Antonio Pomerleau Interview
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Antonio Pomerleau (b. 1907, Saint-Méthode, QC) left Canada when he was three years old and travelled with his family to Lewiston, Maine. Although his father had been recruited to work in the Bates textile mill, he didn't like the work, and became a woodsman instead. After the fourth grade, Antonio followed his father into the logging trade, but took a job at the Bates mill himself at age 16. He would continue to work in the industry at different Maine textile mills until his retirement. Antonio began work as a sweeper, earning $13.82 for a fifty-four hour work week. With the advent of the Great Depression, however, wages had plummeted to $7.00 for the legally-mandated forty-hour work week. In 1936, Antonio helped organize the union at the Bates Mill. In this interview with Ralph Roy, conducted April 22, 1994, Antonio talks about his working conditions, relationship with the union and his attitude to work.
Oral History, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine
Interviews and Lectures Collection, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine Libraries.