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Date of Interview

8-15-2000

Duration of Audio File

Audio file #1 00:54:41; Audio file #2 00:52:38

Interviewee

Barry Kenny

Age

Born early 1960s; age at time of interview - approximately late 30s or 40 years old.

Gender

Male

Birth Place

Westbrook, Maine

Residence

Portland, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Millwright

Role

Union

Mill or Principal Employer

S. D. Warren

Mill Location

Westbrook, Maine 04092

Keywords

S.D. Warren - history, paper mill work life, paper mill - unions, S.D. Warren - history, unions - paper industry, millwright-paper industry, corporate restructuring, dislocated worker

Abstract

Kenney was a skilled millwright at S.D. Warren from the mid-1980s until 2000. Millwrights are all around machinists/mechanics who repair machines. Kenney worked with other "maintenance" workers including electricians, pipefitters etc. to repair and maintain the wide variety of machinery found in the pulp mill, paper machines, finishing department, and boilers. Kenney was also a union official with the International Brotherhood of Fireman and Oilers. Previously was in the Navy for six years.

Comments

Discusses work & family life at S. D. Warren, Westbrook, life a a millwright, doing major repairs on machinery, union-management relations, workplace dangers, and workplace culture. Critical of top heavy management structure, exudes craft pride, and wide range of effectiveness among skilled maintenance workers.

Document Type

Interview

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