Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour

Labor temple on Park Street

South Central Federation of Labor AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)

Interviewing Scott Vaughn and Mary WatrudWe interviewed Scott Vaughn, the president of the fourteen trades union, and Mary Watrud, who is a journeyperson and a steamfitter. A steamfitter is someone who installs and repairs steampipes.

A labor union is a union where workers can get together and talk about problems at work and if they need to, strike or go picketing.

The labor union on Park Street serves all the people in South-Central Wisconsin.

Not many women or minorities were in labor unions before 1970. Now there are many more.

The labor unions are struggling right now. Many people are doing service jobs instead of manufacturing jobs.

Mary speaks about being a journeyperson steamfitterAn apprenticeship is when you learn from someone that is already skilled and while you learn you earn money.

Starting a union is risky because one out of ever four people that start them lose their jobs.

Labor unions don’t lay low
They fight for what’s right
With strikes, picket lines, and so
They don’t lay low
They fight for what’s right.
–Sam O.

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