Today in Labor History: July 4; Labor Humor

Today in Labor History: July 4
Five newspaper boys from the Baltimore Evening Sun died when the steamer they were on, the Three Rivers, caught fire near Baltimore, Md.  They are remembered every year at a West Baltimore cemetery, toasted by former staffers of the now-closed newspaper – 19242013.07.01—history-kidstrike
(Kids on Strike: This is a fascinating and amazing book. Kids on Strike! tells the story of children who stood up for their rights against powerful company owners. Nearly two million children were in the U.S. workforce by the early 1900s. Their tiny fingers, strong eyesight, and boundless energy made them perfect employees. But after years and years of working long hours every day under inhumane conditions, they began to organize and make demands in order to protect themselves.)
—Click here for the complete posting.

Labor Humor: A Longer Life
A patient was at her doctor’s office after undergoing a complete physical exam. The doctor said, “I have some very grave news for you. 2013.07.01—humor-doc-toolsYou only have six months to live.”
The patient asked, “Oh doctor, what should I do?”
The doctor replied, “Marry a right-wing, anti-union, assault-rifle-owning conspiracy theorist.”
“How will that make me live longer,” the patient asked.
“It won’t,” said the doctor… click here for the punchline.
—Got a labor joke you’d like to share? Email it to us at ucs@unionist.com; if we use it in the newsletter, you’ll get credit and a prize!

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