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Carrie Wells Oral History

In this interview Carrie Wells, a tile setter from Detroit recalls how she entered the tile setting trade after attending college and working in a radio station. Wells explains the apprenticeship program’s mandate to accept women and minorities and the high turnover of these minorities upon completion of their training. Wells cites the multiple generations and the persistence of racism, sexism, and nepotism in the trade as factors in the high turnover. Wells sustained a herniated disc on the job and at the time of the interview was out on disability. She discusses the physical toll the tile setting profession can put on the body, the high rate of injury to tile setters, and job safety issues. Wells discusses her union, its membership policy, and her feelings of dissatisfaction about the union’s policies and politics. At the time of the interview Wells was out on disability and was using the time to complete her degree at Wayne State University, she was unsure if she would return to work after her injury has heeled.
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Interviewee Wells, Carrie, 1972-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Tile Setters
Subject 3 BAC- Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers
Coverage Detroit, MI; 1996-2004
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No restrictions
Date Recorded 2004-03-24
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 0870
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-28 11:58:51
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 16:49:11
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 16:49:11
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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