Audio Recording "The garment industry is a go-nowhere job; it's there to help you survive."

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Title
"The garment industry is a go-nowhere job; it's there to help you survive."
Contributor Names
Boyle, Patrick (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-06
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Garden State Cutting Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Patrick Boyle, an employee at Garden State Cutting Co.
-  Summary of audio segment: The jobs are here, you just gotta look for them. PB says actually it's the wages, they don't pay much in the garment industry. Everybody knows that. The garment industry is a go nowhere job, but it's there to help you survive. Because PB knows he can't go any higher than he has gotten, except to be owner of the place, and he doesn't have the money for that. So he just goes with the flow. Makes pretty good money here, considering [on account of?] the years he's been here. Wishes he made more, but the industry doesn't really pay that much. But that's it. TC asks how PB got the job here. PB got into the material end of the garment business a year after he got out of the service. he did minor jobs just to see what kind of jobs he could stick with, deal with. He's not too much into chemical jobs. This isn't all that great either. Anyway, looked for jobs, then got the ribbon job, and couldn't deal with that because they were getting very slow and job was uncertain. They went out of business. So PB was walking down the street and met one of his friends, and said "Do they happen to be hiring where you're at?" But friend said he'd speak to his boss, maybe he can give you a couple days a week. So PB went to see the boss, and he gave his part time work and saw the progress in PB's work, and he's here since then, thirteen years. That should say enough right there, PB does good work, good quality work. It's not his business, but he cares for the business. PB is content, he makes money, he's not busting his hump. And good people work here. Vinnie's a good boss [Vince Landi, the owner], and John is a good supervisor, they're all good people here. PB guesses that in the garment industry you find a lot of good people. There are people with different backgrounds in the industry. PB has met so many different people.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A017
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca01702
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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Chicago citation style:

Boyle, Patrick, and Thomas D Carroll. "The garment industry is a go-nowhere job; it's there to help you survive.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003954/.

APA citation style:

Boyle, P. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "The garment industry is a go-nowhere job; it's there to help you survive.". -09-06. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003954/.

MLA citation style:

Boyle, Patrick, and Thomas D Carroll. "The garment industry is a go-nowhere job; it's there to help you survive.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003954/>.