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organize.” Although by “they” they meant the government, when they came to strike they found that the employers, although they had also read 7(a) were not ready for them to organize.

The result was that we had a scattering of small, spontaneous strikes. I call them small because in no case did they last a long time or involve any great number of people, but they were just like spatter-work all over the country. You never could tell where another one would break out. They were usually very easily settled if the employers would just meet with a committee. If they would go as far as that, there was not much trouble to settling them. But in many cases they would not and we therefore had stubborn, mesey little things.

However, we had some strikes that were more important and more serious. Most of there did not begin until '34. The longshore strike was, of course, one of them. There were great varieties of strikes. The first strike that involved what was later called the sit-down technique occurred in Akron, Ohio. The Akron strike occurred either in '34 or '35, in the early part of our political period called the New Deal. It involved the workers in practically every one of the rubber plants in Akron. They mostly make rubber articles and rubber tires in Akron. There are a number of different firms





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