Date of Interview
74 at time of interview, born 1928, died 2014 age 86
Gorham, New Hampshire
Westbrook, Maine from 1940s unto 2014.
Occupation/ Work History
S. D. Warren foreman / supervisor from 1944-1988. Moved up from shop floor foreman to director of scheduling for the entire mill.
Mill or Principal Employer
S. D. Warren
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Burton worked for a few years as hourly worker, then spent most of his career as a foreman and supervisor at S.D. Warren from height of S.D. Warren days until era when Scott began layoffs and disrupted local management customs. A good interview to learn about how supervisors/managers did their work and issues they confronted. Burton gives a detailed description of how workers were "indulged" by top management, i.e., seldom fired or challenged in work effort and practices, and also how lower level managers were hurt and weakened by unionization.
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Robert Burton, interview by Michael Hillard, July 9, 2002, Stories of Maine's Paper Plantation, Digital Maine, Maine's Economic Improvement Fund, Digital Commons, University of Southern Maine