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Audio Recording "This is why I like our union."

"This is why I like our union."

About this Item


  • "This is why I like our union."


  • DiStefano, Florence (Narrator)
  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-09-12


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Italian Americans
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Labor leaders
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Retirees
  • -  Wages
  • -  Clothing industry
  • -  Textile industry unions
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with retired garment worker Florence DiStefano at her home in Paterson, New Jersey.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: When she first started in the garment industry in 1937, she was paid 25 cents/hour and received no benefits. During World War II, the union began to get involved and Florence was paid better on a piecework basis. In the 1950s, Florence became president of Local 134 of the ILGWU; health benefits began to be received; by 1960s "we weren't doing bad": health benefits, minimum wages, and 35-hour week (from 40); the former strength of the ILGWU.


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A025

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Distefano, Florence, and David Alan Taylor. "This is why I like our union.". -09-12, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Distefano, F. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "This is why I like our union.". -09-12. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Distefano, Florence, and David Alan Taylor. "This is why I like our union.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.