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Audio File #1 00:43:46


Peter Kellman


born 1946



Birth Place

Brooklyn, New York


North Berwick, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Labor Movement Activist

Mill or Principal Employer

Independent Scholar & Activist

Mill Location

Westbrook, Maine 04092


S.D. Warren, Sappi, Paper Mills - Maine; International Paper - Jay Maine, Paper Mill Workers Strike of 1971, Woodsman's Strike


Kellman's observations as an activist and historian of labor in Maine's paper industry. His focus was on his understanding of the ethnic and social character of Maine paper mill towns, including Jay, Madawaska, and Westbrook; as well as Maine's "Yankee" farmers. Kellman also describes Maine Woodsmen's Association strike of 1975, the Fraser Paper strike of 1971, and strategies by corporations to weaken unions after 1950.


Kellman is a lifelong movement activist, labor hisotry and union strategy scholar (published a number of books, pamphlets and journal articles in labor journals). He began his life of activist as an anti-Vietnam activist while playing football at University of Maine, Orono and then joined the southern Civil Rights movement (1964-1966) as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Became a skilled carpenter, worked in a Maine shoe factory (New Balance) that he helped unionize and became first president of the new union local in late 1970s. Played an important leadership role in 1987-1988 International Paper Strike at Jay, Maine. In 2000s became president of the Southern Maine Labor Council AFL-CIO and mentored a group of young labor activists who became top staffers for the state AFL-CIO

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