LABOR: Hello, Floozy!

At the Dodge plant in Hamtramck, Mich, ten assembly-line workers asked for coveralls to protect their clothing from oil and grease drippings. The company had none, so it issued the men smocks used regularly in the paint department. The boys began to jeer: "Next they will give you guys berets." Another worker catcalled: "Hello, Floozy!" Thus subjected to mortification, extreme mental cruelty, great mental anguish, the ten besmocked workmen walked off the job. They were followed by 146 other workers. Before the day was out, the company had to send 14,000 employees home.

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