Interview with Shirley Lally
Date of Interview
Duration of Audio File
Born approximately 1930 or 1931, age 69 or 70 at date of interview
Brown Street, Westbrook, Maine
Occupation/ Work History
Paper inspector and counter in finishing department.
Mill or Principal Employer
S. D. Warren
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Labor History, Maine, S.D. Warren Company, paper inspector, union activist, family member
Lally worked 40 years at the mill in the predominantly female finishing department, inspecting and counting reams of paper by hand. She was married to another mill worker. At the time of unionization in the late 1960s, she led a group of activist women who rebelled against the mill's practice of laying off women with greater seniority than men, successfully changing seniority policy for women for the better.
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Shirley Lally, interview by Michael Hillard, October 27, 2000, Stories of Maine's Paper Plantation, Digital Maine, Maine's Economic Improvement Fund, Digital Commons, University of Southern Maine