Today in Labor History: August 14
Members of the upstart Polish union Solidarity seize the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk. Sixteen days later the government officially recognizes the union. Many consider the event the beginning of the end for the Iron Curtain – 1980
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Labor Humor: Dead Man’s Curse
The union rep and the company’s labor relations rep were constantly at odds. Whenever the union tried to discuss a grievance, yelling could be heard throughout the workplace. The company man would shout, “When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!”
The workers feared him, and he liked that.
Finally, the mean labor relations rep up and died. As he’d left no survivors, the union rep volunteered to make the burial arrangements. After the burial, the shop stewards and the union rep stopped for a drink. One of the stewards wondered aloud if the company man could ever dig his way out of the grave just to haunt the union guy.
The union rep said, “Let him dig. I had him buried upside down.”
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