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The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 began on July 14 in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and ended some 45 days later after it was put down by local and state militias, as well as by federal troops.

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Word of the Day: Fink

Fink (fingk)


1. Slang. to inform to the police; squeal

2. Slang. to act as a strikebreaker; scab


1. Slang. a strike breaker

2. Slang. a labor spy

3. Slang. an informer; stoll pigeon

4. Slang. a comtemptible or thoroughly unattrctive person

Origin: emerged as a slang term in the US in the early 1900s. Its origin is unknown, but some etymologists cite the German word of the same spelling, which means “a frivolous or dissolute person,” as a possible lexical ancestor.

United States of America[edit]

The Anti-Pinkerton Act of 1893 (5 U.S.C. § 3108) forbade the U.S. government from using Pinkerton National Detective Agency employees, or similar private police companies. In 1977, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals interpreted this statute as forbidding the U.S. government’s employing companies offering mercenary, quasi-military forcesfor hire. United States ex rel. Weinberger v. Equifax, 557 F.2d 456, 462 (5th Cir. 1977), cert. denied, 434 U.S. 1035 (1978). There is a disagreement over whether or not this proscription is limited to the use of such forces as strikebreakers, because it is stated thus:

The purpose of the Act and the legislative history reveal that an organization was “similar” to the Pinkerton Detective Agency only if it offered for hire mercenary, quasi-military forces as strikebreakers and armed guards. It had the secondary effect of deterring any other organization from providing such services lest it be branded a “similar organization.” The legislative history supports this view and no other.

In the 7 June 1978 Letter to the Heads of Federal Departments and Agencies, the Comptroller General interpreted this decision in a way that carved out an exemption for “Guard and Protective Services”.

A U.S. Department of Defense interim rule (effective 16 June 2006) revises DoD Instruction 3020.41 to authorize contractors, other than private security contractors, to use deadly force against enemy armed forces only in self-defense. 71 Fed. Reg. 34826. Per that interim rule, private security contractors are authorized to use deadly force when protecting their client’s assets and persons, consistent with their contract’s mission statement. One interpretation is that this authorizes contractors to engage in combat on behalf of the U.S. government. It is the combatant commander’s responsibility to ensure that private security contract mission statements do not authorize performance of inherently governmental military functions, i.e. preemptive attacks or assaults or raids, etc..

Otherwise, civilians with U.S. Armed Forces lose their law of war protection from direct attack if and for such time as they directly participate in hostilities. On 18 August 2006, the U.S. Comptroller General rejected bid protest arguments that U.S. Army contracts violated the Anti-Pinkerton Act by requiring that contractors provide armed convoy escort vehicles and labor, weapons, and equipment for internal security operations at Victory Base Complex, Iraq. The Comptroller General reasoned the act was unviolated, because the contracts did not require contractors to provide quasi-military forces as strikebreakers.[10] Yet, on 1 June 2007, the Washington Post reported: “A federal judge yesterday ordered the military to temporarily refrain from awarding the largest security contract in Iraq. The order followed an unusual series of events set off when a U.S. Army veteran, Brian X. Scott, filed a protest against the government practice of hiring what he calls mercenaries, according to sources familiar with the matter.” Though Scott had filed the protest at the Court of Federal Claims, the court order was the result of other bidders intervening in the case. Scott did not submit a bid, however, when the bidders who did submit a bid tried to protest at GAO, their GAO bid protests were dismissed due to the fact that Scott had filed a case at the court and deprived GAO of further jurisdiction in the matter. Scott’s case had been dismissed at GAO and was eventually dismissed at the court. The court order was in response to one of the legitimate contractors and Brian X. Scott had no role in obtaining that order.[11]

The contract, worth about $400 million, calls for a private company to provide intelligence services to the U.S. Army and security for the Army Corps of Engineers on reconstruction work in Iraq. The case, which is being heard by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, puts on trial one of the most controversial and least understood aspects of the Iraq war: the outsourcing of military security to an estimated 20,000 armed contractors.[11]

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Slang. to inform to the police; squeal.
Slang. to act as a strikebreaker; scab.


Slang. a strikebreaker.
Slang. a labor spy.
Slang. an informer; stool pigeon.
Slang. a contemptible or thoroughly unattractive person.


You want me to find out what happened to all those kids I ran with, who didn’t know I was studying them like bugs in a bottle. You want me to go down there seventeen years later and say, “I’m the guy finked on you, remember me?”
— Harlan Ellison , “Punky and the Yale Men,” Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled, 1968 

He held out for a while, laid low, and then, when the ranks started to break, he finked and crossed the picket lines.
— Allen Barra , “Joe Montana: Tarnished Hero,” Big Play: Barra on Football , 2004 


Fink emerged as a slang term in the US in the early 1900s. Its origin is unknown, but some etymologists cite the German word of the same spelling, which means “a frivolous or dissolute person,” as a possible lexical ancestor.

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Giant Mine, in the outskirts of Yellowknife, NTW, Canada.  Between 1948-2004 it produced 220,000 kg of gold.  A labor dispute, starting in May of 1992, and ending in December of 1993, came to a head when an explosion killed nine strikebreakers on September 18, 1992.  The explosion was set by disgruntled mine employee Roger Warren, who remains in prison after confessing to the murders.