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Jola Stone Oral History

Jola Stone attended art school and worked in the engineering and drafting departments of Consumers Power in Grand Rapids, MI before a friend referred her to an opening at MichCon (now DTE). Stone was the first women hired into the drafting department. Stone discusses the technical aspects of drafting and compares the way drafting was done by hand when she entered the field in 1975 to the current practice of drafting on computers. A year into her employment the drafting department joined the International Chemical Workers Union (currently under the United Food and Commercial Workers) and Jola became active in the union. Stone was vice president of her union until 1987 when she became president. She is the only female officer in her union and she discusses the underrepresentation of women in the union and the lack of encouragement for women to advance in the union. Stone ends the interview with a discussion on the benefits of being in a union and her hopes for more women to become involved in union activities.
Interviewee Stone, Jola, 1948-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Drafting
Subject 3 ICWU-International Chemical Workers Union
Coverage Grand Rapids, MI; 1966-2004
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No restrictions
Date Recorded 2004-10-18
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 0869
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-28 11:47:04
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 17:08:36
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 17:08:37
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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