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Interview with Bob Dorr

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Date of Interview

7-11-2000

Duration of Audio File

Audio file #1 01:03:05; Audio file #2 01:03:16

Interviewee

Bob Dorr

Age

Born in late 1950s, approximately 41 or 42 at time of interview.

Gender

Male

Birth Place

Greater Portland area

Residence

Portland, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Instrument technician at S.D. Warren-Westbrook from 1985 to 1999.

Role

Union

Mill or Principal Employer

S. D. Warren

Mill Location

Westbrook, Maine 04092

Keywords

Paper mills - Maine, Sappi Paper - History, S.D.Warren - Maine

Abstract

A highly skilled instrument technician at S.D. Warren-Westbrook. Union official (shop steward then vice president) during the 1990s with the Westbrook local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Previously spent six years in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician.

Was laid off, became a production manager at B&M Baked Beans and Fairchild Semiconductor in Portland area, also earning a Master's in Business Administration.

Comments

Detailed description of work as a "troubleshooter" installing and repairing a wide variety of electrical, mechanical, and computer systems within the mill. Describes the superior skills of experienced workers versus less knowledgable supervisors. Depicts hot and dangerous conditions in the mill, death of worker on the job, and frequent injuries.

Document Type

Interview

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