Today in Labor History: November 7
Lemuel Ricketts Boulware dies in Delray Beach, Fla., at age 95. As a GE vice president in the 1950s he created the policy known as Boulwarism, in which management decides what is “fair” and refuses to budge on anything during contract negotiations. IUE President Paul Jennings described the policy as “telling the workers what they are entitled to and then trying to shove it down their throats.” – 1990
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Labor Humor: Gotcha!
Frank’s supervisor at work, Shandra, was a terrible gossip, and really got on his nerves when she called him in to her office one morning and accused him of being an alcoholic. “How’d you come up with that idea?,” he asked. “I’ve seen your truck parked outside the bar several times over the past few months,” she answered. Frank didn’t say anything, but later that evening he parked his truck in front of her house and left it there all night.
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