It was a fast pace is right. I had a water fountain back behind me - you probably heard some say that and I can tell you that's God's truth, that water foutain wasn't over ten feet from me - I worked for an hour and I wanted a drink of water and I didn't have time to get it.

[inaudible] if that water fountain, someone else is there I better get back on the job without my drink of water cause I didn't have time to get it. If I wanted to get a relief, first a reason, one relief man in the whole department, he couldn't keep the job up. Back then you didn't get no relief, you better have your relief at noon and have your relief at quiting time or before you went to work.

Show Transcript Speaker: Russel Gage. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 7-6-1978. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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