The scam is introduced when Rolf is seen tacking up fliers for a job opportunity, promising pay but no benefits. His job search lead him past the Eds, and Eddy, sensing a quick profit opportunity, suggested Ed as Rolf's worker. After a brief interview, Rolf agreed to hire Ed to work for him.
Once Ed got to the job, Rolf set in to train Ed. He started out by giving Ed work boots and deducting the rental fee from his pay. He then lead Ed into his toolshed and had him work on peeling potatoes. To peel them, Ed needed to use one of Rolf's tools, which lead to another pay deduction due to a rental fee. After a rickety start, Ed managed to begin peeling a potato, however, Rolf angrily reprimanded him and gave him another pay deduction as the waste on the peel could feed an entire village for a week. Rolf then left Ed there with instructions to peel all the potatoes by the end of the day, or he would be fired.
Naturally, Eddy was irked by these continuous pay deductions, and his ire only rose when Ed told him that he had to peel all the potatoes or he would be fired. In response to this, he began to work and enlisted Edd to help. Edd agreed, and started out by using a hairpin to more efficiently peel potatoes. When Eddy insulted him on the grounds that this would be too slow of a process, Edd built a machine to help them get the job done quickly.
When Rolf did get back to see if Ed had finished, he found that the machine had peeled his potatoes and changed them into French fries. Upon seeing this, he claimed that the spud had been shamed and once again deducted Ed's pay. Angry at this, Eddy and Rolf got into a war of words which was only won when Rolf claimed that he would not pay Ed at all if Ed did not come with him. Eddy angrily let Ed go, but he wasn't done fighting Rolf.
Eddy angrily started a picket line and went on strike against Rolf and his unfair labor practices. Edd was unhappy with this, as he thought it would only increase strife between the two sides, but Eddy ignored him. At this, Edd decided to instead go into Rolf's house and sit at the bargaining table in order to act as a diplomat when it came to discussions between the boss (Rolf) and the employee (Ed), arguing on behalf of his friend.
Outside, the strike garnered popular support from Jonny and Plank, while being looked down on by Kevin. When Kevin tried to cross the picket line, Eddy tackled him, and Nazz pointed out to Kevin that Eddy was allowed to preserve the sanctity of the picket line under the Workers' Rights Act. Soon, though, the other kids left, and Eddy crept over to the window to find out how negotiations were going.
When negotiations finished, Rolf came out offering jawbreakers to Ed and Edd. Eddy hurriedly approached Rolf wanting his own jawbreaker, and Rolf unenthusiastically made him a deal.
The deal that Rolf made was that Edd and Eddy would take positions as the lowest-ranked employees, while Ed would become "Turkey Eyes" (their supervisor) and he would continue to be the main boss. This worked out well for Edd who was a good employee, but worked out poorly with Eddy, who hated doing work and was in most ways a horrid employee. However, Ed was able to discipline him, and proved to Rolf along the way that he was a good hire.