Today in Labor History: May 23
The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 strikers at the Electric Auto-Lite company of Toledo, Ohio, and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard. Two strikers died and more than 200 were injured. The battle began in the sixth week of what ultimately became a successful two-month fight for union recognition and higher pay. One guardsman told a Toledo Blade reporter: “Our high school graduation is … tonight and we were supposed to be getting our diplomas” – 1934
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Labor Humor: Facing the End
A priest, a rabbi and a management consultant were traveling on an airplane. All of a sudden smoke started pouring out of the cockpit, the plane began to spin and plummet toward the earth. Everyone aboard was about to die. The priest began to pray and finger his rosary beads, the rabbi began to read the Torah and the management consultant… click here for the punchline.
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