Donna Breidegam Oral History Interview Edit




  • 2000-06-19 (Creation)
  • 1950 – 2000 (Event)


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    Breidegam was born and was raised in Jonestown, PA. Graduated from high school in 1964.  Started work in chocolate factory in 1971. Worked in lower and upper ends of the Chocolate factory.  Discussion of men’s and  women’s jobs:  working conditions; relationships with co-workers;  morale and work ethic; being “pushed”; seniority (department versus plant times); maternity leave; quality assurance; ethnic and sexual harassment; supervision; foremen.  She became active in union after 1972 Strike; Discusses friendship with Sally Kelly, who filed charges based on separation of men’s and women’s jobs in 1972; abiding by contract (book); women’s involvement in union; grievance process; her interest in helping people; attending union convention in 1998; relationship of local to international union; factory workforce ethnic make-up; Strikes (1972, 1980) and support of local businesses during strike.  Active as Union representative, member and acting Chair of Conference Committee; member of Organization Committee, Labor Education, Executive Board; graduated from Union Leadership Academy in 1975; trustee on Community Service Committee.

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