Stitilis, Norm oral history interview

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ILWU Local 502

Norm Stilitis is a retired longshoreman who spent his career working on the New Westminster and Surrey waterfronts. He got the job when he was 19 years old, when his father’s friend suggested he try longshoring around Christmastime, since lots of people would be off for the holidays. He became a union member two years later and was trained to drive a forklift, which was one of his main roles. He discusses favourite and least favourite parts of the job, as well as changes in equipment, and descriptions of the work itself.

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Interview with Norm Stitilis