Audio Recording "Every day, every Monday morning, three minutes or four minutes, whatever it was, he'd push it back."

More Resources

About this Item

Title
"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
1994-08-07
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
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  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 . . ."
Medium
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A003
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.dta00309
Language
Online Format
audio

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. See our Legal Notices and Privacy and Publicity Rights for additional information and restrictions.

The American Folklife Center and the professional fieldworkers who carry out these projects feel a strong ethical responsibility to the people they have visited and who have consented to have their lives documented for the historical record. The Center asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here. Researchers are also reminded that privacy and publicity rights may pertain to certain uses of this material.

Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these collection materials should contact the Folklife Reading Room for assistance.

Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

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/>.