Eggertson, Eggert oral history interview

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ILWU Local 502

Eggert Eggertson worked on the Fraser River waterfront from 1962 to 2000, experiencing the changing waterfront and longshoring occupation. He tells the story about how he one day had a quota of 24,000 sacks of flour, and could go home early if he finished the quota. Having worked on multiple docks along the New Westminster waterfront, he has handled almost all kinds of goods and knows the ways of a longshoreman “gang.” He hated handling animal hides, as they would leave a smell on your skin for multiple days, but enjoyed the high salary that the job gave him. He reports that he was such an eager worker he was once turned in by his foreman for working too hard.

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Interview with Eggert Eggertson