G. Robert Vincent Voice Library
Lansing Auto Town Gallery

Betty McNary discusses her career as a production worker and UAW member at the Fisher Body plant in Lansing, MI

Betty talks about her Russian-Jewish ancestry, leaving home in Toronto at 16 to avoid cultural obligations, and coming to the U.S. She hired into Fisher in 1946 and again in May 1948. Betty talks about factory life for the few women including lower pay, harder work, community restrooms, and stereotypical perceptions of factory women. Betty shares her opinion of the union and management, describes her union activity, smoking, strikes, layoffs, and paying union dues.

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