What would Labor Day (U.S.) be like without a union meeting and cookout?

This Labor Day meeting of the Amalgamated Union of Supernatural Creatures is called to order.

First agenda item: An admonishment to our werewolf brothers and sisters. Much as though you enjoy it, this practice of moonlighting must come to an end. Our solidarity is at stake!

Speaking of stakes, that brings us to our second agenda item: escalating health insurance costs. The biggest expense this last year has been for blood bank withdrawals. May I remind our vampiric brothers and sisters that use of the blood banks is for emergencies only. Normally, we expect you to subsist on your non-union managers. They suck you dry; you return the favor.

Now to the third agenda item: on behalf of our invisible brothers and sisters, we’ve brought a lawsuit against fifteen different employers. “Out of sight, out of mind” simply will not cut it when we’re discussing wages and benefits with these firms. Our biggest problem is the countersuit that’s been filed alleging rampant absenteeism. We remind our invisible brothers and sisters that punching the time clock is especially necessary for you to claim the fruits of your labors.

Fourth on the agenda: I am happy to announce that last year’s lawsuit by the union of sextons and  gravediggers, complaining about unfair competition from our ghoul brothers and sisters, has been settled by splitting the workday between the two unions, with the ghouls having all nighttime excavation. We were assisted by the union of mortician, undertakers, and funeral directors, who recognize a cost savings when they see one. They know the ghouls will not only dig a grave, but they’ll often also eat the contents, making the grave reusable.

Our fifth agenda item refers to unfair overseas competition. The witches and warlocks have been complaining that foreign spell-casters not only undercut them in pricing services, but are providing shoddy spells under the claim that they are more portable. It is with great reluctance that we observe brothers and sisters have been resorting to these foreign spell-casters, even when a perfectly good domestic witch is available. Attempts to litigate this matter at the WTO have proved fruitless. So the witches and warlocks are called to a special meeting tonight at midnight, when they will collectively engage in imposing a curse on their foreign competition.  Attendance is mandatory, and we expect you to show up in union-made ceremonial garments.

We’ll take a break for refreshments now, and come back for the election of officers in one hour. A reminder to flesh-eating zombies that other union members do not constitute refreshments. There was that unpleasant incident last year with Brother Henri, may he rest in peace, and we don’t want it to happen again.

The kitchen crew, local 13 of witches

The kitchen crew, local 13 of witches


About Brian Bixby

I enjoy history because it helps me understand people. I'm writing fiction for much the same reason.
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4 Responses to What would Labor Day (U.S.) be like without a union meeting and cookout?

  1. E. J. Barnes says:

    Do you mean admonition?
    It only just occurred to me that ghouls may have problems consuming corpses that have been pumped full of formaldehyde, as is so often the case these days.
    Nicely done.

    • Brian Bixby says:

      “Admonishment” is acceptable in this context. The two words aren’t quite synonyms, but they’re close enough that the second online dictionary I consulted reversed the distinction made by the first one!

      As for the ghouls, I don’t know if they’ve adapted to formaldehyde, or have learned to drain it. You can bet they’re annoyed by cremations, though!

  2. Judy says:

    A slightly macabre labor force….especially the ghouls and the reusable graves! I slept sweating under a heavy comfort for oh six weeks after seeing The Night of the Living Dead! But I suppose ghouls and things beyond the grave have jobs to do! Ick, but very cute!!

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