Johnson, Dean oral history interviews

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Series of interviews with retired longshoreman Dean Johnson, conducted between 18 July 2013 and 6 March 2015

Johnson was born and raised in New Westminster. He got his first longshoring work in Prince Rupert at age 16, but then when he was 17 he starting longshoring in New Westminster in 1961. In 1975 he started a steady job at Westshore. In this interview he talks about the day-to-day routine of a longshoreman, the disputes and camaraderie amongst longshoremen, taking breaks at work, encounters between longshoremen and sailors, Westshore terminals, wolfing, walkouts, literacy, the “River Rats,” and pensions.

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Interview with Dean Johnson, 6 Mar 2015
Interview with Dean Johnson, 21 Oct 2014
Interview with Dean Johnson, 13 Jun 2014
Interview with Dean Johnson, 20 Jan 2014
Interview with Dean Johnson, 23 Jul 2013
Interview with Dean Johnson, 18 Jul 2013