Oral history interview with Michael Gutwig [Session 05, Recording 02]

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Oral history interview with Michael Gutwig [Session 05, Recording 02]


  • 2011-07-14 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:31:02

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Michael Gutwig was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1956. He was editor for the Parkrose High School newspaper, and studied journalism at Mount Hood Community College. In 1981, he became the sports editor for the Central Oregonian newspaper in Prineville. That same year, he and Lori Clark were married; they later had two children. In 1986, he joined the staff of the Northwest Labor Press. He retired at the end of 2021.

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Tape 6, Side 2. In the fifth and final interview session, conducted on July 14, 2011, Gutwig speaks at length about the effects of NAFTA, of the attacks on September 11, 2001, and of changes to the National Labor Relations Board on labor unions. He also talks about the relationship between labor and the Democratic Party, particularly with President Barack Obama. He discusses operating the Northwest Labor Press at the time of the interview in 2011 and talks about his staff, including Don McIntosh. He talks about labor union membership, about the benefits of collective bargaining, and about the attacks on unions from conservative politicians. He closes the interview by discussing the target audience of the Northwest Labor Press, talking about the future of the paper, and sharing some of the things he learned over his years reporting on labor issues.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • eng

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