Christina Kasprzak



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This interview is one of a series conducted with former employees of the Huntington Owens-Illinois, Inc. glass bottle factory. Mrs. Stella Jean Hanley, born June 21, 1939, began working at the Owens glass plant in 1957 as a selector. Her mother had been employed at the Owens facility for many years. In this interview, Mrs. Hanley discusses the details of the job she performed, the physical difficulty of that job, and the problem of balancing work and family. Mrs. Hanley compares her early years at the plant to later years in terms of automation, cutbacks, and increased opportunities for women and blacks. Furthermore, she talks about her family, friends, and social activities she participated in at the plant. Mrs. Hanley was laid off in December of 1993 when the Huntington plant closed. Her husband and son were also among the many laid off workers.

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Hanley, Stella Jean, 1939- -- Autobiography.
Owens-Illinois, Inc. Glass Container Division (Huntington, W. Va.) -- Oral histories.
Glass container industry -- Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories.
Shift systems -- Oral histories.
Trade-unions -- Glass-workers -- Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-506.


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Oral History Interview: Stella Jean Hanley