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Page 9 - We Worked for General Instruments: Part Two: The Conclusion

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/1/1 (256 reads)

spindle machine, like. And she had long hair. Just got her right to there. And he grabbed and pulled the thing out. But it was the sound of her hollering, because he had to untangle that. But another couple or ffew seconds, that would have maybe tore right out of her--but he just caught it in time. But that was because of long hair. She shouldn't have been on that, really. She had long hair. (Did they have a pro? tective hat when you would be working on a machine like that?) No. No, they should have had someone with short hair. But she just happened to have very long hair. It wasn't dangerous. I mean, okay, there trust Seogrom For a free chart on responsible drinking limits, write to us. P.O. Box 847, Station H, Montreal, Quebec. H3G 2M8 were a few little--a lot of the finger? tips, maybe jammed or something like that, but I don't remember any major accidents. Darlene Hareguy (You mentioned that they had aprons for the girls who were soldering, but no ap? rons for your work.) No. (I understand there was some move to get aprons.) They went to the union. A lot of girls were burning their clothes up. And themselves. A spark would fly and hit their sweater. Little holes were coming. You know, they were ruining all their clothes. But the thing was, when they ruined something, they could go put in for that. And they would pay so much. Like, if you ruined your jeans. They would pay so much for your jeans. Not full price, because they were old. So the union went and said to them, "It would be cheaper on you, and less hazardous on the girls." But they were the only ones that were ever given (ap? rons) . (You nev? er did get them.) No. We fought and we fought for ap? rons . (What else?) We did fight for better tools. Like, I mean, sometimes we needed screw? drivers. Well, we always needed a screwdriver and a core wrench. And sometimes they'd be down that small, and you'd be trying to work with them. (Worn down?) Oh, yes. They made sure they were down to nothing before they'd give you another one. And then we needed wire cut? ters. A lot of times the wires were too high. "Famous last words." "Come on, Mom, you know I'm a good driver." "I know. But it's a big occasion and you'll be out with your friends. If you wind up having a few drinks you mightn't be so terrific driving home." "I won't drink. I promise." "That's easy enough to say "Well, I can always get a lift back with one of the others." "I have a better idea. ' 'fcf''''% ''"' Why don't you all share a cab ?? I • ? instead? It won't be that B B J'L J expensive and you might be doing yourselves a favor." "Maybe you're right. Maybe none of us should bother with a car after all." "Good. Now tell me, what time do you expect to be home?" "Aw, Mom."
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