Today’s labor quote is from an article in the March 1936 edition of the magazine Popular Science, which listed what it termed “the world’s craziest jobs.”
All of the jobs were in Hollywood and included the following: Horse-tail painter (to make the tails stand out better in the movies); bone-bleacher (for animal skeletons in Westerns); and chorus-girl weigher, whose function the article did not make terribly clear.
photo: Busby Berkeley weighing chorus girls. photo courtesy resurrectingthechorusgirl, which has some interesting observations about the reality of the working lives of chorus girls.
By Mark Engler and Paul Engler
A new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. This Is an Uprising shows how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.
By The Worker Institute at Cornell
Negotiating for the Union: An Inside View of Strategies and Tactics (DVD) is a three part series, produced in-house by The Worker Institute at Cornell, with union volunteers and labor educators. This DVD is a tool for teaching about negotiations and grievances and is sold with a discussion guide for each segment: An Inside View of Collective Bargaining (two versions, one with commentary by ILR faculty), Bargaining and Caucus Techniques, and Resolving a Suspension Grievance. Proceeds from the sale of the series will be used to support worker participation in training programs offered by the Worker Institute at Cornell. One DVD, plus guide.
By Peter Bollen
Great Labor Quotations: Sourcebook and Reader is wonderful collection of quotations on work, labor and unionism, drawn almost entirely from the American labor movement. If you ever have to give a speech, write a paper, or just plain get inspiration, this book is for you. More than 1,300 quotations are divided into 17 chapters (such as, “This Working Life,” “Bread and Butter,” “Strife and Strike”), interspersed with cartoons, photos and brief biographies of labor greats. Nicely indexed so you can find just what you’re looking for.