American Labor Game

Worker Ants @ Worker Bees

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Politics is Often Ironic

It was the anti-union 24th President of the United States who signed the law that made Labor Day a U.S. federal holiday. In 1894, while serving his second (but non-consecutive) term, President Grover Cleveland found it politically wise to have the U.S. federal government recognize the "working class," many of whom were labor union members. The irony was that a few months earlier, Cleveland had used federal troops to break up a labor strike by railroad workers.


In 1894 President Cleveland used federal troops to break a railroad strike that had started at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago, a builder of railroad cars. Cleveland's attorney general successfully argued that the labor action interfered with the movement of U.S. mail within the railroad system. The federal government obtained an injunction in federal court barring union leaders from supporting the strike and demanding that the strikers cease their activities or face being fired (wikipedia.com) . When the injunction was violated Cleveland sent in 12,000 U.S. Army troops commanded by Brigadier General Nelson Miles.

By the time the federal government established the Labor Day holiday in 1894, 30 of the 44 united states had already passed laws honoring the working class. The state of Oregon was the first; it passed Labor Day legislation in 1887.

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Worker Ants

Dentist

Short Stop
Pilot

Right Field
Dry Cleaner

Center Field
Truck Driver

First Base
Pharmacist

Left Field
Stock Broker

Second Base
Civil Engineer

Catcher
Accountant

Third Base
Photographer

Pitcher

Worker Bees

Nurse

Third Base
Plumber

Second Base
Rail Conductor

First Base
Bus Driver

Left Field
Lawyer

Right Field
Taxi Driver

Short Stop
Police Officer

Center Field
Carpenter

Catcher
Cashier

Pitcher
SOURCE: United States Deptartment of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 1884, the Bureau of Labor was established in the Department of Interior. In 1888, it became an independent department for nearly 15 years before being incorporated into the Department of Commerce and Labor in 1903. In 1913, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was transferred to the newly created Department of Labor. (Source: History of the Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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    Inn. 1: Worker Ants
[Starter] Cashier
Dentist           1B         . . X
X@2:Dentist       CS 2-4     . . .
Pilot             1B         . . X
DryCleaner        8          . . X
TruckDriver       8          . . X
     Inn. 1: Worker Bees
[Starter] Photographer
Nurse             HR         . . . 1
Plumber           5          . . .
RailConductor     1B         . . X
BusDriver         K          . . X
Lawyer            E-6        . X X
TaxiDriver        K          . X X
     Inn. 2: Worker Ants
Pharmacist        9          . . .
Stockbroker       5-3        . . .
CivilEngineer     5-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: Worker Bees
PoliceOfficer     6          . . .
Carpenter         6-3        . . .
Cashier           4-3        . . .
     Inn. 3: Worker Ants
Accountant        K          . . .
Photographer      1-3        . . .
Dentist           4-3        . . .
     Inn. 3: Worker Bees
Nurse             8          . . .
Plumber           8          . . .
RailConductor     8          . . .
     Inn. 4: Worker Ants
Pilot             1B         . . X
DryCleaner        4-3        . X .
TruckDriver       3UN        X . .
Pharmacist        BB         X . X
Stockbroker       6-3        . X .
     Inn. 4: Worker Bees
BusDriver         4-3        . . .
Lawyer            HR         . . . 1
TaxiDriver        4-3        . . .
PoliceOfficer     4-3        . . .
     Inn. 5: Worker Ants
CivilEngineer     K          . . .
Accountant        8          . . .
Photographer      6-3        . . .
     Inn. 5: Worker Bees
Carpenter         5-3        . . .
Cashier           K          . . .
Nurse             K          . . .
     Inn. 6: Worker Ants
Dentist           1B         . . X
Pilot             BB         . X X
DryCleaner        1B         X X X
TruckDriver       BB         X X X 1
Pharmacist        K          X X X
Stockbroker       BB         X X X 1
CivilEngineer     1B         X X X 1
Accountant        8          X X .
X@4:TruckDriver   8-2 DP     X X .
     Inn. 6: Worker Bees
Plumber           BB         . . X
RailConductor     4-6-3 DP   . . .
BusDriver         K          . . .
     Inn. 7: Worker Ants
Photographer      K          . . .
Dentist           3UN        . . .
Pilot             4-3        . . .
     Inn. 7: Worker Bees
Lawyer            BB         . . X
*SB:Lawyer        SB         . X .
TaxiDriver        9          . X .
PoliceOfficer     4-3        X . .
Carpenter         HR         . . . 2
Cashier           6-3        . . .
     Inn. 8: Worker Ants
DryCleaner        6-3        . . .
TruckDriver       5-3        . . .
Pharmacist        6-3        . . .
     Inn. 8: Worker Bees
Nurse             9          . . .
Plumber           4-3        . . .
RailConductor     K          . . .
     Inn. 9: Worker Ants
Stockbroker       3B         X . .
CivilEngineer     BB         X . X
Accountant        1B         . X X 1
Photographer      2-3 SAC    X X .
Dentist           BB         X X X
Pilot             BB         X X X 1
DryCleaner        1B         X X X 1
TruckDriver       8 SACF     . X X 1
Pharmacist        K          . X X
     Inn. 9: Worker Bees
BusDriver         4-3        . . .
Lawyer            6-3        . . .
TaxiDriver        5-3        . . .

Worker Ants Win Game, 7-4

Thousands of years ago, one of the authors of the Old Testament was a close enough observer of nature to notice that ants keep busy without anyone telling them what to do. Modern biologists have long known the same thing ­ that ants, honeybees, termites and other social insects can marshal just the right number of forces to forage for food, repair the nest, care for eggs and battle off intruders, without any central or hierarchical control. There's no ant boss, termite overseer or bee middle manager...Research on social insects long has shown that the task a worker insect performs partly depends on internal factors, such as the individual's size or age. But in the past decade, studies have shown that the insects also respond to external factors. They choose to rest or rush to work, and they switch tasks rapidly and often, in response to cues from the environment and from the actions of other individuals...like the firing patterns of neurons in the brain. In each case there is no central headquarters giving orders, and the individual cells do not start out with a predetermined task. (Source: "Workers without bosses: How ants and bees know what to do when"; Stanford University News Service, March 1996.)

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GAME DATE August 28, 2014
GAME TIME 2 hours, 49 minutes
GAME WEATHER Sunny, 83oF, Wind from the NW at 7mph
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Employment of laundry and dry-cleaning workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. A growing population will continue to demand laundry and dry-cleaning services, particularly the dry-cleaning of professional attire and work uniforms and apparel. However, employment growth may be slowed as consumers purchase clothing and other articles that can be cleaned at home. (Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
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Studs Terkel

In 1995, when Mother Jones magazine asked a then 83-year-old Terkel to name the one issue America has most neglected or ignored throughout the years, he responded: The big one is the gap between the haves and the have-nots—always. …the key issue is jobs. You can’t get away from it: jobs. Having a buck or two in your pocket and feeling like somebody.(Reference: "Working, 40 Years After ‘Working’ by Paul Hiebert in Pacific-Standard magazine. July 10, 2014.)

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