Today in Labor History: February 19
A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the good of the service” and brings in replacements from New York City. Striker-scab battles and a general strike ensued – 1910
(In Reviving the Strike: How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America, labor lawyer Joe Burns draws on economics, history and current analysis in arguing that the labor movement must redevelop an effective strike based on the now outlawed traditional labor tactics of stopping production and workplace-based solidarity. The book challenges the prevailing view that tactics such as organizing workers or amending labor law can save trade unionism in this country.)
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The Six-Year-Old Carpenter
Did you hear about little Jimmy? He’s six years old. He was bugging his mother so she said, “Jimmy, why don’t you go across the street and watch the carpenters at work? Maybe you’ll learn something.”
Jimmy was gone about two hours. When he came home his mother asked him what he learned. Jimmy replied, “Well, first you put the damned door up, then the sumbitch doesn’t fit, so you have to take the mother back down. Then you have to shave some crap off each side and put the bastard back up.”
Jimmy’s shocked mother said, “You wait till your dad comes home!”
When Jimmy’s dad got home, Mom told him the whole story. Dad said, “Jimmy I’m going to have to punish you. Go outside and get a switch.”
“Shove it,” Jimmy replied. “That’s the electrician’s job.”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!