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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 10/3/18
Posted On: Oct 03, 2018

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Wednesday October 3, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
California's Labor History Has Lessons For Today's Silicon Valley Economy
In his book From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement, author Fred Glass presents a usable, accessible history of the California labor movement, highlighting the lessons that have allowed union density and power to remain considerably higher in the Golden State than elsewhere in much of the country.

Labor Quote
The Fighting Joy
"The only people whose names are recorded in history are those who did something. The peaceful and indifferent are forgotten; they never know the fighting joy of living."
—Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, labor leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW-Wobblies).

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Steward Tip
The Reality of Being a Steward
The following are a few helpful tips about what to expect when you become a steward:
Chances are your contract has lots of tricky spots. Don’t expect to master it all at once – ask for help from other stewards and local union leaders.
As a steward, you’ll end up seeing people at their worst – when they’ve made bad mistakes and are in deep trouble. Try to understand and empathize with other people as much as you can.
People, being human, make mistakes. You may have to admit to making a few mistakes yourself. But don’t let a temporary setback discourage you from continuing the fight.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

October 03
The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. - 1932
 
The Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America is founded in Camden, N.J. It eventually merged with the Int’l Association of Machinists, in 1988 - 1933
 
Pacific Greyhound Lines bus drivers in seven western states begin what is to become a 3-week strike, eventually settling for a 10.5-percent raise - 1945
 
The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) is formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO's Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which in turn merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979, forming the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) - 1943
 

The United Auto Workers calls for a company-wide strike against Ford Motor Co., the first since Ford’s initial contract with the union 20 years earlier - 1961
 
Folk singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie ("This Land is Your Land", "Union Maid" and hundreds of others) dies of Huntington's disease in New York at the age of 55 - 1967
 
Baseball umpires strike for recognition of their newly-formed Major League Umpires Association, win after one day - 1970
 
October 04

Work begins on the carving of Mt. Rushmore, a task 400 craftsmen would eventually complete in 1941.  Despite the dangerous nature of the project, not one worker died - 1927
 
President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize oil refineries, breaking a 20-state post-war strike - 1945
 
The United Mine Workers of America votes to re-affiliate with the AFL-CIO after years of on-and-off conflict with the federation. In 2009 the union’s leader, Richard Trumka, becomes AFL-CIO President - 1961
 
Distillery, Wine & Allied Workers Int’l Union merges with United Food & Commercial Workers Int’l Union - 1995 


October 05
A strike by set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, Calif., when scabs try to cross the picket line. The incident is still identified as "Hollywood Black Friday" and "The Battle of Burbank" - 1945
 
The UAW ends a 3-week strike against Ford Motor Co. when the company agrees to a contract that includes more vacation days and better retirement and unemployment benefits - 1976
 
Polish Solidarity union founder Lech Walesa wins the Nobel Peace Prize - 1983
 
Some 2,100 supermarket janitors in California, mostly from Mexico, win a $22.4 million settlement over unpaid overtime. Many said they worked 70 or more hours a week, often seven nights a week from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Cleaner Jesus Lopez told the New York Times he only had three days off in five years - 2004


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

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