Today in Labor History: May 7
Two die, 20 are injured in “Bloody Tuesday” as strikebreakers attempt to run San Francisco streetcars during a strike by operators. The strike was declared lost in 1908 after many more deaths, including several in scab-operated streetcar accidents – 1907
(From Blackjacks to Briefcases: This is the first book to document the systematic and extensive use by American corporations of professional unionbusters, an ugly profession that surfaced after the Civil War and has grown bolder and more sophisticated with the passage of time. Since the 1980s, hundreds of firms have paid out millions of dollars to hired thugs. Some have been in uniforms and carried nightsticks and guns, others have worn three-piece suits and carried attaché cases, but all had one simple mission: to break the backs of workers struggling for decency and fair treatment on the job.)
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Labor Humor: Equal Opportunity
A business looking for office help put a sign in the window saying, “Help Wanted: Must be able to type, have computer skills, and be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.”
Pretty soon, a dog trotted in, looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined. The receptionist got the office manager, who tried to shoo the dog away. When the dog just sat there, wagging his tail hopefully, the exasperated manager decided to play along and said, “I can’t hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type.”
The dog trotted over to the computer and typed out a perfect letter. The stunned manager told the dog, “You also have to have computer skills.”
The dog wagged his tail again, padded over to the computer and keyed in a flawless spreadsheet. The manager, dumb-founded, said, “Look, I see that you’re obviously an intelligent dog with some interesting abilities, but I still can’t hire you.”
The dog cocked his head, then ran over to the sign in the window and put his paw on the sentence about being an Equal Opportunity Employer. “Yes,” the manager admitted. “But it also says that you have to be bilingual.”
The dog looked at the manager calmly and said, “Meow.”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!