U.S. At War: Trouble in Detroit

Industrial Detroit seethed with bitter squabbles. "Work stoppages" constantly interrupted production of direly needed war goods:

¶Test drivers at the Chrysler tank arsenal threatened to strike because the proving grounds were dusty. When the company sprinkled them, the drivers threatened to strike because they were too wet.

¶At another plant, where a man was suspended three days for sleeping on the job, fellow workmen walked out, stayed away until the suspension expired. At still another, workers left the job because a telephone close to their machines was taken out, in the interest of better production. Workers at another plant stopped work for...

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