Today in Labor History: September 4
More than 140 attendees at a benefit for a civil rights group are injured in the “Peekskill Riots” in Peekskill, N.Y. The victims were among the 20,000 people leaving a concert featuring African-American Paul Robeson, well-known for his strong pro-unionism, civil rights activism and left-wing affiliations. The departing concert-goers had to drive through a miles-long gauntlet of rock-throwing racists and others chanting “go on back to Russia, you niggers” and “white niggers” – 1949
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Labor Humor: And the Prize Goes to…
A big company offered $50 for each money-saving idea submitted by its employees. The first prize went to the employee who suggested the award be cut to $25.
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!