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Sleeping quarters for the 23 LU 659 LCTT members working on the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.
Wright Tree Service sent 23 LU 659 LCTT members plus one GF down to Paradise to work the Camp Fire
EWEB crews on their way to help restore and rebuild the electric system in northern California.
NV Energy door knocking "Vote NO on 3"
John O'Rourke, President of NV Energy, Gilbert Baker, Mathew McEntire, Lonnie Stephenson & Liz Schul
Chris Ford, Randy Campos and Craig Daly being sworn in @ the Medford Unit Meeting
Luke Moran
Eugene Utility Career Fair
Aaron Eisele, Brandon Eddie and Chris Valentine
Kameron Foglio and a student
Sub Apprentice, Ross A. and Kevin B.
Ed Walley with SUB
Contestant Jesse Livingston @ the Western States Electrical Contest
2018 Unit Conference
Jeff Brown, Mike Scarminach, Robert Atkinson and Kathy Joy
Dan Parrish, Anthony Adkinson, Matt Eilenberger and Craig Woods
Gordon Lafer, LERC Instructor
Discussed ALEC, Janus and Right to Work
2018 Lineman's Rodeo Opening Ceremony

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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 12/12/18
Posted On: Dec 17, 2018

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Wednesday December 12, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Talking Right-To-Work With Non-Union Workers
Union members and their allies in Missouri beat back an effort to establish so-called right-to-work in their state in August. The author reflects on how he talked with voters about opposing anti-union policies when most don’t have unions.

Labor Quote
Awaken
Workers of the World awaken
Break your chains, demand your rights.
All the wealth you make is taken
by exploiting parasites.
—From Workers of the World Awaken, words & music by Joe Hill.

Labor Cartoon
H. L. Schwadron

Steward Tip
Effective Listening
People’s brains process thoughts approximately four times faster than they do the spoken word. It’s very easy to skip ahead in a conversation, using your assumptions and extraneous thoughts to fill in for what has yet to be spoken. Don’t run away with your thoughts. If you slow down and resist the urge for quick analysis, you will be better focused on what is actually said, and better able to respond appropriately and knowledgeably. Take the time to get the full story. It’s a good idea to wait until the speaker is done before responding. That way, you’ll be acting on the maximum amount of information, while validating the speaker’s right to unimpeded communication.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

December 12
A U.S. immigration sweep of six Swift meat plants results in arrests of nearly 1,300 undocumented workers - 2006
 
December 13
Death in San Antonio, Texas, of Samuel Gompers, president and founder of the American Federation of Labor - 1924

December 14
Some 33,000 striking members of the Machinists end a 69-day walkout at Boeing after winning pay and benefit increases and protections against subcontracting some of their work overseas - 1995
 
December 15
AFL convention passes a 1¢ per capita assessment to aid the organization of women workers (Exact date uncertain) - 1913
 
The Kansas National Guard is called out to subdue from 2,000 to 6,000 protesting women who
were going from mine to mine attacking non-striking miners in the Pittsburg coal fields. The women made headlines across the state and the nation: they were christened the "Amazon Army" by the New York Times - 1921
 
Eight days after the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, the AFL pledges that there will be no strikes in defense-related plants for the duration of World War II - 1941
 
Meeting in its biennial convention, the AFL-CIO declares “unstinting support” for “measures the Administration might deem necessary to halt Communist aggression and secure a just and lasting peace” in Vietnam - 1967
 
The U.S. Age Discrimination in Employment Act becomes law. It bars employment discrimination against anyone aged 40 or older - 1967
 

California's longest nurses’ strike ended after workers at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and Pinole approved a new contract with Tenet Healthcare Corp., ending a 13-month walkout - 2003
 
Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers union organizer Clinton Jencks, who led New Mexico zinc miners in the strike depicted in the classic 1954 movie Salt of the Earth, dies of natural causes in San Diego at age 87 - 2005


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

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