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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 5/30/18
Posted On: May 30, 2018

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Wednesday May 30, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
A Misplaced Traffic Ticket Brings Wrongful Firing
After a school bus driver received a ticket for speeding while off duty, he stopped by the office to inform his supervisor of the violation, in accordance with work rules. Told the supervisor was busy, he left the ticket with a dispatcher, who also made a copy of the ticket. For some reason, the supervisor never received the ticket and learned of the violation some months later. The company discharged the driver—who had six years of satisfactory service—for failure to notify his supervisor. An arbitrator overturned the discharge, ruling that evidence supported the driver’s claim that he left the ticket with the dispatcher, who said she didn’t recall the incident even though another driver had witnessed the driver turning in the ticket. The driver was reinstated to his job with full back pay and benefits.

Labor Quote
In Decline
“Draw one line on a graph charting the decline in union membership, then superimpose a second line charting the decline in middle-class income share, and you will find that the two lines are nearly identical.”
—Journalist Timothy Noah in his book, "The Great Divergence."

Labor Cartoon
Bob Vojtko

Steward Tip
Prior Records and Discipline
When handling cases where prior records can come into play, be careful to consider the following principles:
• Check for time limits on use of prior disciplinary actions.
• Bring good prior records to the attention of the employer and the arbitrator.
• Bear in mind that prior record is always a secondary reason for an employer to take action against a worker.
• Make sure that the prior disciplines were for the same or a similar offense.

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

Today in Labor History
May 30
The Ford Motor Company signs a "Technical Assistance" contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American workers who made the trip, including Walter Reuther, a tool and die maker who later was to become the UAW's president,  returned home with a different view of the duties and privileges of the industrial laborer - 1929
 

In what became known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police open fire on striking steelworkers at Republic Steel in South Chicago, killing ten and wounding more than 160 - 1937
 
The Ground Zero cleanup at the site of the World Trade Center is completed three months ahead of schedule due to the heroic efforts of more than 3,000 building tradesmen and women who had worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week for the previous eight months - 2002
 
May 31
The Johnstown Flood.  More than 2,200 die when a dam
holding back a private resort lake burst upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The resort was owned by wealthy industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.  Neither they nor any other members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club were found guilty of fault, despite the fact the group had created the lake out of an abandoned reservoir – 1889

Some 25,000 White autoworkers walk off the job at a Detroit Packard Motor Car Co. plant, heavily involved in wartime production, when three Black workers are promoted to work on a previously all-White assembly line.  The Black workers were relocated and the Whites returned - 1943


Rose Will Monroe, popularly known as Rosie the Riveter, dies in Clarksville, Ind.  During WWII she helped bring women into the labor force - 1997
 
June 01
The Ladies Federal Labor Union Number 2703, based in Illinois, was granted a charter from the American Federation of Labor. Women from a wide range of occupations were among the members, who ultimately were successful in coalescing women’s groups interested in suffrage, temperance, health, housing and child labor reform to win state legislation in these areas - 1888
 
Union Carpenters win a 25¢-per-day raise, bringing wages for a 9-hour day to $2.50 - 1898
 
Congress passes the Erdman Act, providing for voluntary mediation or arbitration of railroad disputes and prohibiting contracts that discriminate against union labor or release employers from legal liability for on-the-job injuries - 1898
 
Nearly 3,500 immigrant miners begin Clifton-Morenci, Ariz., copper strike - 1903
 
Some 12,500 longshoremen strike the Pacific coast, from San Diego to Bellingham, Wash. Demands included a closed shop and a wage increase to 55¢ an hour for handling general cargo - 1916
 

As many as 60,000 railroad shopmen strike to protest cuts in wages - 1922
 
Extinguishing the light of hope in the hearts and aspirations of workers around the world, the Mexican government abolishes siestas—a mid-afternoon nap and work break which lengthened the work day but got people through brutally hot summer days - 1944
 
Farm workers under the banner of the new United Farm Workers Organizing Committee strike at Texas’s La Casita Farms, demand $1.25 as a minimum hourly wage - 1966
 
Dakota Beef meatpackers win 7-hour sit-down strike over speed-ups, St. Paul, Minn. - 2000
 
General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The filing made the automaker the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection. It went on to recover thanks to massive help from the UAW and the federal government - 2009


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

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