Val Webster describes growing up in a labor union family in Butte, Montana. She recalls working as waitress, waiting on the miners, and joining the Women’s Protective Union in 1929. Webster talks about serving as recording secretary for the union in 1936 and then its business agent for 16 years. She discusses her experiences as an agent, negotiating with restaurants, hotels and chains to achieve better pay, working conditions, and hours for members of the union.
Butte, Montana; Labor history; Twentieth century labor; Women’s Protective Union; Hospitality workers
Butte Oral History Project, OH 098, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)
Webster, Valentine Catherine, "Valentine Catherine "Val" Webster Interview" (1980). Butte Oral History Project. 19.