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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 7/3/18
Posted On: Jul 03, 2018

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Tuesday July 3, 2018

Steward Update Special Edition: What to Expect After Janus
Workers might have lost this Supreme Court case, but we at UCS believe worker justice will ultimately prevail. For intel and encouragement in the battles ahead, read our Special Edition of Steward Update.
Click here to read the Steward Update Special Edition: What to Expect After Janus.

Labor Quote
No Standards
“There are very few occupations or industries where unions are strong enough where they can set standards. There are no standards being set, so companies can push down on wages for all workers, union and nonunion alike.”
—Lawrence Mishel, former president of the Economic Policy Institute, in the New York Times.

Labor Cartoon
Paul Kales

Steward Tip
Insubordination
Cases involving suspension or discharge for refusal to follow instructions – insubordination – can be especially difficult.  However, enough have been brought to arbitration that previous decisions provide some guidelines for how to best deal with this problem. Here are a couple.
•     Management must make orders clear and understandable. If, for example, an instruction was issued in a way it could not be properly heard, the discipline may have been unfair.
•     Orders should not be of such a nature as to be an affront, indignity or invasion of personal privacy. However, arbitrators will uphold body or locker searches when there is evidence of dishonesty, or drug and alcohol tests where such tests have been agreed to or are of long standing, or where the employer’s operation may be affected by improper behavior.  Public concern about use of drugs on the job has resulted in arbitrators looking at the issue as serious, so requirements to submit to such tests are more and more common.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
July 03
Children, employed in the silk mills in Paterson, N.J., go on strike for 11-hour day and 6-day week. A compromise settlement resulted in a 69-hour work week - 1835
 

Feminist and labor activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman born in Hartford, Conn. Her landmark study, "Women and Economics,” was radical: it called for the financial independence of women and urged a network of child care centers - 1860

July 04
Albert Parsons joins the Knights of Labor. He later became an anarchist and was one of the Haymarket martyrs - 1876
 
AFL dedicates its new Washington, D.C., headquarters building at 9th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW. The building, still standing, later became headquarters for the Plumbers and Pipefitters - 1916
 
Five newspaper boys from the Baltimore Evening Sun died when the steamer they were on, the Three Rivers, caught fire near Baltimore, Md. They are remembered every year at a West Baltimore cemetery, toasted by former staffers of the now-closed newspaper - 1924
 

With the Great Depression underway, some 1,320 delegates attended the founding convention of the Unemployed Councils of the U.S.A., organized by the U.S. Communist Party. They demanded passage of unemployment insurance and maternity benefit laws and opposed discrimination by race or sex - 1930
 
Two primary conventions of the United Nations' Int’l Labor Organization come into force: Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize - 1950
 
Building trades workers lay the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.  The WTC had been leveled by a terrorist attack three years earlier.  Nearly 3,000 died at the WTC and in other attacks in the eastern U.S. on the same day - 2004
 
July 05
During a strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company, which had drastically reduced wages, buildings constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago's Jackson Park were set ablaze, reducing seven to ashes - 1894

(In this expanded edition of Strike! you can read about labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years. Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view. Brecher also examines the ever-shifting roles and configurations of unions, from the Knights of Labor of the 1800s to the AFL-CIO of the 1990s. A new chapter, “Beyond One-Sided Class War,” looks at how modern protest movements, such as the Battle of Seattle and Occupy Wall Street, were ignited and considers the similarities between these challenges to authority and those of labor’s past.)
 
West Coast Longshoremen's Strike, Battle of Rincon Hill, San Francisco. Some 5,000 strikers fought
1,000 police, scabs and national guardsmen.  Two strikers were killed, 109 people injured. The incident, forever known as "Bloody Thursday," led to a general strike – 1934

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the National Labor Relations Act - 1935
 
Three firefighters, a state policeman and an employee of Doxol Gas in Kingman, Arizona are killed in a propane gas explosion. Eight more firefighters were to die of burns suffered in the event – 1973

Fourteen firefighters are killed battling the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain in Glenwood Springs, Colo. - 1994


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

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