G. Robert Vincent Voice Library
Lansing Auto Town Gallery

Carla Gates discusses her career as a skilled trades electrician and UAW member at the Fisher Body plant in Lansing, MI

Carla recalls being hired in September 1976 and people yelling out the windows of the factory at those lined up to apply. She describes her first day being assigned to the Body Shop because she "looked strong." Carla went on supervision to stay on the day shift but returned to production. In 1985 she was accepted as an electrical apprentice. Carla discusses education, work, sexism issues, relations with male tradesmen, management, and her union activity.

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