August 17, 1985

On August 17, 1985, 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job at a Hormel plant in Austin, MN. Hormel had frozen wages since 1977 and then in 1985 demanded that the union workers take a 23% pay cut. The workers said no and struck. Many of the workers also said that they were going to strike anyway, since they’d noticed that there wasn’t enough sexual innuendo about the jobs they did. They were “meat packers”. They packed “meat”. They hauled “meat” every day. They felt there should have been at least 33% more sexual innuendo associated with their jobs.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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