Halpern, Carl (interviewee)
In this oral history interview conducted by son Joel Halpern, Carl Halpern focuses on his memories of the Electro Chemical Company in the Bronx where he worked from 1917-1965. Carl begins by talking about changes in safety procedures in the factory and winning workplace safety awards from the New York Metal Trades Association. He talks about visiting the workers during the sit down strikes in Detroit and describes the attitudes of the striking workers, some of their working conditions and changes made to their working environment due to Union pressure. He talks about his experiences of antisemitism, his philosophy on how to treat the workers, the responsibility of the company towards it's workers, support of the Union, dishonesty in the factory, payoffs, political contributions, being open to worker's suggestions for production processes and supervisors. Carl finishes by talking about the automobile industry and the relationships he had with engineers and purchasing agents.