Title

Big Talk

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Date of Interview

1-22-1998

Interviewee

William "Bill" Millet and Robert "Bob" Dorr

Age

Both approximately late 30s at time of interview

Gender

Male

Residence

Westbrook and Portland, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Skilled maintenance workers at S.D. Warren Companies, and both union officials (shop stewards) at Warren.

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 radio interview that discusses labor relations at S.D. Warren in the 1980s and 1990s. Themes include the difficulties of paper mill unions in Maine in the wake of the 1987-88 Jay, Maine strike that resulted in 1250 unionized workers losing their jobs. In the "no strike" environment post-Jay, unions sought to defend contracts by remaining hard nosed. Warren had been purchased by a South African company in 1995 from Scott Paper Company; the mill's skilled workers took a certain measure of control from new outside mill managers, taking advantage of their superior knowledge of the mill's operations.

Document Type

Interview

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