These women posed a situation, I would think, that management didn't exactly know what to do with. You know, do you go in and knock 'em in the ground or, or do you stay around and try to figure out some scheme of getting 'em off or what. Their conclusion, very definitely, was well, let's get in the huddle here and see what we can do about this.

[Interviewer] So as long as they're in a huddle they're not hitting you on the head [Larry Jones] Right. And, in addition to that, you're giving these people in the plant all the more time to get organized, [Interviewer] Yeah. So... [Larry Jones] which was the crucial thing. [Interviewer] So they were buying, the forty or fifty women outside helping buy time...

[Larry Jones] Now, this was not by design. I don't, I don't think this was ever in any of the plans, that the women would run down there. The women, Genora and the leaders, decided this was the thing to do. This was the marvelous thing about the leadership that was provided. You know, it was sort of spontaneous about these things.

Show Transcript Speaker: Larry Jones. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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