Today in Labor History: December 25
Fourteen servicemen from military bases across the U.S., led by Pvt. Andrew Stapp, form The American Servicemen’s Union (ASU). The union, which never came close to being recognized by the government, in its heyday during the Viet Nam war claimed tens of thousands of members and had chapters at bases, on ships and in Viet Nam. ASU demands included the right to elect officers – 1967
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Labor Humor: Who’s in Control?
There’s a national chamber of commerce dinner at the Marriott. The room is filled with corporate titans, and some of the biggest among them are at the head table. Before the speeches begin, dinner is served, and waiters and waitresses start moving around the hall.
A waiter moves down the line at the head table, loading butter onto each butter plate as he passes. After placing a pat of butter on one dignitary’s plate, the man turns to him and says, “Excuse me, I’d like more butter.” The waiter demurs: “I’m sorry, one pat per plate.” The bigwig sitting next to the dignitary becomes infuriated. “Young man, have you no idea who this is? This fine gentleman is the president of Walmart! He controls a multi-billion-dollar corporation!”
“And have you no idea who I am?” the waiter responds. “I’m the guy who controls the butter!”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!