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    :: Friday, November 25, 2005 ::

    52 playing cards = fearsome "Local 52" - Union Democracy Review #158
    To appreciate this story, remember that 52 cards make a deck (except for pinochle's 48.) From that obscure fact arises an imaginary Local 52...

    A group of members of the International Chemical Workers Union at the Colgate-Palmolive plant in Jeffersonville, IN, writes that, "Unhappy with our Local's officers..., Over the years, we have banded together informally to lobby for reform." They are represented by Local 15C.

    To ridicule them, the incumbent officers derisively dismissed them as the "Local 52 members," implying, not too subtly, that they were more interested in playing cards than in unionism. But the reformers were not bothered by this effort to derogate their activities. They defiantly assumed the name bestowed upon them; from then on they called their reform caucus "Local Fifty-Two." They popularized their adopted caucus name on their new website and emblazoned it proudly on their T-shirts.
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