August is historically a dicey month in terms of labor strife. So throw a company cookout and make peace, already.
The First Whiff of Teen Spirit
Back when cable TV was thought to be a money-sucking endeavor, Bob Pittman argued otherwise. He launched MTV 25 years ago today. Over the years, the network's shows have taught CEOs a number of valuable lessons: Do not ask your 18-year-old daughter to consult on a business line, as Tommy Hilfiger did (Rich Girls); a new hire who vomits during orientation is probably not going to work out (The Real World: Las Vegas); and finally, you're not a success until you have a flat-screen TV in every bathroom (Cribs).
Key Dates in the Labor Movement, Part 1
On this date in 1981, Ronald Reagan upended the labor movement by firing 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers under the Taft-Hartley Act.
Key Dates in the Labor Movement, Part 2
On this date in 1866, the new National Labor Union formally asked Congress to prescribe an eight-hour workday. Two years later, Congress agreed to do so for federal workers. The NLU disbanded soon thereafter, but organized labor had gained steam.
Key Dates in the Labor Movement, Part 3
Finally, on this date in 1966, agricultural workers led by Cesar Chavez officially formed the United Farm Workers of America. Earlier this year, the union made headlines again when it disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO to join Change to Win.
Refining the Line
Now, some escapist fun: The U.S. Open starts today in New York City. The tennis tournament, televised on CBS and USA, will be the first grand slam event to feature instant-replay officiating. Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters won in '05.