Sandy Dorsey Article 1981 Tyrone Daily Times Mar 23rd 1981
Miner Reports away," she said. "But the men have treated me like one of the fellows; treated me with respect." Sandy Dorsey of Martins Ferry saw her dream of working in the mines come true two years ago, but, then, too, she got laid off a few weeks ago. "I was in nurses training and really didn' t want it," said Mrs. Dorsey, the mother of a 24-year-old boy. "When 1 went to the employment office 1 , 1 found out the mines were hiring. 1 knew I could make good money there." She said she had always wanted to work in the mines, but wanted to wait for other women to go in first and let the men get used to them being there. She went through a six- weeks program in a miner school where "I learned safety, how to run equipment, use instruments, the same as you do underground." She was the only woman in the class of 26. "You got to be with the guys and learned how it would be to work with them," she said. "At first I thought I had made a mistake, had bitten off more than I could chew, but I wanted to prove myself," she said. The biggest problem she overcame in the mines was not letting what was said bother her. "You can't have a conscience down there. If they want to say it, they're gonna say it. You learn to ignore their foul language and they'll soon show you respect," she said. "But you've got to earn that respect. You're on display down there." Although the money is good, there isn't much chance of advancement, she said. "You're making the same money the men are," she said. "But there's no advancement, unless you go with the company. If you're looking tor money, it's a good job, definitely an;experience."