Today in Labor History: August 8; Labor Humor

Today in Labor History: August 82013.08.05—history-charles-james
Delegates to the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly elect 35-year-old Charles James, leader of the Boot and Shoe Workers local union, as their president. He was the first African-American elected to that leadership post in St. Paul, and, many believe, the first anywhere in the nation – 1902
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Labor Humor: It’s All in the Name
A guy is going duck hunting and needs a dog to retrieve the birds.
“I have just the dog for you, sir,” says the gamekeeper. “He’s called Worker and he is brilliant, as good as they come.”  Sure enough, every time the hunter shoots a duck Worker runs off and immediately returns with the bird.  The hunter couldn’t have been happier.
The following year, looking to repeat the great experience, he goes back and again asks for Worker.
“Ah, I’m sorry, sir, but you wouldn’t be happy with him,” says the gamekeeper.  Click here for the punchline.
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