Today in Labor History: October 15
President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act—often referred to as “Labor’s Magna Carta”—establishing that unions are not “conspiracies” under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law – 1914
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Labor Humor: Bargaining Lingo
The management bargaining committee demanded that the union give them an answer to management’s proposal for union concessions. The union negotiator gave them this answer: “Because of the fluctuational predisposition of our member’s productive capacity as juxtaposed to the industry standards, it would be injudicious to accede to your submission forthwith.”
The management negotiator was confused and said, “I don’t get it.”
The union said, “That’s right.”