Today in Labor History: August 13
Striking miners at Tracy City, Tenn., capture their mines and free 300 state convict strikebreakers. The convicts had been “leased” to mineowners by officials in an effort to make prisons self-supporting and make a few bucks for the state. The practice started in 1866 and lasted for 30 years – 1892
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Labor Humor: Saving the Day
An understanding boss, his thoughtful HR manager and a hard-working shop steward were in a sailboat in a storm. The boat sprung a leak and when they went to fix it they discovered that there was no patch. Who saved the day?
It was the hard-working shop steward; the others are fictional characters.
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!