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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 2/13/19
Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

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Wednesday February 13, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Worker Regains Job Despite False Time card Offense
A bakery worker who submitted an incorrect time card had his discharge overturned and changed to a three-month suspension. Upon entry to work one day, the worker signed a time card on which he stated both his beginning time and expected ending time. Halfway through the shift, he was given permission by his supervisor to leave for a previously scheduled dental appointment; he neglected to change his time card and was terminated. The arbitrator ruled that there was no evidence that the worker had intentionally submitted the false time card. Because of two prior warnings and the fact the worker was guilty of negligent misconduct by signing his time card before ending work, the arbitrator ruled the worker warranted a three-month suspension under the progressive discipline policy.

Labor Quote
Poverty
"For millions of Americans, poverty isn’t caused by the inability to work or to find work. It’s caused by lousy pay."
—Sarita Gupta, Co-executive Director, Jobs With Justice.

Labor Cartoon
Paul Kales

Steward Tip
Prior Records and Discipline
While a worker’s past record offers no guarantees, good or bad, on what will happen if a case goes to arbitration, the following examples give a sense of how arbitrators may respond.
    A foreman was dismissed after a traffic accident. In arbitration the company said the termination was not just because of the accident, but because the foreman had violated a seat belt rule as well. The company hadn’t cited the seat belt issue at the time of termination, however. The arbitrator noted that the worker had a spotless accident record and no disciplines over 16 years on the job, the seat belt charge was inadmissible this late in the process, and the accident alone was not just cause. He ruled the discharge improper.
    A machinist was seen sleeping on the job and was fired. During the hearing, the company raised an earlier misconduct problem for which the machinist had been disciplined. The arbitrator ruled for the company, noting that the supervisors who testified against the worker had no reason to lie about what they saw and he had been warned and suspended earlier for sleeping on the job. The arbitrator said that the other misconduct did not weigh heavily in his final decision.

—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

February 13
A national eight-month strike by the Sons of Vulcan, a union of iron forgers, ends in victory when employers agreed to a wage scale based on the price of iron bars—the first time employers recognized the union, the first union contract in the iron and steel industry, and what may be the first union contract of any kind in the United States - 1865
 
Some 12,000 Hollywood writers returned to work today following a largely successful three-month strike against television and motion picture studios.  They won compensation for their TV and movie work that gets streamed on the Internet - 2008

(Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff is an encyclopedic guide to 350 labor films from around the world, ranging from those you’ve heard of—Salt of the Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Roger & Me—to those you’ve never heard of but will fall in love with once you see them. Fiction and nonfiction, the films are about unions, labor history, working-class life, political movements, and the struggle between labor and capital.)
 
February 14
Western Federation of Miners strike for 8-hour day - 1903
 

President Theodore Roosevelt creates the Department of Commerce and Labor. It was divided into two separate government departments ten years later - 1903
 
Jimmy Hoffa born in Brazil, Ind., son of a coal miner. Disappeared July 30, 1975, declared dead seven years later - 1913
 
Striking workers at Detroit’s newspapers, out since the previous July, offer to return to work. The offer is accepted five days later but the newspapers vow to retain some 1,200 scabs. A court ruling the following year ordered as many as 1,100 former strikers reinstated - 1996

February 15

Susan B. Anthony, suffragist, abolitionist, labor activist, born in Adams, Mass. "Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for Equal Work!" - 1820

U.S. legislators pass the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, providing funds for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, which funneled money to states plagued by Depression-era poverty and unemployment, and oversaw the subsequent distribution and relief efforts - 1934

The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) expels the Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers; the Food, Tobacco & Agricultural Workers; and the United Office & Professional Workers for “Communist tendencies.” Other unions expelled for the same reason (dates uncertain): Fur and Leather Workers, the Farm Equipment Union, the Int’l Longshoremen’s Union, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers - 1950


February 16
Leonora O’Reilly was born in New York. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she began working in a factory at 11, joined the Knights of Labor at 16, and was a volunteer investigator of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. She was a founding member of the Women’s Trade Union League - 1870

Diamond Mine disaster in Braidwood, Ill. The coal mine was on a marshy tract of land with no natural drainage. Snow melted and forced a collapse on the east side of the mine, killing 74 - 1883

Beginning of a 17-week general strike of 12,000 New York furriers, in which Jewish workers formed a coalition with Greek and African American workers and became the first union to win a 5-day, 40-hour week - 1926

Rubber Workers begin sit-down strike at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. - 1936

American Wire Weavers Protective Association merges with United Papermakers & Paperworkers - 1959

All public schools in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisc., are closed as teachers call in sick to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s plans to gut their collective bargaining rights - 2011


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

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