Today in Labor History: June 27
Congress passes the National Labor Relations Act, creating the structure for collective bargaining in the United States – 1935
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Labor Humor: The Envelope, Please!
A new supervisor spends a week with the outgoing supervisor of the company telemarketing center. The veteran tells the newcomer, “I’ve left three numbered envelopes in the desk drawer. Open an envelope if you encounter a crisis you can’t solve.”
Three months later there is a major screwup, with every possible thing going wrong, and the new supervisor feels overwhelmed and threatened by it all. He remembers the parting words of his predecessor and opens the first envelope. The message inside says “Blame your predecessor!” He does this and gets off the hook.
Six months later another crisis blooms and he’s hit by problems left and right. The manager quickly opens the second envelope. The message reads, “Blame your staff.” This he does, and, somehow, he’s able to take the pressure off himself.
Three months later he faces yet another crisis and opens the third envelope. The message inside says… click here for the punchline.
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