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.