Interview with Louise Huffman, June 15, 1987

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Huffman discusses working as a nurses' aide in United Methodist Hospital in Pikeville (Ky). She describes her duties in both the new and the old hospital. Huffman recalls discussing a union while working in the old hospital and as the patient load increased, the nurses' aides grew more and more overwhelmed. Huffman describes tensions with the nursing staff as many of them would not help the nurses' aides. She recalls the beginning of unionization in the new hospital; Huffman signed a union card and encouraged others to sign as well. Huffman shares details of the first day of the strike, standing out on the picket line, and other union activities. Once the picket line was taken down, Huffman reapplied to work in United Methodist Hospital but never returned to work there. Huffman describes balancing a strike with managing a household and shares that her children would often join her on the picket lines.

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1987oh150_ws061

Interviewee Name

Louise Huffman

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1987-06-15

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Huffman, Louise Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 15 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Huffman, L. (1987, June 15). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Huffman, Louise, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. June 15, 1987, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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