Today in Labor History: September 12
Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I. While in jail Debs received one million votes for president – 1918
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Labor Humor: Thoughtful Advice
There’s a violent revolution in their county and a priest, a lawyer and a corporate Vice President for Production are lined up at the guillotine to be beheaded. They were given the choice in the guillotine to look facing up or to look facing down.
The priest said, “Well Heaven is up, so I’ll look up, so I can see where I’m going.” They placed the priest in the guillotine facing up and released the blade. The blade stopped just inches from the priest, so they let him go, thinking it was a miracle.
The lawyer thought, “Well if it worked for the priest, it might work for me,” so they placed him in the guillotine looking up. They released the blade, and it stopped just inches from the lawyer. He then argued that he couldn’t be executed twice for the same crime, so they let him go.
The Vice President for Production, seeing how well the other two had fared, got into the guillotine looking up. Once in place his eyes opened wide and he said, “Wait a minute! If you swap that red wire with the blue one, you might make this thing work!”
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