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Date of Interview
Duration of Audio File
Audio file #1 1:13:34; Audio file #2 00:32:06
Born approximately 1946; aged 57 at time of interview.
Brooklyn, New York
North Berwick, Maine
Occupation/ Work History
Lifelong movement activist, labor history and union strategy scholar (published both books and articles in labor journals). He began in anti-Vietnam War effort, and joined the southern Civil Rights movement (1964-1966) as a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Became a skilled carpenter, worked in a Maine shoe factory that he unionized and then became president of the new union local (New Balance) in late 1970s. Employed by the Project on Corporations, Law and Democracy in support of his writing books and articles.
Mill or Principal Employer
International Paper Mill in Jay, Maine, Maine State AFL-CIO
Jay, Maine 04262
Maine paper industry - labor relations; International Paper Co – Jay Strike 1987-1988; corporate concessions 1980s; labor activism; labor relations - Scott Paper
Kellman was the most effective militant labor movement organizer in Maine from late 1970s until 2010s. The interview focuses on dramatic labor relations developments in Maine in the late 1980s, including his leadership of Jay workers in building a statewide social movement to attempt to win the 1987-1988 Jay Strike at International Paper. Kellman also details the impact of the strike on labor relations at Scott Paper (including two S.D. Warren mills) in Maine.
Peter Kellman, interview by Michael Hillard, February 13, 2003, Stories of Maine's Paper Plantation, Digital Maine, Maine's Economic Improvement Fund, Digital Commons, University of Southern Maine