At the time of the strike, we were getting fourty-two cents an hour, and they had a bonus system, and you had to build up a certain amount of efficiency in order to get anything out of that. Well, they never allowed us to build up an amount if we got any on that; maybe sometimes it would amount to as much as eight, nine, ten cents an hour on top of what we was getting and that was about all.

And at that time, if they hired in a new man, or two new men, and put them on your floor then we had to pay what they called a probation period for a new hiree. They took that out of our bonus to pay for the first three days for a new worker... took it out of us as a worker, bonus system, then when payday rolled around and our bonus... our efficiency had dropped way down to nothing, and you go to say something about it and the boss starts showing you, "Well you broke in so many men, here in a three day period...." and like that and, and that's what took your bonus down, we was paying them. We paid them, not the company. They took it out of us.

Now, they had it named right, because that's what they done to us, bone us.

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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