Audio Recording "We get to know them, we know what's happening with [our employees]."

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Title
"We get to know them, we know what's happening with [our employees]."
Contributor Names
Contreras-Mas, Sylvia (Narrator)
Curling, Amada (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-15
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  Family-run businesses
-  Employees
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  V. B. F. Trim Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  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 whether it's because they're women that they provide that sort of environment, have that sort of attitude. AC says yes, it is. SC-M takes a phone call, TC recalls an earlier part of the conversation. SC-M says that when one of the relatives are sick, because they're women they feel more, ask after sick relatives, have been to funerals, etc. You see them every day, see the pain, and have gotten to know their families. And people open up to them. SC-M doesn't think it would be the same if they were male owners. SC-M thinks women feel more than men. TC asks if that carries over into the business, and is a more "feeling" sort of business as a result of having female owners. AC says Maybe, and laughs. AC but that doesn't affect [discipline], at 8 am they have to be here, they have to be working, they can't be talking. Have to play that authoritative role. AC says sometimes, on Fridays, the people stay after work, have a soda, and sit and talk in the lunchroom.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A027
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02712
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:

Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "We get to know them, we know what's happening with our employees.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004031/.

APA citation style:

Contreras-Mas, S., Curling, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "We get to know them, we know what's happening with our employees.". -09-15. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004031/.

MLA citation style:

Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "We get to know them, we know what's happening with our employees.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004031/>.