The union stewards gave a signal in each department, shouted it out. Sit down strike's on. And of course a lot of the fellas started making their bed for the night then. They knew they's going to be in there.

And they eh, right afterwards, after they were down about an hour, they called a meeting and they, in what used to be the cafeteria in the south unit, and they had a wrestling ring set up in there, they used to have wrestling matches friday noon for the employees.

And they called out told everybody to meet down there, and they'd have a meeting. Explain the fellas that were taking over the head of the strike well they got up and made speeches from the wrestling ring and everybody was around there, and it was a big, a big deal at first you know, and it got awful serious to some of those fellas.

Show Transcript Speaker: Sheldon McNe. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 7-3-1978. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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