The Flint Sit-Down Strike Audio Presentation


When I first met Bob Travis, he had been in town just a few days and my neighbor Burt Harris, Burt Harris was the one that got a hold of me, and he lived right across the street. Burt said, he said "we've got a new organization," he said, "this is not the AF-of-L." Cause you couldn't have sold the AF-of-L to any of those boys, you know, they'd been through that. In fact, I had too. I got hit over the head with clubs, and then cops come down there on horseback to Fisher One. See, I got fired out of Fisher One. Was that in the ninteen thirties strike?

Yeah, that was in the ninteen thirties strike. I got, I got fired out of there. That's when you got chased into Oakland County?

They chased us down to the old Bucket of Blood. There used to be a dance hall called the Bucket of Blood, we went out, it was outside the city limits. We went out there and we organ... or, got together again, and we hadn't more than got together and here they came again, and they beat the hell out of us, you know what I mean, we just uh.... So then when I came back to work they broke the strike right there, you know what I mean, so everybody went back in, and when I did, why I was told that I was done there, I couldn't work there. It wasn't fair because I wasn't, I wasn't that interested in the strike cause I didn't know what it was all about.

Show Transcript Speaker: Maynard Mundale. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 7-22-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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