Title

Interview with Shirley Lally

Date of Interview

10-27-2000

Duration of Audio File

00:45:07

Interviewee

Shirley Lally

Age

Born approximately 1930 or 1931, age 69 or 70 at date of interview

Gender

Female

Birth Place

Westbrook, Maine

Residence

Brown Street, Westbrook, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Paper inspector and counter in finishing department.

Role

Union

Mill or Principal Employer

S. D. Warren

Mill Location

Westbrook, Maine 04092

Keywords

Labor History, Maine, S.D. Warren Company, paper inspector, union activist, family member

Abstract

Worked 40 years at the mill in the predominantly female finishing department, inspecting and counting reams of paper by hand. 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.

Comments

Reminiscences include life and work in finishing department - how women counted reams of paper by hand while inspecting their quality, rampant favoritism in job assignments and sexual harassment. Also discusses legendary mill paternalism, for example financially rescuing workers. She and her husband purchased one of the mill's original housing for workers, a John Calvin Stephens designed home on Brown Street in Westbrook, Maine.

Document Type

Interview

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