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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 3/21/18
Posted On: Mar 26, 2018

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Wednesday March 21, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Suspension of Union Rep for Behavior Issue Lifted
A union president’s insistence to enter his boss’s office did not constitute “flagrant misconduct” that warranted his five-day suspension, an arbitrator ruled. The union official was blocked by a secretary from seeing the management official and responded by insisting on entering; finally, he walked around the secretary and entered the office. The arbitrator noted union representatives are given considerable latitude in behavior when on union business and said the rep in this case clearly did not commit acts of flagrant misconduct that would call for discipline. He said the suspension should be removed from the records and the worker made whole.

Labor Quote
Work Together
"People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society."
—Vince Lombardi, legendary football coach.

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H.L. Schwadron

Steward Tip
Organizing Around Workload Issues: Some Specific Actions
• Everybody can wear the same color clothes or a ribbon with an accompanying sticker declaring: DANGER: WORKOVERLOAD.
• You can undertake small, collective actions. For example, in a staff meeting everyone clears their throats or loudly shuffles their papers at the same time if the supervisor does not agree to provide the additional staff everyone agrees is needed.
• The union can develop a performance evaluation form for all supervisors, to be filled out by the workers. The results could be posted on the union bulletin board or published in the newsletter. The survey could carry questions that yield results such as, “95 percent of the supervisors were ranked below average on their ability to provide extra help when needed.”

—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
March 21
American Labor Union founded - 1853
 

March 22
Mark Twain, a lifelong member of the Int’l Typographical Union (now part of CWA), speaks in Hartford, Conn., extolling the Knights of Labor’s commitment to fair treatment of all workers, regardless of race or gender - 1886
 
The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington state’s Columbia River begins operation after a decade of construction.  Eight thousand workers labored on the project; 77 died - 1941
 
Eight hundred striking workers at Brown & Sharpe in Kingstown, R.I. are tear-gassed by state and local police in what was to become a losing 17-year-long fight by the Machinists union - 1982
 

A 32-day lockout of major league baseball players ends with an agreement to raise the minimum league salary from $68,000 to $100,000 and to study revenue-sharing between owners and players - 1990
 
A bitter six-and-a-half-year UAW strike at Caterpillar Inc. ends. The strike and settlement, which included a two-tier wage system and other concessions, deeply divided the union - 1998
 
March 23
Trial of 101 Wobblies, charged with opposing the draft and hindering the war effort, begins in Chicago - 1918

Norris-La Guardia Act restricts injunctions against unions and bans yellow dog contracts, which require newly-hired workers to declare they are not union members and will not join one - 1932
 

Five days into the Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years, President Nixon declares a national emergency and orders 30,000 troops to New York City to break the strike. The troops didn’t have a clue how to sort and deliver mail: a settlement came a few days later - 1970
 
Coalition of Labor Union Women founded in Chicago by some 3,000 delegates from 58 unions and other organizations - 1974
 
Fifteen workers die, another 170 are injured when a series of explosions rip through BP’s Texas City refinery. Investigators blamed a poor safety culture at the plant and found BP management gave priority to cost savings over worker safety - 2005


—Compiled and edited by David Prosten.

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