Robert Ledwith interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-13
Ledwith is the business manager for IWU #46 in New York City. During the interview, we discuss his personal background, entry into the iron trade, the history of the Local and iron workers in New York City, his involvement with the union, unionism in America, technological change, Ayn Rand, and the contemporary state of affairs in the labor movement and the larger society.
Ledwith was interviewed in the exhibit hall at the convention. We were literally inside the history exhibit for the IWU. The room is loud and boomy and people come and go to get things out of the supplies inside the exhibit space where we were sitting.
Recorded at the 2011 Iron Workers Union International Convention at Chicago's Sheraton Hotel in the Exhibit Hall, Chicago, Illinois, August 13, 2011.
Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062: 00261) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.