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Date of Interview

3-20-2003

Duration of Audio File

Audio file #1 1:11:15; Audio file #2 1:00:28

Interviewee

Karl Dornish

Age

Born September 1932, aged 70 at time of interview

Gender

Male

Residence

Waterville, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Senior production manager.

Role

Management

Mill or Principal Employer

S. D. Warren

Mill Location

Westbrook, Maine 04092

Keywords

Paternalism, Paper mills - Maine, S.D.Warren - Maine, S.D. Warren - business history, S.D. Warren - labor relations history, paper mill - gender discrimination

Abstract

Senior production manager at S.D. Warren Westbrook, 1954-1970s, then at S.D. Warren-Somerset/Hinckley from late 1970s until around 1990. Spent a few years at S.D. Warren's Muskegon, Michigan mill before retiring in Waterville, Maine area. Graduate of Colby College.

Comments

A "gold mine" interview on business and labor history of S.D. Warren Westbrook from 1950s-1970s, and S.D. Warren-Somerset/Hinckley mill from 1970s to 1990s. Describes post-World War II workforce comprised of alcoholics with trauma disorders, extensive paternalism of mill, including running a "drunk tank" for alcoholics, tolerating workers who produced very little, antiquated management practices towards workers, and how much of this changed after the mill unionized in 1970s. Important story about Warren's explicit gender wage discrimination practices that still existed in the 1960s. Detailed information about business including paper grades, profitability, and S.D. Warren's premier status. Later worked at the new S.D.Warren mill Hinckley, Maine. Sharp criticisms of Scott Paper's "Jointness" initiative in the late 1980s.

Lengthy transcript attached.

Document Type

Interview

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