Date of Interview
Duration of Audio File
Audio file #1 00:47:05; Audio file #2 00:47:31; Audio file #3 00:36:18
Born May 6, 1924, aged 76 at time of interview, died January 28, 2006
Duck Pond Road, Westbrook, Maine
Occupation/ Work History
Lab technician, finishing department worker, union leader, Democratic Party activist, Senator in Maine State Legislature, founder of Maine Labor Group on Health, Merchant Shipman during World War II.
Mill or Principal Employer
S. D. Warren
Westbrook, Maine 04092
S.D. Warren, Sappi, Paper Mills - Maine; Paper industry - Maine - History
Arthur Gordon is considered by Maine labor union leaders and activists to have been the "institutional memory" of S.D. Warren's unionization and Local 1069 of the United Paperworkers International. Gordon spearheaded Local 1069's transformation of Westbrook in the 1960s from a management-dominated Republican city to a union-dominated Democratic city. He served on the Westbrook city council and then the Maine State Legislature, also while being a leader of the movement to improve occupational safety in Maine industrial workplaces.
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Arthur Gordon, interview by Michael Hillard, June 26, 2000, Stories of Maine's Paper Plantation, Digital Maine, Maine's Economic Improvement Fund, Digital Commons, University of Southern Maine