There was a lot of little strikes, uh... set-down strikes in the department, uh... like maybe the Crankshaft Department or some dispute would come up there and they couldn't iron it out, then they uh... shut down. Then the next night it would be the Rod Department, or maybe next week it would be over by sheet metal somewhere.

Well that went on to where our leaders saw that that wasn't going to work, cause people were getting sick of that because they couldn't... it was getting so bad that you couldn't get in a full week's work so that's why in negotiations they had to put into the agreement that any strikes would be called by, had to be called by the authorization of the international union.

That's where somebody couldn't go off half-cocked and say "we're gonna strike," you know. Which I think the membership was glad to see that come, cause they were getting sick of shutting down tonight and for a few hours and maybe next night in someplace else. No, that was a coming thing, that's what I think helped build the union better too, made it more responsible and uh... you had to draw the line on that stuff.

Show Transcript Speaker: Leo Connelly. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 3-6-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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