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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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During the 1917 strike the WWF had counselled its Melbourne members to ignore the scabs and throughout most of that conflict this counsel of respectability was adhered to.
It turned out the old guy had been a scab, or blackleg, during the General Strike in 1927.
Narrator D: Four days later, the strike is still on, but attacks on scabs and delivery carts are less frequent.
Schoolchildren can normally return to their classes after one week from the start of treatment even with scabs, as long as they remember not to scratch or touch them.
In 1957, two London virologists using cell cultures examined smallpox scabs that had been stored in test tubes under ambient laboratory conditions.
These scabs will potentially be the oldest material we'll have looked at in terms of being able to determine any kind of genomic characterization," says Damon.
Sometimes the buckle will open up, allowing the metal to run through the crack in the sand and fill the void behind the buckle to create a scab (Fig.
The bleeding eventually stopped but left me with scabs so ugly that I was too embarrassed to wear shorts even in the hottest weather.
So she'll continue to pick at scabs while she puts up one-woman shows, dreams of starring in "funny movies"--and tries to keep her mother out of her head.
All this damage is caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum, which got nicknamed "head scab" because of the blisters or scabs it forms on the grain-bearing structure, or head, of grain plants.
But bumping elbows with people he previously dismissed as scabs is only part of the unpleasantness on the line at Firestone.
The many replacement workers who have been hired on at Staley will now have union membership, making Local 7837 a union of scabs.