Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Italian Shoe Machinery Worker, Beverly #3]: a machine readable transcription.
“Yes, perhaps it's the big shots in Boston that worry us. They don't know us. We don't know them. We are kind of superstitious about them. They wouldn't like loose talkers. They insist on loyalty.
“No, there are no rules about it. But everyone knows that in a big factory there are many secrets. Suppose some competitors found out about some plans or new inventions?
“Not that I know of. I never knew anybody who was fired for criticizing the company, but they say men have been. And jobs are scarce these days. Who knows? Where would a fellow get another job if he lost the one he's got?
“I've heard that the company was afraid of spies.
“No. perhaps there aren't any. But the Government is looking for a chance to get something on the big corporations.
“Well, anything the Government did to the United Shoe would hurt us. If they lose any business, some of us are bound to lose our jobs. The men have got to stand by the company. It's for their own benefit.