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Scab

A pejorative term used colloquially in reference to a nonunion worker who takes the place of a union employee on strike or who works for wages and other conditions that are inferior to those guaranteed to a union member by virtue of the union contract.

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Labor Union.

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The six scabs are with the faction that lost in the Palea election early this year; they are utterly without any mandate to speak on behalf of the union.
Infection is characterised by raised scab like crusts (How et al., 1990).
In laboratory experiments, the human cells involved in healing quickly attached to the membrane and lined up like those in actual scabs. The scientists conclude that this membrane "is of great potential in fabricating dressing materials for rapid wound healing, as well as other biomaterials, such as membrane for capturing circulating tumor cells, bone growth and constructing neural networks."
In Melbourne the situation was more complex, but the same strategic advantage as Fremantle applied--returned soldiers were present in large numbers and they were unhappy about the preference given to the 1917 scabs. Their understandable resentment, and the readiness of returned soldiers to resolve problems with their fists, was matched by the anger of the wharfies who had begun their own war against the scabs.
A strike-breaker who wanted to remain anonymous said a lot of men had been unfairly labelled scabs.
However, some boys question why they should stop attacking scabs and ripping up their newspapers.
Small children will touch and scratch their scabs and therefore run the risk of infection.
These outbreaks were likely introduced there by cotton imported from Egypt, where months before it had been contaminated with smallpox scabs (7).
To avoid picking your scabs, try putting on a little antibiotic ointment like Bacitracin and cover it with a band-aid.
In this issue, Levy and Levy (1) report on the development of an ELISA using single-chain antibodies (ScAbs) from a phage library for the determination of the major haptoglobin (Hp) phenotype in serum.
Susanne Caro, the librarian at the College of Santa Fe's Fogelson Library, found the scabs in an envelope inside an 1888 book on Civil War medicine written by Dr.