Journal Article

“It tears the heart right out of you”: Memories of Striker Replacement at International Paper Company in De Pere, Wisconsin, 1987–88

Timothy J. Minchin

in The Oral History Review

Published on behalf of Oral History Association

Volume 31, issue 2, pages 1-27
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 0094-0798
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1533-8592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/ohr.2004.31.2.1
“It tears the heart right out of you”: Memories of Striker Replacement at International Paper Company in De Pere, Wisconsin, 1987–88

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In the summer of 1987, more than 370 workers at Nicolet Paper Company in De Pere, Wisconsin, walked out on strike after refusing to agree to a wide range of concessions demanded by International Paper Company (IP), Nicolet's parent company. Within a few weeks, however, IP had permanently replaced the strikers, a tactic that became increasingly common in the 1980s. The author uses oral history interviews to provide a valuable, unique insight into the effects of the permanent replacement tactic, which bitterly divided the small community and left workers with psychological scars that were all too apparent more than a decade later. As the Nicolet workers were part of a broader showdown between IP and the United Paperworkers' International Union, the article also helps to illuminate the history of a major labor dispute of the 1980s.

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Subjects: Oral History

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