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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 5/16/18
Posted On: May 16, 2018

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Wednesday May 16, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Union Rep's Prep Time Should Be Paid
A U. S. Veterans Administration worker should have been granted paid time to prepare for a hearing on behalf of another worker, an arbitrator ruled. The contract clearly states that a designated union representative be paid for time spent in preparing for and presenting cases in hearings before a merit pay board; testimony showed the preparation was needed due to the complexity of the case. As a result, the worker used his personal annual time allowance to pay for the time he spent on the case. The arbitrator ordered the worker be paid for his time and that the agency act appropriately in the future.

Labor Quote
Getting Through Together
"I just sit there and hum and sing and talk to my friend Willie. We get through it together."
—Poultry worker Brenda Farmer, quoted in the New York Times about working on the bagging line at an Arkansas Butterball plant, where 102 raw turkeys slide by each minute.

Labor Cartoon
Joseph Bore

Steward Tip
Negotiating in the Grievance Process
The real skill involved in grievance meetings—apart from preparation—is negotiating. Every steward should aim to become a shrewd negotiator—because every meeting with management about grievances is a kind of bargaining. You are trying to resolve the meaning of the contract in a particular situation as well as trying to demonstrate how management may have violated the contract. And you want the best possible settlement for the grievant and the union.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
May 16
Minneapolis general strike backs Teamsters, who are striking most of the city’s trucking companies - 1934
 
U.S. Supreme Court issues Mackay decision, which permits the permanent replacement of striking workers. The decision had little impact until Ronald Reagan’s replacement of striking air traffic controllers (PATCO) in 1981, a move that signaled anti-union private sector employers that it was OK to do likewise - 1938
 

Black labor leader and peace activist A. Philip Randolph dies. He was president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and first Black on the AFL-CIO executive board, and a principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington - 1979
 
May 17
Supreme Court outlaws segregation in public schools - 1954
 

Twelve Starbucks baristas in a midtown Manhattan store, declaring they couldn’t live on $7.75 an hour, signed cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies - 2004
 
May 18
In what may have been baseball’s first labor strike, the Detroit Tigers refuse to play after team leader Ty Cobb is suspended: he went into the stands and beat a fan who had been heckling him.  Cobb was reinstated and the Tigers went back to work after the team manager’s failed attempt to replace the players with a local college team: their pitcher gave up 24 runs - 1912
 
Amalgamated Meat Cutters union organizers launch a campaign in the nation’s packinghouses, an effort that was to bring representation to 100,000 workers over the following two years - 1917

Jerry Wurf, who was to serve as president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) from 1964 to his death in 1981, born in New York City. The union grew from about 220,000 members to more than 1 million during his presidency - 1919
 

Big Bill Haywood, a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), dies in exile in the Soviet Union - 1928
 
Atlanta transit workers, objecting to a new city requirement that they be fingerprinted as part of the employment process, go on strike. They relented and returned to work six months later - 1950
 

Insurance Agents Int’l Union and Insurance Workers of America merge to become Insurance Workers Int’l Union (later to merge into the UFCW) - 1959
 
Oklahoma jury finds for the estate of atomic worker Karen Silkwood, orders Kerr-McGee Nuclear Co. to pay $505,000 in actual damages, $10 million in punitive damages for negligence leading to Silkwood’s plutonium contamination - 1979


—Compiled and edited by David Prosten. Click here to view this week's complete labor history.

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