Interview with Alpha Ratliff, Anna Mae Fields, May 31, 1987

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Ratliff talks about the working conditions and duties of dietary workers in the hospital. Ratliff and Fields discuss the lead up to the strike, including the hospital's attempt to repress organizing. Ratliff talks about the picket line, including interacting with a hostile board member. Ratliff talks about her husband's illnesses and his treatment at Pikeville Methodist Hospital by strikebreaking nurses. Ratliff and Fields discuss the poor working conditions at the hospital, including waste management, cost-cutting measures, and the threats of termination. Ratliff discusses the maintenance of her immediate household and other family members before and after the strike.

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1988oh008_ws104

Interviewee Name

Alpha Ratliff

Anna Mae Fields

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1987-05-31

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Ratliff, Alpha Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 31 May. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ratliff, A. (1987, May 31). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ratliff, Alpha, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. May 31, 1987, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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