See, at that time if they come around and ask to work overtime you didn't have no choice, you had work overtime, if you didn't you was fired. If you missed a day, first, when they found out they were tryin' to organize then they more or less got you, cause then they was forcin' that overtime on you, or if you missed a day you was automatically fired. It got really rough.

It got rougher after the strike too. I don't think quite as rough, but for a while after the strike, it was pretty well leanin' on you. And at that time they had some rotten foremans in there, but see at that time there was a lot of guys standin' at the gate trying to hire in from Flint. And hell, they was buyin' their jobs down from Minnesota for five bucks and comin' up here and going right to work through the guys that lived here. They hired right in, the bought their jobs down in Minnesota

Show Transcript Speaker: Ray Knotts. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 3-17-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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