Audio Recording "It's kind of a dirty, hustle, hurry-up type of business; a lot of Americans won't do that anymore."

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Title
"It's kind of a dirty, hustle, hurry-up type of business; a lot of Americans won't do that anymore."
Contributor Names
Landi, Vincent (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-17
Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  Ethnicity and occupation
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Garden State Cutting Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Vincent Landi, owner of Garden State Cutting Co. on Gray Street at 21st Avenue.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks about work force in GSC. VL says they're mostly Paterson people, all legal workers. Typically, they've been here a year and need a job. A lot of people resistant to hire them because of the language barrier. We live in here with a language barrier, but we communicate. There's not a lot of communication needed in the factory; it's basically work. You tell 'em what to do and they do it for the rest of the day. Workers mostly Hispanic, Black, Oriental, Filipino, but the majority in this factory are Latino -- Columbian, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Cuban. All live within a couple of miles, a lot don't drive so they take buses here, Paterson has a good bus system. So that's the type of workforce needed -- fairly low paid, minimum wage type people, hard working, and people who are willing to do this type of job, this is not IBM, it's not suit and tie, not clean, fancy, prestigious. It's kind ofa dirty, hustle, hurry up type of business. A lot of Americans won't do that anymore. To get an American force in here the labor would be way, way too expensive. And again, we're competing against third world nations -- Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan -- so the labor's got to be very low. And we find with these people in the area we can get that, and good work. Never miss a day, work hard every day, are very conscientious, and they don't really complain.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A013
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca01303
Online Format
audio

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

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Landi, Vincent, and Thomas D Carroll. "It's kind of a dirty, hustle, hurry-up type of business; a lot of Americans won't do that anymore.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003920/.

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Landi, V. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "It's kind of a dirty, hustle, hurry-up type of business; a lot of Americans won't do that anymore.". -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003920/.

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Landi, Vincent, and Thomas D Carroll. "It's kind of a dirty, hustle, hurry-up type of business; a lot of Americans won't do that anymore.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003920/>.