Today in Labor History: January 29
Dolly Parton hits number one on the record charts with “9 to 5,” her anthem to the daily grind – 1981
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Forget the Machines
An American manufacturer is showing his machine factory to a potential customer from China. At noon, when the lunch whistle blows, two thousand men and women immediately stop work and leave the building. “Your workers! They’re escaping!” cries the Chinese visitor. “You’ve got to stop them.”
“Don’t worry. They’ll be back,” says the American. And indeed, at exactly one o’clock, the whistle blows again, and all the workers return to the factory.
When the tour is over, the manufacturer turns to his guest and says, “Well, now, which of these machines would you like to order?”
“Forget the machines,” says the visitor. “How much do you want for that whistle?”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!