business Agents
Coverage Ann Arbor, MI; Detroit, MI; 1973-2005
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No restrictions
Date Recorded 2005-05-16
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 0865
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-28 10:49:53
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 17:05:04
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 17:05:04
Repository city
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Repository URL
Contact Name LeFevre, William
Contact Email Address