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Labor Strike at the Szusterworks!

As some of you may know I am the number
one employer of urchin labor in New Babbage. I have a very
kind 12 hours work day for my urchin labor. I even give them
free snacks and lunch. Sadly, with rising labor costs I had to do
away with the daily cookie ration and replace them with pickles. I
thought I was very generous giving my urchin workers 2 pickles
instead of 3 cookies daily…

Apparently the “Noble and Holy
Order of the Squires of Labor” don’t seem to think so and have
started picketing my factory… This AFTER disabling all my machinery
so that I couldn’t hirereplacement workers…


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  1. Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh November 19, 2012

    Oy hates pickles!

    Urchins of Babbage aroise!   A general stroike of awl workers!  Cookies faw Labor!  Don’t do no maw work unless we get wot’s comin’ to us!

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying November 19, 2012

    *passes out cookies to the striking urchins and lets it be know that there is work available at Ying Industries*

  3. Gatsby Szuster Gatsby Szuster November 19, 2012

    Oh My… What Next?[img_assist|nid=6374|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=640|height=335]

  4. Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo November 19, 2012

    You obviously do not cane the layabouts enough.

    18 hour work days and thin gruel is generous enough.

    All that free time to think and plot you must take swift action Sir.

  5. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon November 19, 2012

    In related news, a statement by the Union of Clockwork Automatons details their support for the urchins and states that no clockwork will take on a job formally carried out by an urchin while this dispute continues.

  6. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg November 19, 2012

    *walks the picket line with Bert, offering hot cider, Cornish pasties and snickerdoodles to all present*


  7. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon November 19, 2012


  8. Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood November 20, 2012

    I guess pickle cookies’d be an unacceptable compromise?

  9. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg November 20, 2012

    I realize that the urchins are being treated unfairly, but really…

    What does everyone have against pickles?

    • Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon November 20, 2012

      Pickles are ok, not as good as apples, but ok…

      The problem is that urchins require cookies to live!

      They might die of cookie starvation!

      Oh dear!

  10. Victor1st Mornington Victor1st Mornington November 21, 2012

    Pickles are evil….

    • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood November 22, 2012

      Gerkins, mebbee. But not pickled peppers! Caynt beat them with a stick. Get those young’un’s on some pickled jalepanos or scotch bonnets, that’ll get ’em workin’!

      Pr’a’ps throw in some of those frijole beans? Cheaper ‘n’ pickles!

      • Emerson Lighthouse Emerson Lighthouse November 22, 2012

        So true, Mr. Underwood. And I hear frijole beans are good for the heart. Really… I hear that.



  11. Gatsby Szuster Gatsby Szuster November 22, 2012

    Well some labor relief is on it’s way.
    Walter Walrus, one of Fred’s friends is coming for thanksgiving and
    staying for a few days. Fred has assured me that they are more than
    capable of running the steam boilers at my factory… Fred said these
    movies are based on his time with Walter… I Can’t possiblely see
    what could go wrong…



    • Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon November 22, 2012

      What could possibly go wrong?

      *note to Unit #6, activate the blast shields*

      It is almost safe! *nods*

  12. Gatsby Szuster Gatsby Szuster November 26, 2012

    Well, Walter Walrus and Fred the
    Penguin are trying to get some production going… Their first task
    is trying to get the boilers lit without opposable thumbs. Even
    though Sera keeps rolling her eyes at me I still don’t see what could
    go wrong…



  13. Gatsby Szuster Gatsby Szuster December 5, 2012

    OK OK You can have your cookies back as soon as I rebuild… Not sure what possessed me to hire a Pengiun and Walrus to run my boilers… Just glad no one was seriously injured in the inferno…


  14. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk December 5, 2012

    i bet they have a few hours of fuel oil in them.

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