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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 6/27/2018
Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

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Wednesday June 27, 2018

In the upcoming Steward Update newsletter
Picket Line Lessons from School Worker Fights
Just a few months in and 2018 has already earned its place in labor history. A major upswell in strike actions—most notably by public school teachers and employees—has taken North America by storm.
     Other articles in the upcoming issue include: Lessons from Wisconsin: After Seven Years of Union Busting, Workers Hard Put to Recover; Lessons from King’s Assassination Echo Today; What Janus Means for Unions in Canada; and a great summary of recent arbitration decisions!

Labor Quote
Working vs. Exercising vs. Working
"I don't have the desire to do exercise after standing for 15-16 hours. I just want to eat and sleep. The next day is the same thing all over again."
—Unnamed participant in a Massachusetts study about low-wage workers and health.

Labor Cartoon
Bob Vojtko

Steward Tip
A Steward’s Rights
Question: You get involved in a heated grievance meeting with the boss. In the middle of it, she says, “This meeting is over. Go back to work!” You continue to argue with her for several minutes. Are you subject to discipline for not immediately obeying her order?
Answer: No. The law provides for a short “cooling off” period immediately following a grievance meeting. Protection may be lost, however, if the steward ignores repeated orders to return to work.

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

Today in Labor History
June 27
Emma Goldman, women's rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 - 1869
 
The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. The Wobbly motto: "An injury to one is an injury to all." - 1905
 
Congress passes the National Labor Relations Act, creating the structure for collective bargaining in the United States - 1935
(The Labor Law Source Book: Texts of 20 Federal Labor Laws: A very handy collection that puts the full
texts of all the major U.S. labor laws into one book. Includes the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and 15 more. The full, actual language of each law is presented—without elaboration by the editor—and a helpful topic finder at the back of the book tells you which laws apply to basic concerns and classes of workers.)
 
A 26-day strike of New York City hotels by 26,000 workers—the first such walkout in 50 years—ends with a 5-year contract calling for big wage and benefit gains - 1985
 
A.E. Staley locks out 763 workers in Decatur, Ill. The lockout was to last two and one-half years - 1993
 

June 28
Birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter - 1850
 
President Grover Cleveland signs legislation declaring Labor Day an official U.S. holiday - 1894
 
The federal government sues the Teamsters to force reforms on the union, the nation's largest. The following March, the government and the union sign a consent decree requiring direct election of the union's president and creation of an Independent Review Board - 1988
 
June 29
What is to be a 7-day streetcar strike begins in Chicago after several workers are unfairly fired. Wrote the
police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs: "One of my men said he was at the corner of Halsted and Madison Streets, and although he could see fifty stones in the air, he couldn't tell where they were coming from." The strike was settled to the workers’ satisfaction - 1885
 
An executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the National Labor Relations Board.  A predecessor organization, the National Labor Board, established by the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act in 1933, had been struck down by the Supreme Court - 1934
 
IWW strikes Weyerhauser and other Idaho lumber camps - 1936
 
Jesus Pallares, founder of the 8,000-member coal miners union, Liga Obrera de Habla Espanola, is deported as an "undesirable alien." The union operated in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado - 1936
 
The Boilermaker and Blacksmith unions merge to become Int’l Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers - 1954

 
The newly-formed Jobs With Justice stages its first big support action, backing 3,000 picketing Eastern Airlines mechanics at Miami Airport - 1987
 
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in CWA v. Beck that, in a union security agreement, a union can collect as dues from non-members only that money necessary to perform its duties as a collective bargaining representative - 1988


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

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