When Friends Cross the Picket Line

Mike Dunphy: Hired as a Machinist in 1962

A lot of union people held it against members for crossing the picket line, for a long time. I didn’t. They did what they had to do, and I did what I had to do for my own peace of mind.

I know one guy who would have lost his house. I know other guys who got threatened with divorce if they didn’t get their buns back to work. I had friends – I had friends – that walked across the picket line.

There was a guy I used to work with who went back to work during one of the later strikes. I was living in Groton at the time. Called up and ordered a pizza. Here comes my pizza. I open the door and he’s standing there. He’s the pizza delivery man.

He not only went back to EB, he had to get a part-time job delivering pizzas because he got that far behind. His face just … I said, “Don’t worry about it. You did what you had to do.”