Shortly after the strike the people got back to work, well, if there was anybody that didn't know what they were doing, it was all the members of supervison, and all the members of the union who had been elected committee-man, uh... alternate committee-man, stewards... they was coming right out of our ears, all these people and everybody wanted their say.

Where we didn't used to give any com... uh... where we hadn't gotten complaints before, now everybody had a complaint that uh... that belonged to the union, and they, they began to exercise this right. If you'd say good morning to a fellow, he might send for his steward and say he didn't say it in the right tone of voice, it was just... it was just at this point of the game that everything you done was wrong. You couldn't do anything and, but uh... this sticks out in my mind because as time wore on, and from nineteen-thirty-seven til nineteen-sixty-eight I was actively engaged in bargaining, fact worked out at the Labor Relations part of the time and sat in on umpire's meetings a number of times, and when I see the order that came out of such a mess that that was, that remains in my mind as something that was very good.

Show Transcript Speaker: Floyd Root. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 6-4-1978. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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