Today in Labor History: August 20
Deranged relief postal service carrier Patrick “Crazy Pat” Henry Sherrill shoots and kills 14 coworkers, and wounds another six, before killing himself at an Edmond, Okla., postal facility. Supervisors had ignored warning signs of Sherrill’s instability, investigators later found; the shootings came a day after he had been reprimanded for poor work. The incident inspired the objectionable term “going postal” – 1986
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Labor Humor: A Steward’s Tale
A worker has problems getting his overtime hours paid properly, so he tracks down his union steward in the break room and explains his problem. The steward tells the worker it’s no sweat—as it happens, he’s meeting with management over this very issue in ten minutes. “Perfect timing,” he says. “You’re just like Sheldon.”
“Sheldon Cohen,” the steward says. “There’s a guy who did everything right. Like you coming to me about an overtime problem just minutes before my meeting with management on that very subject. It would have happened like that for Sheldon every single time.”
“Well, no one is perfect. There are always a few clouds over everybody,” responded the union member.
“Not Sheldon,” said the steward. “He was a terrific athlete. He could have gone on the pro tour in tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star. Handsome and sophisticated, more than Cary Grant. He had a better body than Arnold in his prime. He was something!
“Somehow Sheldon just knew exactly how to make women happy,” the steward continued. “He had a memory like a computer. Could remember everybody’s birthday. He knew all about wine, which fork to eat with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole neighborhood blacks out.”
“Wow, incredible. No wonder you remember him!” said the worker.
“Well, I never actually met Sheldon,” admitted the steward.
“Then how do you know so much about him?” asked the worker.
Responded the steward, “After he died, I married his wife.”
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