Today in Labor History: February 26
Congress OKs the Contract Labor Law, designed to clamp down on “business agents” who contracted abroad for immigrant labor. One of the reasons unions supported the measure: employers were using foreign workers to fight against the growing U.S. labor movement, primarily by deploying immigrant labor to break strikes – 1885
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Labor Huomor: Wrong Jurisdiction
A penguin walks into a bar and asks for a tuna sandwich and a beer. He tells the stunned bartender that he is working at the construction site across the road. Weeks go by and the penguin becomes a regular lunchtime fixture at the bar.
One day a circus comes to town. The ringmaster visits the bar and soon learns of the talking penguin. Amazed but skeptical, the ringmaster vows to recruit the penguin for a circus act.
Right on schedule, in walks the penguin and orders his beer and tuna sandwich. The ringmaster strolls over.
“Hello, there,” he says. “I run the circus down at the park and I’m looking for new talent. Can I offer you a job?”
“That big tent in the park?” asks the penguin.
“That’s the one,” replies the ringmaster.
“Are you crazy?” cries the penguin. “That’s a fabric tent. I do drywall!”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!