where did the terms " rank and file" and "redcircled" come from..

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by coldworld, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Coldworld

    Coldworld Taking it all back.....

  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Obscured by Mirrors Staff Member

    In politics and labor unions the rank and file are the individual members of an organization, exclusive of its leadership. The phrase originated in the military, denoting the horizontal "ranks" and vertical "files" of individual foot-soldiers, exclusive of the noncommissioned officers.

    Red-circled -The practice of not increasing or not reducing the pay of an employee when their pay is more than that of other people doing the same job. These employees were circled with a red pen to easily identify.