Today in Labor History: August 6
Some 45,000 CWA and IBEW-represented workers at Verizon begin what is to be a two-week strike, refusing to accept more than 100 concession demands by the telecommunications giant – 2011
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Labor Humor: Any Way They Can (A True Story)
Back in the 1930’s Woody Guthrie, the legendary folksinger, was scheduled to perform at a rally during an organizing drive in his home state of Oklahoma. A few days ahead of time, union organizers passed out leaflets announcing the event.
On the day of the rally, as Woody was about to sing, somebody in the back of the hall stands up and yells, “Hey, buddy, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do with this leaflet. I’m going to use it for toilet paper.”
Immediately, a couple of the union guys go to grab him, but Woody says, “That’s OK, fellas. Leave him be. Some people need to get this information anyway they can.”
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