But, as I look back on it now, it doesn't seem like wages was a primary cause for the strike, working conditions, things that today a person working wouldn't be aware of, couldn't even understand. For example; we had no seniority, no fringe benefits what so ever and the boss, well, he was the boss, uh... what he said went and there was no questions and uh... while there were some bosses who were more humane than others, just like all people anywhere - the general characteristics of people came out, their selfishness, working for themselves, and uh... I don't know how many people today are aware that an organization as big as GM, that some of the people in uh... higher positions actually took people from GM plants to their cabins to paint, to build sidewalks and they were paid by General Motors payroll. This is the kind of supervision you had, so when you had those kind of people, you can imagine your working conditions are not going to be as good as the where you had... the protection we have now.

Show Transcript Speaker: Louis Ganscos. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 3-5-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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