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In organized labor, an employee who breaks a strike. That is, a scab does not go on strike with other employees but instead keeps working. A scab may do this out of concern for his/her livelihood, because he/she does not agree with the reasons for striking, or for some other reason. Because scabs are thought to reduce the effectiveness of a strike, the term is highly derogatory.


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Moreover, emboldened by the victory in Fremantle, by the seamen's strike, and by the presence of veteran soldiers in their ranks, they turned the harassment of the scabs into outright warfare.
Without sufficient hot strength, high metal velocity washes the mold material away, leaving an erosion scab.
Short pants and bathing suits meant scrapes and cuts that eventually would form a scab, but I would try to remove it too soon with the result that the healing took longer.
ARS scientists say this new knowledge of the importance of toxin production by the fungus will give wheat breeders more ammunition for fighting costly head scab.
In the Decatur plant, management made union members wear their safety glasses and ear plugs at lunch, while scabs and management eat without them," Labor Notes reports.
In contrast, 37 other children who were given acetaminophen (Tylenol, Datril) developed scabs several days later.
THE cause of sheep scab is the non-burrowing mite psoroptes ovis, which at approximately 1mm in length is just visible to the naked eye.
Happy-go-lucky Mitty, a junior at a Manhattan prep school, finds his comfortable world turned upside down when he starts to research smallpox for a biology report and is accidentally exposed to old smallpox scabs he finds stuck in an envelope in an old medical book.
He should be encouraged not to pick or touch his scabs, to wash his hands regularly and use a separate towel from the rest of the family.
By March 25, the patient's lesions had all scabbed, the scabs had fallen off, and she felt well enough to return to work.
The scabs would replace many longtime workers at the Tyson processing plant in Jefferson, Wis.