Today in Labor History: September 3
African-American cotton pickers organize and strike in Lee County, Texas, against miserably low wages and other injustices, including a growers’ arrangement with local law enforcement to round up blacks on vagrancy charges, then force them to work off their fines on select plantations. Over the course of September a white mob put down the strike, killing 15 strikers in the process – 1891
Labor Humor: Careful What You Wish For
Labor and management negotiators are working very late one night, struggling with a new contract. Suddenly, a genie appears before them and offers each one wish.
Management’s union-busting consultant shyly admits, “I’ve always dreamed of writing the great American novel and having my work studied in schools across the land. I’d like to go to a tropical island where I can concentrate and write my masterpiece.”
The genie says, “No problem!” and poof! The union-buster vanishes.
The company’s HR director says, “Well, I’ve always wanted to create a painting so beautiful that it would hang in the Louvre Museum in Paris for all the world to admire. I want to go to the French countryside to work on my painting.”
The genie says, “Your wish is granted!” and poof! The HR director vanishes.
The genie then turns to the union negotiator and says, “And what is your wish?”
The union negotiator says, “Those last two wishes took care of it, thanks.”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!