Today in Labor History: January 22
Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California – 1826
(Farmworker’s Friend: The story of Cesar Chavez is a thoughtful and moving book about the inspiring life of American hero Cesar Chavez, founder and long-time leader of the United Farm Workers of America. This sympathetic portrayal of Chavez and his life’s work begins with his childhood, starting from the time his family’s store in Arizona failed during the Great Depression and his entire family was forced into the fields to harvest vegetables for a few cents an hour. It traces his growth as a man and as a leader, talking of his pacifism, his courage in the face of great threats and greater odds, his leadership and his view that the union was more than just a union, it was a community—una causa.)
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Labor Humor: That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles
A Wall Streeter, a union member, and Tea-Partier are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. The Wall Streeter grabs 11 cookies and wolfs them down. He then turns to the tea partier and says, “Look out for that union guy. He wants part of your cookie.”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!