Denis Blais Interview
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Denis Blais was a long-time leader of the Textile Workers of America in Lewiston. He began as manager of the local area office and ended up as regional vice-president.
Denis' father moved from Armargh, QC to Rhode Island, since the Quebec winters were too demanding on his health. When his father died in 1937, Denis went to work in a textile mill, where he was exposed to the conditions of workers, and convinced to join the local union. He went on to be a union recruiter and organizer in Rhode Island.
Employed by the Union (TWUA-CIO), he was sent to Lewiston, Maine because of his bilingualism. In total, he spent 34 years working for the union.
Oral History, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine
Interviews and Lectures Collection, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine Libraries.