Title

Interview with Dan Parks

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Date of Interview

6-12-2001

Duration of Audio File

Audio file #1 00:57:33; Audio file #2 00:57:45; Audio file #3 00:57:27; Audio file #4 00:07:14

Interviewee

Dan Parks

Age

Born approximately 1946; age 55 or 56 at time of interview

Gender

Male

Birth Place

Portland, Maine

Residence

Portland, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Paper mill worker in finishing department, union president

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, U.S. labor relations, unionization, gender

Abstract

Began working at S.D. Warren in early 1960s after other factory jobs; became a union leader after mill unionized in 1967, including a brief stint as President of United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU) Local 1069.

Comments

Discusses early career at mill, union involvement and strikes. Details favoritism and gender discrimination in mill before unionization. Tells story of four women who led rebellion over discrimination in seniority at the time of unionization, and has detailed recollections of the 1967 successful vote for unionization. Describes later strikes and Scott's "Jointness" initiative to reorganize work along team lines in 1980s and 1990s.

Document Type

Interview

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