I appreciate profoundly the lessons that can be learned from history, especially the stories that inspire.
Where I live, and probably everywhere, conflicts arise and long after they are settled the bad feelings continue (perhaps silent grudges – silent but still poisonous).
I like this post because of this man’s example – I hope you will enjoy it also – David
Business men are learning that it pays to be friendly to strikers. For example, when two thousand five hundred employees in the White Motor Company’s plant struck for higher wages and a union shop, Robert F. Black, the president, didn’t wax wroth and condemn, and threaten and talk of tyranny and Communists. He actually praised the strikers. He published an advertisement in the Cleveland papers, complimenting them on “the peaceful way in which they laid down their tools.” Finding the strike pickets idle, he bought them a couple of dozen baseball bats, and gloves and invited them to play ball on vacant lots. For those who preferred bowling, he rented a bowling alley.
This friendliness on President Black’s part did what friendliness always does; it begot friendliness. So the strikers borrowed brooms, shovels and rubbish carts, and began picking up matches, papers, cigarette stubs, and cigar…
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