Big Talk: Radio Interview
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Date of Interview
William "Bill" Millet and Robert "Bob" Dorr
Both approximately late 30s at time of interview
Westbrook and Portland, Maine
Occupation/ Work History
Skilled maintenance workers at S.D. Warren Companies, and both union officials (shop stewards) at Warren.
Mill or Principal Employer
S. D. Warren
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Paper mills - Maine, Sappi Paper - History, S.D.Warren - Maine
This radio interview 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.
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Hillard, Michael, "Big Talk: Radio Interview" (1998). S.D. Warren Company. 41.