The Pullman Strike of 1894

You can only push people so far before they explode:

George Pullman responded to the depression much like many of his contemporaries. At first he cut back his workforce by three-quarters. But widespread layoffs threatened both profits and the paternalism on which his town had been founded. In 1894, he began taking contracts at a loss—overproduction. This enabled Pullman to rehire many workers, so that by April 1894, 68 percent of the old workforce was employed again. But the only way to compensate was by cutting piece-rates a drastic 28 percent on average. Moreover, because Pullman remained committed to a return on investment in the homes he had built for his workers, he refused to reduce the rents he charged, which were already higher than rents charged elsewhere. The resulting economic hardship was greatly exacerbated by the unpredictability in piece-rates and the grievances against particular foremen.

Bolding mine, because these two specific factors of course clashed, and pushed workers (and their families) into a no-win scenario. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with paying workers based on how much they produce, as long as you don't change the rules when it suits management. But when a day's work is all of a sudden worth 28% less, it is far worse than cutting somebody's "hours" back to 29 instead of 40. Conservatives of today would probably say "just produce more" or some other poorly-crafted observation, as if workers were intentionally holding back. Had Pullman been a little more flexible about the rent, this strike might not have happened:

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


STOP LEGISLATIVE SIDESHOWS, GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AND ADDRESS REAL ISSUES: Why are legislative leaders focused on promoting rumor, inuendo and anonymous accusations in their amateurish Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom for Teachers and Students” task force – rather than making sure every teacher has the resources to deliver quality instruction to every student? This flim-flam has cost North Carolinians dearly. The deception and political slight of hand is neither entertaining nor productive as the legislature starts is third month in overtime. It is not too much to ask, at $50,000-a-day, to have a legislature that finally gets down to business, focuses on the real issues and needs of North Carolina and stops with the inflated rhetoric, side shows and gimmicks. It's Kabuki theatre, plain and simple. Exaggerated gestures and painted-on smiles, and campaigning 24/7/365. Substance just gets in the way.

White Supremacy in the classroom: Dogwood charter school

Banning CRT is just part of the movement to protect white control:

We follow the Classical Education structure and a curriculum in Western Civilization taught in small classes by specially selected and trained teachers. Our students absorb moral virtues of good and evil through stories of heroes and villains that have passed down through our cultural heritage.

You don't have to be well-versed in the lingo of White Supremacy to smell a rat like this, but apparently NC's Charter School Board has no sense of smell at all. Here's some background on Hillsdale College, which is closely tied to Dogwood:

Saturday News: Club For Grift

TRUMP ENDORSEMENT TRUMPETED IN TV ADS FOR TED BUDD: President Donald Trump endorsed Ted Budd three months ago in North Carolina’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. Now one of Budd’s biggest political backers is spending $3 million to make sure Republicans in the state are aware of Trump’s endorsement. Club For Growth Action, which backed Budd in his first congressional bid in 2016 and has lined up behind his Senate campaign, will run a television ad promoting Trump’s endorsement for the next eight weeks in the Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro markets and statewide on Fox News. In June, Club for Growth Action President David McIntosh announced his group had raised more than $5 million — and planned to raise more — to support Budd’s Senate run. Maybe when enough of his "endorsed" candidates lose he'll have a Trumper tantrum and quit politics altogether.

Friday News: Guns in the classroom


STUDENT AT MT. TABOR HIGH SCHOOL DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUND: One student is dead and a suspect has been arrested after a shooting Wednesday at a North Carolina high school, according to local officials. Law enforcement responded to Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem at 12:07 p.m. after the school resource officer reported a student was shot, Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said in a news conference. About 1,500 students attend the high school, which is in a residential neighborhood about 83 miles northeast of Charlotte. The school immediately went into lockdown, Thompson said. Law enforcement subsequently located one student, William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr., with a gunshot wound. Holding back tears, Thompson told reporters Miller was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he later died.

It's Time For Congress To Rein In Big Tech

This past June, the House Judiciary Committee passed six long-awaited and necessary antitrust bills that will regulate Big Tech monopolies like Google and Amazon. This bipartisan legislation has been years in the making, but it could not have come at a more pressing time. Big Tech monopolies have shown time and time again that they will not regulate themselves, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the movement to delegitimize the 2020 presidential election.


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