Date of Interview
Duration of Audio File
Born 1947, approximately aged 56 at time of the interview
Likely Jay Maine
Occupation/ Work History
UPIU Local 14, strike leader in famous International Paper Strike in Jay, Maine, 1987-88, skilled maintenance worker
Mill or Principal Employer
Jay, Maine 04262
Jay Strike, International Paper Strike, Strike Leader, Maine Legislature Labor Caucus, Pipefitter
Ray Pineau was a leader in the historic Jay, Maine International Paper Strike in 1987-88. He is featured in Julius Getman's book on the strike, "The Betrayal of Local 14." Pineau's interview includes his observations on the politics and attitudes of the S.D. Warren workers and union leaders during the Jay Strike; Pineau worked at S.D. Warren for a brief period during the strike. Later he became a representative in the Maine State Legislature, helping to found a labor caucus in the 1990s and 2000s.
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Ray Pineau, interview by Michael Hillard, March 4, 2003, Stories of Maine's Paper Plantation, Digital Maine, Maine's Economic Improvement Fund, Digital Commons, University of Southern Maine
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Also makes interesting observations about Westbrook making the industry's best paper in the industry. Describes how he brought in-plant organizing techniques to S.D. Warren workers that radicalized their relations with management, and his experiences reaching out and educating workers in other Maine paper mills.