I got uh... well, we were upstairs working in... they got a cafeteria there now, but I was working up in that place there, and they had three floors in there production, and the handfull that we had up [inaudible] about twelve or fifteen of us that knew what we was doing, see, and giving the go.

And in order to get down where the main crew was we had to come out and go down a pair of steps, and when we came out, there was about twelve of us, if I remember right; we raced out of there to get down with out buddies below because the boss and everything down there, they had connecting rods and pistons haning on the end of them, and hitting anybody they could get to, and uh... cam-shafts and everything that they could get to trying to drive them out, see?

When we came out and went down, twelve, about twelve of us, we met about fifty of those guys on that steps. Everyone of them was armed with something. We didn't put up any fight because it was no use, and they took us right out of there, took us straight down to Cursley Street through the dinning room, shoved us out the gate on [inaudible] avenue, and the watchmen all run and locked the gates.

I climbed the gate and went back over there, back in again, I went back in again the way I climbed the gate, but that barbed wire [inaudible], I had to deal with that thing getting back in.

Show Transcript Speaker: Leo Robinson. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 7-13-1978. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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