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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 2/6/19
Posted On: Feb 06, 2019

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Wednesday February 6, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
New Ways to Welcome New Workers
Remember your first day on the job? OK, if you can’t remember back that far, then imagine it. All those new faces and names. Bluffing your way through the first few days. It’s a rough time, but it’s also the steward’s prime time to build the union among workers who may not even know what a union is.

Labor Quote
New Deal
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."
—FDR, second inaugural address, January 20, 1937

Labor Cartoon
Bob Vojtko

Steward Tip
Writing up a Grievance
A good written grievance answers three simple questions: In most cases, each of the three questions can be answered with one sentence, so ideally the written grievance is just three sentences long.
1. What happened, or failed to happen? (the circumstances)
Make sure you use the date of the incident when you write a grievance, while still leaving room for expanding the grievance if it turns out violations occurred on other dates as well, and make sure you date the grievance on the day you submit it to management. The word unjustly is a good one to use in describing grievance situations.
2. Why is the situation a grievance? (the contention)
Ask yourself about the action: Did it violate the contract? Did it violate past practice? Did it violate a law? The phrase “and all other relevant articles of the contract” is a catch-all. It can be used if you later find that the action violated other sections or if you aren’t sure which sections apply.
3. How should the employer correct the situation? (the remedy)
Ask yourself what the worker would have now if this situation had never happened. “Be made whole” is another catch-all that can include everything due the workerand the unionthat you may not be aware of at the time you write the grievance.
    Experienced stewards look at the remedy in this more strategic way
as an opportunity to gain something more from management. But that actual negotiation takes place in the grievance meeting itself, not on paper.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

February 06
Ironworkers from six cities meet in Pittsburgh to form the Int’l Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America. Their pay in Pittsburgh at the time: $2.75 for a 9-hour day - 1896
 
Philadelphia shirtwaist makers vote to accept arbitration offer and end walkout as Triangle Shirtwaist strike winds down. One year later 146 workers, mostly young girls aged 13 to 23, were
to die in a devastating fire at Triangle’s New York City sweatshop - 1910

Seattle General Strike begins. The city was run by a General Strike Committee for six days as tens of thousands of union members stopped work in support of 32,000 striking longshoremen - 1919
 
February 07
Union miners in Cripple Creek, Colo., begin what is to become a five-month strike that started when mine owners cut wages to $2.50 a day, from $3.  The state militia was called out in support of the strikers—the only time in U.S. history that a militia was directed to side with the workers.  The strike ended in victory for the union - 1894

It took 1,231 firefighters 30 hours to put down The Great Baltimore Fire, which started on this day and 
destroyed 1,500 buildings over an area of some 140 acres - 1904
 
Hockey players formed the NHL Players Association in New York City after owners refuse to release pension plan financial information. The union was busted when owners transferred key activists, but it successfully re-formed ten years later – 1957

Thirteen workers are killed, 42 injured in a dust explosion at an Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia.  Investigators found that the company had been aware of dangers for years but had not acted on them - 2008

February 08
Vigilantes beat IWW organizers for exercising free-speech rights, San Diego - 1912
 
February 09
Wobbly activist Tom Mooney convicted in bombing frame-up orchestrated by Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was pardoned and released 22 years later - 1917
 
Congress approves legislation allowing for a total of $940 million to be used for Depression-era relief projects. $790 million of this money was intended to be used to fund work relief and flood recovery programs - 1937
 

U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy falsely charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. It seems that just about everyone else the Wisconsin senator didn’t like was a Communist as well, including scores of unionists. This was the beginning of "McCarthyism." He ultimately was officially condemned by the Senate and died of alcoholism - 1950
 
President Kennedy asks Congress to approve creation of the Medicare program, financed by an increase in Social Security taxes, to aid 14.2 million Americans aged 65 or older - 1961
 
Some 19,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers in Washington state and Oregon begin what is to become a 40-day strike over economic issues - 2000


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

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