The Flint Sit-Down Strike Audio Presentation


We uh... we had one committe, we'd uh... take these... we had so many doors, see, around in that plant. Well, I had uh, I had certain amounts of men... I would take them, place 'em and they'd set at the door you know then, half-hour late I'd go around and I'd check see how they were all doing. Nobody'd get in there you know.

And then after I went around uh... the second time I'd go around... I'd go around and place 'em, then I'd go around and see and then the next half-hour, another man would take another bunch. I know the man that was after me was uh... Pete Wooten was his name. He had this bunch of men that would do around and place these people, see? Now the last time I placed these one night, and when I got back to go back again [inaudible] the fight started, and I was up there and the first thing I done is start pullin' out hoses, and puttin' them down to the window and uh... the hose... and we knew that they were gonna come and we was waitin' for 'em, and we was kinda prepared for it.

And we turned all these hoses and put the nozzles on and then we, we's on the second floor and uh... we's throwin' the water on these... and it was right in February, I'm quite sure it was right in February when we had that battle of bulge run.

Show Transcript Speaker: Ed Erlich. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 7-3-1978. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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