Today in Labor History: November 21
The 1,700-mile Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed, built during World War II on the order of President Roosevelt. Some 11,000 troops, about one-third of them African-Americans, worked on the project, which claimed the lives of an estimated 30 men. Memorials for the veterans are scattered in spots throughout the highway, including the Black Veterans Memorial Bridge, dedicated in 1993. It wasn’t until 1948 that the military was desegregated – 1942
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Labor Humor: Old Reliable
Fred Halsted was looking for a new job, but no matter how hard he tried his reputation as somewhat of a slacker always seemed to catch up with him.
One day he was in his office when the phone rang. “I have an unusual question for you,” the caller said. “I’m considering Fred Halsted for a job. Do you know him?
“Yes, in fact I do,” responded Fred.
“Tell me,” said the caller, “is he consistent with his work? Does he show up on time? Does he reliably come to work?”
“I can tell you this,” said Fred, “Never once have I been here that he hasn’t.”
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