Denis Blais Interview

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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.

Duration

01:27:09

Document Type

Audio Recording

Identifier

2019.14.5

Publication Date

2-28-1994

City

Lewiston, Maine

Keywords

Oral History, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine

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Denis Blais Interview


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