Today in Labor History: May 15; Labor Humor

Today in Labor History: May 152014.05.12—history-gompers
U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Samuel Gompers and other union leaders for supporting a boycott at the Buck Stove and Range Co. in St. Louis, where workers were striking for a 9-hour day. A lower court had forbidden the boycott and sentenced the unionists to prison for refusing to obey the judge’s anti-boycott injunction – 1906
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Labor Humor: Super Bowl Tickets
Union-buster Bill has 50 yard line tickets for the Super Bowl.  As he sits down, another man comes down 2014.05.12—humor-stadiumfrom a stadium seat higher up and asks if anyone is sitting in the empty seat next to him.  “No,” Bill the buster says, “The  seat is empty.”
“This is incredible,” said the man.  “Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in the world, and not use it?”
Bill replies, “Well, actually, the seat belongs to me.  I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away.  This is the first Super Bowl we haven’t attended together since we got married in 1967.”
“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that sad news.  But couldn’t you find someone else—a  friend or relative, or even a neighbor to take the seat?”
The union-buster shakes his head.  “No, they’re all at the funeral.”
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