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unexpectedly and without any kind of notice, either to Green
in the AF of L, or to anybody in the Department of Labor,
suddenly burst forth with a program of organizing in the
southern textile factories. They adopted what was then
a completely new technique. At least, it was new to me,
and I think, from the reports I had from our conciliators
who had every kind of a strike in the past, that it was
new to them. It was called a flying wedge. Really, hardly
more than a handful of people - men and women - would go
into a mill. They would arrive in an automobile cavalcade.
Five care would be enough for a cavalcade - a leading car,
and then a v-shaped following, two cars and then two more cars.
They would come into the mill yard with horns blowing,
honking, every kind of a noise that as automobile can
make, combined with singing and shouting, the waving of
hands, flags and banners by the occupants of the cars.
They would sort of make an organized and sudden assault
upon a mill. The mill would be totally unprepared for it,
with no guards, no nothing. They would rush in, would
rush through the plant, saying, “Here, here, jcin. Join
the union. Get better wages. Get square with the boss.
Follow us out into the yard. Come out and show your colors.”
In the meantime, the confused, excited and irate
representatives of management would be rushing around,
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