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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 1/16/19
Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

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Wednesday January 16, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Worker's Firing for Safety Violation is Overturned
While a utility company had the right to discipline a line serviceman for not wearing a fire retardant shirt, an arbitrator ruled that discharge was too stiff a penalty; instead, he ordered the offense reduced to a five day suspension. The worker had 37 years of service and while he had five previous minor disciplinary actions on his record, he had never before been charged with a safety violation. The incident occurred on an extremely hot and humid day and the worker had removed an outer shirt while clearing brush and trees, fearing heat exhaustion, to which he was susceptible. The company safety coordinator noticed the violation, causing him to be fired even though the worker was wearing fire retardant pants and undershirt. The arbitrator noted that other workers had not been fired for failure to wear the clothing. Since the worker was aware of the strict company rule to wear such clothing, the arbitrator noted a discipline of a five-day suspension was appropriate.

Labor Quote
MLK
“Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Labor Cartoon
Scott Masear

Steward Tip
Inform, Don’t Instruct, When Advising Workers in Trouble
When a member is in trouble, inform the member of his or her rights, the contract language, and the possible consequences of his or her actions. Do not tell your member what to do, only he or she can decide that. Your job is to tell him or her what the rules (or contract language) say about his or her situation and the consequences of his or her actions. Good advice informs and explains, it doesn’t direct.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

January 16
The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect - 1883
 

Thousands of Palmer Raids detainees win right to meet with lawyers and attorney representation at deportation hearings. "Palmer" was Alexander Mitchell Palmer, U.S. attorney general under Woodrow Wilson. Palmer believed Communism was "eating its way into the homes of the American workman," and Socialists were causing most of the country's social problems - 1920
 
Former UAW President Leonard Woodcock dies in Ann Arbor, Mich., at age 89. He had succeeded Walter Reuther and led the union from 1970 to 1977 - 2001
 
January 17

Radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons leads hunger march in Chicago; IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin wrote "Solidarity Forever" for the march - 1915
 
President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, guaranteeing federal workers the right to join unions and bargain collectively - 1962

January 18
U.S. Supreme Court rules in Moyer v. Peabody that a governor and officers of a state National Guard may imprison anyone—in the case at hand, striking miners in Colorado—without probable cause “in a time of insurrection” and deny the person the right of appeal - 1909
 

"Take This Job and Shove It," by Johnny Paycheck, is listed by Billboard magazine as the most popular song in the U.S. - 1978
(Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.)


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

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