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they are told that it's the law that they can, that the owners show signs of weakening, that they're actually meeting or talking with somebody or other, though not making any headway, a strange elation comes over them. They get very happy and they get very excited. They will go out under those circumstances in a mass.

That's what happened. That's called an organizing strike. The grievances are not sufficient to actually bring about a well thought-out strike, but the men don't actually belong to the union. You may not have joined the union, but your neighbor has and he walks out, saying, ‘Come on, John, don't be a sissy. Stay with your pals.“ So the men who hasn't joined the union walks out too. Once he's walked out everybody tells him,“ Well, you're in the same pot with the rest of us. You might as well sign up. It's not going to go any easier with you than with the rest of us. Unless the union wins you'll hever get your job back.”It's the easiest way to persuade them to join up. It's very effective organizing device, and every leader knows it and utilizes it. Of course, there's a limit beyond which you can't keep pulling them out, but if you time it and use it right, it works very well

So this big strike was really an organizing strike.

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