Repository: Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library
Title: Carrie Wells Oral History
Interviewee: Wells, Carrie, 1972-
Description: In this interview Carrie Wells, a tile setter from Detroit recalls how she entered the tile setting trade after attending college and working in a radio station. Wells explains the apprenticeship programís mandate to accept women and minorities and the high turnover of these minorities upon completion of their training. Wells cites the multiple generations and the persistence of racism, sexism, and nepotism in the trade as factors in the high turnover. Wells sustained a herniated disc on the job and at the time of the interview was out on disability. She discusses the physical toll the tile setting profession can put on the body, the high rate of injury to tile setters, and job safety issues. Wells discusses her union, its membership policy, and her feelings of dissatisfaction about the unionís policies and politics. At the time of the interview Wells was out on disability and was using the time to complete her degree at Wayne State University, she was unsure if she would return to work after her injury has heeled.
Subject 1: Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2: Tile Setters
Subject 3: BAC- Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers
Classification: Work
Labor -- Labor movement -- Women
Institutions -- Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library
Coverage: Detroit, MI; 1996-2004
Resource Type: Text
Language: English
Permissions & Copyright: Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights: No restrictions
Date Recorded: 2004-03-24
Release Flag: OK for Viewing
Transcript Format: Paper
Interviewer: Raucher, Margaret; Advisory Group Members
Collection Name: Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral History Project
Collection Description: Interviews with women in a variety of construction and maintenance trades conducted between 2004 and 2006.
Oral History ID: WPR 0870
Date Of Record Creation: 2009-09-28 11:58:51 (W3C-DTF)
Collection ID: 1942
Date Of Record Release: 2013-04-25 16:49:11
Date Record Checked: 2009-09-28 (W3C-DTF)
Repository address: 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified: 2013-04-25 16:49:11 (W3C-DTF)
Repository city: Detroit
Repository state: Michigan
Repository URL: htp:// (URI)
Contact Name: LeFevre, William
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