Jean Sardino Oral History Interview Edit




  • 2000-04-10 (Creation)
  • 1949 – 1991 (Event)


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    Sardino was born and raised in Rheems, PA; attended a two-room schoolhouse until 11th grade when she went to work at Gerber-Payne then Savoy shoe factories. Came to work at chocolate factory in 1949. Worked in variety of departments:  the wrapping; box, confectionery, cocoa, tin can, press room, knock-out, shipping, and molding.  Witnessed changes in lines; machinery; rates; rules. Discusses job duties; work routines; supervisors; foremen. Describes instability of work in the chocolate factory because of lay-offs; lack of maternity leave; losing seniority; work hours; application process.

    Issue of job security led to her decision to join union in 1964; served as first female steward, union representative and temporary branch president. Discusses union membership; separation of men’s and women’s jobs and pay differences; relationship with co-workers; violence during strikes; grievance procedure; role of Union; Conference Committee; hostility toward Reese factory.

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    Collections: 2000OH01 (Union Story Circle)

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