Well, when you came into a standard cotton plod, what were conditions like, in the plot?

Oh man, it was dust. Cotton dust was terriffic.

Um, Louie my twin brother worked on the same type of machine you know they had set one set two like that, I worked on set one.

And I look up there on set two and uh, I was a pad roller, what you call a pad roller, you get them as they come on form the guy who cut them off.

And Louie was working on the same job on set two and all I could see of him was a silouette.

Cause it was that bad.

And that was the one thing that we, when we went on strike we demanded that that uh, keep the dust down. Well they did, they put in um oiling systems that went into the first machine that they would, cotton would put through, you know, and um it kicked, it got out ninety-some percent of the dust but there was still dust. And what it means, well, we were packing these pads the dust would come up in my face, I would have to wear a respirator.

They didn't keep it all out though, you'd come out of there at night and light a cigarette and it would double you right over because the dust was in the lungs. Doctor said he'd only give a man eight years of that kind of a life and he'd die.

Show Transcript Speaker: Lloyd Gebo. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 4-25-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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