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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 7/25/18
Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

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Wednesday July 25, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Lessons from King’s Assassination Echo Today
In early April, 2018, unionists and activists flocked to Memphis, Tennessee to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to celebrate the remarkable legacy he left us.

Labor Quote
On the Way Down
“Twenty-four years ago, a middle class American family was making more than a middle class family was making one year ago.”
—Washington Post columnist Neal Irwin, citing Census Bureau figures, commenting on how real wages have fallen over the past two-plus decades.

Labor Cartoon
Steve Magnuson

Steward Tip
Lying to Cover Up Dishonesty
Some points to keep in mind when handling disciplines that flow from charges of lying:
  Lying can alone be sufficient to warrant discharge or suspension, especially if there’s a rule that the employer can quote.  Make sure that you check the employer’s rule book on how it treats lying or fabrication.
•  Some acts that resulted in lying may be of such a petty nature that the arbitrator is willing to reduce the penalty.  Make sure you determine whether the lie had a serious impact upon the business.
•  Using sick, funeral, or personal leave for some purpose and then lying about why you took the time off can lead to problems. Make sure that your co-workers are aware of the need to be honest about why they took time off.
•  Workers who cover up for other employees may themselves be subject to suspension or discharge, especially if the dishonest act is a serious one.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
July 25
Workers stage a general strike—believed to be the nation’s first—in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people in skirmishes around the city - 1877
 
New York garment workers win closed shop and firing of scabs after 7-month strike – 1890

(No Contract, No Peace: A Legal Guide to Contract Campaigns, Strikes, and Lockouts: This book is a must-have for any union or activist considering aggressive action to combat management’s growing economic war against workers. No Contract, No Peace! references recent union activities and NLRB decisions that have affected the labor relations environment. Schwartz’s familiarity with labor and employment law combines with his activist spirit to provide innovative yet practical tips for mounting and maintaining meaningful campaigns designed to build union and workers’ power.)

Fifteen “living dead women” testify before the Illinois Industrial Commission.  They were “Radium Girls,” women who died prematurely after working at clock and watch factories, where they were told to wet small paintbrushes in their mouths so they could dip them in radium to paint dials.  A Geiger counter passed over graves in a cemetery near Ottawa, Illinois still registers the presence of radium - 1937
 
The Teamsters and Service Employees unions break from the AFL-CIO during the federation's 50th convention to begin the Change to Win coalition, ultimately comprised of seven unions (4 by 2011: SEIU, Teamsters, UFCW and the UFW). They say they want more emphasis on organizing and less on electoral politics - 2005
 

July 26
In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the "Battle of the Viaduct" during the Great Railroad Strike - 1877
 
President Grover Cleveland appoints a United States Strike Committee to investigate the causes of the Pullman strike and the subsequent strike by the American Railway Union. Later that year the commission issues its report, absolving the strikers and blaming Pullman and the railroads for the conflict - 1894
 
Battle of Mucklow, W.Va., in coal strike. An estimated 100,000 shots were fired; 12 miners and four guards were killed - 1912
 
President Truman issues Executive Order 9981, directing equality of opportunity in armed forces - 1948
 

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect today. It requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities and bans discrimination against such workers - 1992
 
July 27
William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, died - 1869


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

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