Exit Stage Left

The speaker stood up at the microphone. He cleared his throat, tapped the mic, and said “testing, testing, testing. Can y’all hear me?”

The members of the small crowd nodded in unison. Just outside of the temporary fencing, however, a much larger, baleful group was gathered. They were holding picket signs and a lot of the participants were jeering. The speaker was not intimidated by the demonstrators because he knew that his company would be creating many new jobs for the local community. But the jobs would be non-union.

“Today is the launch of the groundbreaker for our new, state-of-the-art factory,” he said. “There are some spoilers out there,” he pointed to the crowd outside of the perimeter fence, “but don’t be put off by their noise. This factory will bring this town back to full employment once it’s becomes operational by next year at this time.”

Suddenly a loud chanting of “UNION! UNION! UNION!” came from within the ranks of the demonstrators, who started pressing up against the temporary fencing.

The speaker, fearful that the pro-union protesters were going to storm the stage, said “Thank you very much,” and ran off the stage to the left.

Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (speaker), Your Daily Word Prompt (baleful), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (launch), The Daily Spur (factory), and My Vivid Blog (spoilers).

11 thoughts on “Exit Stage Left

  1. Marleen February 25, 2022 / 6:09 pm

    My mom was actively anti-union,
    although she ignorantly benefited.

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  2. bushboy February 25, 2022 / 7:08 pm

    The speakers name should have been Snagglepuss 😂

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  3. Mister Bump UK February 26, 2022 / 12:03 am

    It’s funny because I have never been in a union. My skills were sufficient always to negotiate a good deal for myself.

    But I became pro-union when I met a girlfriend’s dad, I was only early twenties. He worked in a big car factory, had no appreciable skills to set him apart from anybody else, and he very articulately explained why he felt he needed the solidarity of his fellow workers behind him.

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  4. KL Caley February 26, 2022 / 12:19 am

    Great story 👏. I’ve enjoyed the comments too. KL ❤️

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  5. Geoff Stamper February 26, 2022 / 10:57 pm

    I made a living negotiating with unions. Never a dull moment!

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