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J.W. Oral History

J.W. is a metal model maker and a trainer with the UAW. Born and raised in Flint, MI J.W. went to work on the line at Delphi East in the mid 1970’s. She worked on the line for 10 years, took the skilled trades test and scored very high. J.W. chose to be model maker because she was afraid of the heights involved with electrical work. J.W. describes her apprenticeship and the mistreatment she had to endure not only because she was not only a woman but because she was African American. J.W. decided to get involved in the union increase the representation of women and minorities. She won the position of recording secretary and in 1997 she was appointed to International staff for the UAW, the first African American woman in the history of the UAW to come out of her region to the International staff. J.W. closes the interview with her thoughts on what the union can do to get more women into the trades, the future of the trades at GM, Chrysler and Ford, and the impact that new technology has made on the trades.
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Interviewee J.W., 1955-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Metal model makers
Subject 3 Delphi East
Coverage Flint, MI; 1970's- 2005
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No direct quotation permitted
Date Recorded 2005-08-15
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 0871
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-28 12:20:08
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 16:53:52
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 16:53:52
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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