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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 8/1/18
Posted On: Aug 01, 2018

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Wednesday August 1, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Contract Takes Precedent Over City's Budget Crunch
Overriding 40 years of past practice, a fire chief changed a policy that provided that a minimum of two firefighters be called back from off-duty whenever one of the city’s three fire stations was vacated because its crew was out on a call. The chief said budget considerations prompted a decision to “brown out” a station (meaning, leaving it unstaffed) whenever its crew was busy. An arbitrator said the action violated the clear meaning of the contract and many years of past practice, stating that while he was sympathetic with the city’s financial issues, the budget issue did not outweigh the contract. He ordered the practice to cease, but denied a back pay award because it was raised too late in the grievance procedure.

Labor Quote
Now, More Than Ever
"Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action."
—A. Philip Randolph, Labor and Civil Rights leader

Labor Cartoon
H.L. Schwadron

Steward Tip
Mobilize Your Members
Small-scale worker mobilizations are a perfect opportunity to recruit new members in situations in which union membership is not a requirement of employment. Involving workers in union struggles around issues they care about is one of the best ways to sign up new people. Explain that the union strength comes from a large and involved membership. The more members we have, and the more involved they are, the stronger the union will be – and the better able to win on the issue at hand.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

August 01
After organizing a strike of metal miners against the Anaconda Company, Wobbly organizer Frank Little is dragged by six masked men from his Butte, Mont., hotel room and hung from the Milwaukee Railroad trestle. Years later writer Dashiell Hammett would recall his early days as a Pinkerton detective agency operative and recount how a mine company representative offered him $5,000 to kill Little. Hammett says he quit the business that night - 1917
 
Sid Hatfield, police chief of Matewan, W. Va., a longtime supporter of the United Mine Workers union, is murdered by company goons. This soon led to the Battle of Blair Mountain, a labor uprising also referred to as the Red Neck War - 1921
 
Police in Hilo, Hawaii, open fire on 200 demonstrators supporting striking waterfront workers. The attack
became known as "the Hilo Massacre" - 1938
 
A 17-day, company-instigated wildcat strike in Philadelphia tries to bar eight African-American trolley operators from working. Transport Workers Union members stay on the job in support of the men - 1944
 
Government & Civic Employees Organizing Committee merges into State, County & Municipal Employees - 1956
 
Window Glass Cutters League of America merges with Glass Bottle Blowers - 1975
 
Ten-month strike against Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel wins agreement guaranteeing defined-benefit pensions for 4,500 Steelworkers - 1997
 
California School Employees Association affiliates with AFL-CIO - 2001
 
August 02

The first General Strike in Canadian history is held in Vancouver, organized as a 1-day political protest against the killing of draft evader and labor activist Albert “Ginger” Goodwin, who had called for a general strike in the event that any worker was drafted against his will - 1918
 
Hatch Act is passed, limiting political activity of executive branch employees of the federal government - 1939
 

August 03
Uriah Smith Stephens born in Cape May, N.J.  A tailor by trade, in 1869 he led nine Philadelphia garment workers to found the Knights of Labor - 1821
 
Fighting breaks out when sheriff’s deputies attempt to arrest Wobbly leader Richie “Blackie” Ford as he addressed striking field workers at the Durst Ranch in Wheatland, Calif.  Four persons died, including the local district attorney, a deputy and two workers.  Despite the lack of evidence against them, Ford and another strike leader were found guilty of murder by a 12-member jury that included eight farmers - 1913
 
Florence Reece dies in Knoxville, Tenn., at 86. She was a Mine Workers union activist and author of
Which Side Are You On?, written after her home was ransacked by Harlan County sheriff J.H. Blair and his thugs during a 1931 strike - 1986
 
Some 15,000 air traffic controllers strike. President Reagan threatens to fire any who do not return to work within 48 hours, saying they "have forfeited their jobs" if they do not. Most stay out, and are fired August 5 - 1981



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

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