Interview with Rebecca J. Maynard, Anna Mae Fields, July 8, 1987

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Rebecca J. Maynard and Anna Mae Fields, sisters who participated in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital strike, begin the interview by discussing their co-workers in the hospital kitchen who also participated in the strike. The most difficult aspects of working in the hospital kitchen are emphasized. Maynard and Fields also recall their experience out on the picket line, as well as hospital administrator Lee Keene. The interviewees then detail their return to work after the strike, and their travel in an effort to get additional support for the strike. The most interesting incidents that occurred at the hospital and on the picket line during the strike are examined. Maynard's participation in other regional strikes is detailed. The sisters' roles in local government are described. The upcoming Pikeville city election is explored. Maynard's experience of working at the Showboat Restaurant is discussed. The working conditions of the hospital kitchen staff before the strike are considered. Non-local support for the strike is described. The sisters then list the reasons for the strike. Additionally, the committees formed within the strikers are discussed. The conditions of the security guards and accusations against the strikers are recalled. How Maynard and Fields got along with their non-striking co-workers after the strike ended is also mentioned. The interviewees also provide an overview of their experience with unions, and give their views on female coal miners. A comparison of the working conditions and benefits before and after the strike is then given. Maynard and Fields also reveal the attitudes of the upper class in Pikeville. Maynard and Fields conclude the interview by talking of the strikebreakers in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital strike.

Interview Accession

1988oh001_ws097

Interviewee Name

Anna Mae Fields

Rebecca J. Maynard

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1987-07-08

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Fields, Anna Mae Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 08 Jul. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Fields, A.M. (1987, July 08). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Fields, Anna Mae, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. July 08, 1987, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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