Interview with Tommy Lestage 4 of 5
Date of Interview
Duration of Audio File
Audio File 1 -- 01:03:18; Audio File 2 -- 01:03:30
Tommy Lestage was a long time militant labor activist and union leader at Westbrook mill. He recounts experience of working in paper mill in his various jobs - what it is like, safety problems and injuries, skills, and generally what happens while doing shiftwork and braving difficult conditions. Lestage recalls features of mill culture including practical jokes, manly relations among male workers, and varying experiences with supervisors and managers. As a low level union shop steward and later leader of the union, he has very detailed accounts of all aspects of union-company relations. The interview includes an extensive description of resistance by Local 1069 to Scott Paper's "Jointness" labor-management cooperation and work reorganization project (1988-1994), and participation in solidarity actions in support of paper mill workers on strike against International Paper Company in Jay, Maine in 1987-1988.
President and officer of United Paperworkers International Union Local 1069, 1983-2003, pulp mill worker and later paper machine hand.
Mill or Principal Employer
S.D. Warren Company
Paper mills - Maine, Sappi Paper - History, S.D.Warren - Maine, Paper Mills- Safety & Maintenance, Paper Mills - Injuries
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Hillard, Michael G. PhD, "Interview with Tommy Lestage 4 of 5" (2000). S.D. Warren Company. 5.