Today in Labor History: December 11
A small group of black farmers organize the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Cooperative Union in Houston County, Texas. They had been barred from membership in the all-white Southern Farmers’ Alliance. Through intensive organizing, along with merging with another black farmers group, the renamed Colored Alliance by 1891 claimed a membership of 1.2 million – 1886
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Labor Humor: Some Days You Eat the Bear
Two union-busters are out for a stroll when a bear crashes out of the brush and heads right for them. The union-busters scramble up the nearest tree, but the bear starts climbing up after them.
The first union-buster starts taking off his expensive Gucci loafers and the second union-buster gives him a puzzled look and says, “What in the world are you doing?”
He replies, “I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll jump down and make a run for it.”
The second union-buster says, “Are you crazy? We both know you can’t outrun a full-grown grizzly bear.”
The first union-buster says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I only have to outrun you!”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!