Interview with Ruby Prater, July 1, 1987

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Prater describes what it was like to work at Pikeville Methodist Hospital prior to the strike. She talks about her duties as a nurse's aide that started expanding beyond the typical duties of an aide, like training her superiors. She talks about other working conditions at the hospital, including wages and time off. She describes her experiences on the picket line and other strike-related activities like rallies and boycotting other businesses. Prater talks about her interactions with the people crossing the picket line, including a member of her own family. Prater talks about who lived with her during the strike and talks about how her family managed financially during the strike. Prater talks about her own background, including her childhood, education, and work history. Prater talks about how she was treated when she returned to her job after the strike. She talks about having difficulty receiving her retirement benefits due to her participation in the strike.

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1988oh007_ws103

Interviewee Name

Ruby Prater

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1987-07-01

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Prater, Ruby Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 01 Jul. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Prater, R. (1987, July 01). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Prater, Ruby, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. July 01, 1987, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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