Audio Recording "This business is seasonal."

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"This business is seasonal."
Contributor Names
Contreras-Mas, Sylvia (Narrator)
Curling, Amada (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  V. B. F. Trim Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Amada Curling and Sylvia Contreras-Mas, co-owners of V.B.F., a garment cutting and sewing contractor business.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks if they have to lay people off in down periods. AC says yes they do, the business is seasonal. What do the workers do when they're laid off? AC says they hold them as long as they can, then try to find as much work as possible for each person. They know that as the work gets low, they share the available work around. And they try to put their vacations through during slow periods. Slow periods are January and July, those are the two main slow periods. And if they find other jobs, they're willing to come back, leave their jobs, because they don't feel comfortable on other jobs. The sisters provided a lunch room, and the workers [decorated] it how they wanted. It's like home.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A027
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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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:

Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "This business is seasonal.". -09-15, 1994. Audio.

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Contreras-Mas, S., Curling, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "This business is seasonal.". -09-15. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "This business is seasonal.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.