Books [Elmer Thomas]
They have a 'credit union' in Armour's, keeps a lot of people out of the CIO. If you want a loan from them you have to have a 'good' record. Well, some fellow, colored fellow, he tried to get a loan. They knew he was a Union man, so they made it hard for him. Told him to get some worker with a bank account in the credit union to vouch for him. Fellow went and got Charlie. Charlie'd been in the yards a long time and he happened to have some money there. He walked into the office and signed them papers, and them in charge of the loans with their eyes popping like a fish' out of water. Manager asked Charlie to step into his private office, he was so upset. He said to him, 'You really mean you want to sign for that man, and he a colored man! I hate to think of a white man would want to take on that responsibility.' Charlie, he's Irish, and he looked at this manager and grinned. He said, 'Well, sure now, I do appreciate that bit of advice, seein' you ain't chargin' nuthin' for it. But that black boy's my friend. He works with me. He's a union brother and I guess maybe you're surprised to hear that I'm with the union, too! So just save that advice of yours for somebody don't know no better.' Walked out of there and slammed the door. You think that colored fellow didn't get his loan? He got it. Manager couldn't do a thing. He really spoke his piece out of turn that time. Got a union man mad, that time, and got himself told.