Labor: Don We Now Our. . .

Don We Now Our. . .

Ebenezer Scrooge would have liked the executives at the Okonite Cable Co., an electric-cable manufacturer in North Brunswick, N.J. According to plant workers, a senior manager was leading a group of newly hired salesmen on a shop-floor tour when someone took umbrage at the sight of laborers wearing Santa Claus caps. Though the festive headgear had become something of an annual tradition at the plant, management ordered three offending workers to get rid of their caps. When they refused, they were promptly suspended for three days without pay.

By the following morning some 120 workers had donned red-and-white caps in protest,...

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