Audio Recording "Every day, every Monday morning, three minutes or four minutes, whatever it was, he'd push it back."
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- "Every day, every Monday morning, three minutes or four minutes, whatever it was, he'd push it back."
- Contributor Names
- Balistrieri, Sam (Narrator)
- Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Italian Americans
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Retirees
- - Textile industry
- - Silk industry
- - Hours of labor
- - Paterson Museum
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Sam Balistrieri (aka Sam Balister) at the Paterson Museum, 2 Market St., Paterson, NJ. Balistrieri works at the museum as a docent/textile expert.
- - Summary of audio segment: Story about Sam catching the boss cheating workers with the time clock by setting it back [Sam talks with museum visitor; tape recorder turned off for 2-3 minutes]. Continuation of story about boss cheating workers with the time clock: "Every Monday morning. See, we used to have a clock up on the wall right in the middle of the shop where you could see it from all angles. And on Monday morning we'd start working and three minutes later he'd go up there and push the clock back three minutes. So, I'm watching him. I didn't say anything. I let it go a few times, you know. After about a month or so I got kind of fed up with it, you know. Every day, every Monday morning, three minutes or four minutes, whatever it was, he'd push it back. Well, he got thirty-five, maybe forty, maybe fifty people working in the place. And you figure, three minutes times fifty that's a lot of time he's cheating us out of, right? Well, one day I figure, well, three minutes to twelve I'm walking out. And the old man's standing there. He says, "Where you going Sam?" [I said] "I'm going home to eat." [He said] "You got three minutes." I said, "No." I says, "You put the clock back and you do it every Monday," I says to him. "You put that clock back three minutes this morning after we started working. Why didn't you move it before we started working?" He just stood there. . . From then on, I had no more problems with the old man. Three minutes to twelve: out I go and he didn't say a word. 'Cause every Monday, three minutes. Every Monday, three minutes to twelve I'd walk out . . ."
- Analog Audio Cassette
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A003
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
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- Online Format
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:
Balistrieri, Sam, and David Alan Taylor. "Every day, every Monday morning, three minutes or four minutes, whatever it was, he'd push it back.". -08-07, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip000016/.
APA citation style:
Balistrieri, S. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "Every day, every Monday morning, three minutes or four minutes, whatever it was, he'd push it back.". -08-07. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip000016/.
MLA citation style:
Balistrieri, Sam, and David Alan Taylor. "Every day, every Monday morning, three minutes or four minutes, whatever it was, he'd push it back.". -08-07, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip000016/>.