Breaks, Joseph oral history interviews

Interview with Joe Breaks (July 9, 2013)
Interview with Joe Breaks (June 26, 2014)
Interview with Joe Breaks (May 24, 2015)
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ILWU Local 502
Harry Bridges

Series of interviews with former ILWU Local 502 president Joe Breaks

In 1960, Joe Breaks got his first work at the New Westminster dockyards. He joined his first dockworker “gang” in the winter of 1961. He was sworn in as a full ILWU Local 502 member in 1965. From 1972 to 1979 he was the Local 502 President, except for one (unidentified) year in between. He retired in 2006. During Breaks’s career the work of a longshoreman changed significantly as a consequence of increased mechanization, and especially, containerization. The jobs and duties of a longshoreman, and the politics of being Local 502 president are described.

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