Then we saw one of them, see, then everybody started hollering, "Hey they're coming in through the tunnels!" And away we went out to, hell nobody had nothing that... cause they were all prepared. They had clubs and two by fours and everything else. We didn't have a damn thing we started picking up those shafts you know, the can shafts at the rocker arm department that was right close to that, see, and they had them long shafts about that long you know, for the top of the engine, you know, that the rocker arms went on to, we started grabbing them, see?

Well, when I went around that corner, see, boy he clobbered me with that goddamn two by four there, and just fractured my collar bone. [interviewer] No, hell no, they wouldn't take you to the hospital. I stuck it out for a long time til it got so damn bad that I couldn't use my arm or nothing, see? Then I told them guys, I said, "look, I gotta get the hell outta here someway." So that night there I went along the riverbank see, and went up to Chevrolet Avenue went out that way, and then I went over to Hurley Hospital, and they put me in a damn cast. [interviewer] Yeah, hell, it was about five or six days after

Show Transcript Speaker: Alexander Reider. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 4-4-1980. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

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