The Flint Sit-Down Strike Audio Presentation


We was to guard the upper part and the tunnel. We was watching more of that upper part, we figured they was gonna come across that way, see, because they had two entrances, they had that stairway, and then they had the... the docks. They could come in two ways, see? There used to be a watchman's shanty right at the dock there by the river, see, and there was a single, single trike or a double trike, I don't remember now between the loading dock there and the river bank, see.

And there was gates there see, they could come in that way, into plant four, or they could come across that there see? But we only had a few fellas, maybe five or six of them down here by this tunnel, we never expected them. We expected them to come through one of them gates, either the stairway or the... along the dock down there see? But instead of that, it was about... bunch of them start getting in through the damn tunnels, see, on that conveyer.

And then I start hollerin', "hey we need some help down here," so hell, a bunch of us run down there, see, and hell they was already over on this side over here. But we got into one hell of a fight there, but we marched them back up and then run them right out the damn gates.

Show Transcript Speaker: Alexander Reider. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 4-4-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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