Templin, Jane

Vice President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local 11


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An oral history with Jane Templin for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project. This interview discusses Templin’s career in a non-traditional field and her subsequent union activism in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11. Specifically this interviews covers Templin’s Midwestern childhood and early aspirations; how she met her husband; the Democratic political affiliation of her Catholic family; her participation in Civil Rights marches and sit-ins; circumstances that led to her pursuing a career in the electrical field in 1976 (as only the second woman to join IBEW); men’s reactions to her (and other women) on the job; completing a five-year program to become a journeyman, specializing in electrical construction; how she dealt with difficult coworkers, proving herself; and finally, early days as a member of the union and how it has evolved.

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An oral history with Jane Templin for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project. This interview discusses Templin’s career in a non-traditional field and her subsequent union activism in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11. Specifically this interviews covers IBEW’s continual social evolution and accepting more diverse members as a reflection of Los Angeles culture; breaking through stereotypes in the union; mentoring and outreach to the next generation of electrical workers; how despite progress, the quota of women is still under 25 percent in the electrical field; sexual harassment on the jobsite and how new laws changed the professional landscape; early days joining the IBEW union and how Templin had to encourage involvement, participation, and also garner respect for herself by doing jobs no one else would do; earning election to various committees in the union; becoming a foreman on jobsites; how the union evolved from a closed-door, unwelcoming, male-dominated group, to one that is more progressive, accepting, and family-oriented; the formation of the Electrical Training Institute; how their Commerce campus is a cutting-edge, net-zero facility; how technology has changed the electrical field; what it takes to be an effective union leader, and how being a woman makes the difference; accomplishments achieved while in the union; definition of a feminist; Election 2016 and the prospect of Hillary Clinton’s victory; Templin’s motivation in doing her work; the role of faith in her activism; how union leadership has changed her life; the role of women in politics; and finally, what she is most proud of.

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