Audio Recording "Whenever they see there's pressure, because they know we have a deadline, they work even better."

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Title
"Whenever they see there's pressure, because they know we have a deadline, they work even better."
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: AC works to make the process faster. Works with operators not so much to obtain their ideas, as to see how they're most comfortable doing certain sections of garments, and to make the overall operation faster. Remember, it becomes faster, and they become happier because they see they're sewing fast. And it there's nothing coming out, they see that I become annoyed, and they become frustrated because they can't do it. AC works with the supervisor on each garment, to develop the sewing method, and the supervisor is there to help work out problems that arise as the others are sewing. But all operators work at all machines, they rotate around the sewing floor. AC says she has two or three that do facing all the time, they have good experience and stay there. TC asks whether the operators appreciate the finished product. AC says yes, especially whenthey're in a rush and have to get the product out. And when an order is a rush, they work as a team, get the order out. They take pride in doing it. Especially when they see that there's pressure, they know there's a deadline, they work even better. And they talk to each other, make suggestions, ask to be put on a particular machine or job because they know they're faster, etc.
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.tca02714
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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Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "Whenever they see there's pressure, because they know we have a deadline, they work even better.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004033/.

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Contreras-Mas, S., Curling, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Whenever they see there's pressure, because they know we have a deadline, they work even better.". -09-15. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004033/.

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Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "Whenever they see there's pressure, because they know we have a deadline, they work even better.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004033/>.