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  • "The strike is the weapon of the oppressed, of men capable of appreciating justice and having the courage to resist wrong and contend for principle."
    Eugene V. Debs (18551926), US politician and labor union leader
    Speaking during the strike of engineers and firefighters on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Rail Line.
    Source: Quoted in The Arizona Republic (2000)
  • "Why do people focus … on cash rewards? … We seldom create opportunities to congratulate each other. It's hard to imagine union leaders storming into a meeting, smashing their fists on the desk and demanding, “We want more congratulations!”"
    Kenneth Blanchard (1939–), US management theorist and author
    Source: “The Gift of the Goose,” Quality Digest (December 1997)
  • "I am just a hoary old bastard who wants to win."
    Sir Ian McGregor (19121998), British chairman of the National Coal Board
    Source: Observer (London) (March 11, 1984)
  • "The two sides of industry have traditionally always regarded each other in Britain with the greatest possible loathing, mistrust and contempt. They are both absolutely right."
    Auberon Waugh (19392001), British writer and journalist
    Source: Private Eye (December 16, 1983)
  • "The fertility of happy invention denied its full fruit by the grimy rules of union demarcation."
    Sir Harold Evans (1928–), British journalist and editor, editor-at-large of Reuters
    Referring to union opposition to new technology in the newspaper industry.
    Source: Good Times, Bad Times (1983)
  • "When you're negotiating for a 35 hour week, remember they have only just got 66 hours in Taiwan, and you're competing with Taiwan."
    Victor Kiam (19262001), US CEO of Remington Corporation
    Source: Daily Express (London) (June 12, 1981)
  • "All classes of society are trades unionists at heart, and differ chiefly in the boldness, ability, and secrecy with which they pursue their respective interests."
    William Stanley Jevons (18351882), British economist and mathematician
    Source: The State in Relation to Labour (1882)

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