Labor strife had reached new heights amidst revelations that management had mislead the employees into believing that everyone would share in trying to rescue the failing company. It seems that senior executives were receiving extravagant payments and "perks" costing many thousands of dollars at a time when the employees were asked to sacrifice.
In retaliation, union members began flagrantly abusing their contract's sick-leave provisions, despite the strongest denials that this was taking place from labor officials.
At last a summit conference was convened to restore peace. As the session convened, the company's chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of a local newspaper,
"This man," said he, "called in sick yesterday!"
There on the sports page was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. The silence in the room was broken by the senior union negotiator.
"Wow," he reflected, "think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn't been so sick ..."
-----------------A Final Thought ...
"The most conservative man in the world is the British Trade Unionist when you want to change him."
- Ernest Bevin (1881-1951), British Labour politician