Once you were exposed as a communist you were voted out of any office that you were in. I read an article one time in an old codger's magazine about a fella that had been an underground FBI man in the communist party. And later exposed you know, and turned in. And he wrote an article on how to identify a communist.

And once you read that article, you could hear a man in our local union. You could spot him in a minute because of his line. One favorite practice was to go to a union meeting on a Sunday afternoon. Get up and ask for the floor and talk until everyone went home, but his majority. And then he would vote through.

Once I found out, and others found out, that was one of their tactics. These guys were literally thrown out of the union. And I mean bodily.

Show Transcript Speaker: Irving King. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 3-16-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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