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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 3/6/19
Posted On: Mar 06, 2019

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Wednesday March 6, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
No Contracting-out While Workers on Layoff
When nine bargaining unit workers were on layoff in the summer of 2017, a sanitary district hired contract workers to perform their duties, claiming it had a right to do so under a contract clause that permitted hiring contractors for up to 120 days. An arbitrator ruled the action clearly violated a long-time contract clause that prohibited hiring outside workers while unit workers were on layoff, except under extraordinary circumstances caused by such factors as floods, wind storms, etc. None of those conditions existed. He ordered the practice to cease and that laid-off workers be made whole for any loss of income.

Labor Quote
Einstein was Smart Enough
"I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and also, generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field."
—Albert Einstein, charter member AFT Local 552, Princeton University

Labor Cartoon
Scott Masear

Steward Tip

Discipline for Safety Violations
Remember the following principles when one of your co-workers has an accident:

•  Where the record of the individual shows an overwhelming inclination to be involved in an accident or injury, you may not succeed in getting the penalty reduced.

•  The employer always has a responsibility to investigate the details of incidents before disciplining a worker.

•  The employer has an obligation to follow due process: warning, suspension, and lastly, discharge. That is, unless the rules call for immediate discharge for a safety violation.

•  The employee must be found to be clearly responsible for the incident in order to justify dismissal.

•  Make sure you are aware of the rule involved in justifying the discipline, and find out whether the worker was aware of it.

•  Long-service employees with overall good records will be treated more kindly than short-timers.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

March 06
The Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, a union of mariners, fishermen and boatmen working aboard U.S. flag vessels, is founded in San Francisco - 1885
 
The Knights of Labor picket to protest the practices of the Southwestern Railroad system, and the company's chief, high-flying Wall Street financier Jay Gould. Some 9,000 workers walked off the job, halting service on 5,000 miles of track. The workers held out for two months, many suffering from hunger, before they finally returned to work - 1886

 
Joe Hill’s song “There is Power in a Union” appears in Little Red Song Book, published by the Wobblies - 1913
 
With the Great Depression underway, hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers demonstrated in some 30 cities and towns; close to 100,000 filled Union Square in New York City and were attacked by mounted police - 1930
 
Int’l Brotherhood of Paper Makers merges with United Paperworkers of America to become United Papermakers & Paperworkers - 1957
 
The federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act is enacted - 1970
 
Predominantly young workers at a Lordstown, Ohio, GM assembly plant stage a wildcat strike, largely 
in objection to the grueling work pace: at 101.6 cars per hour, their assembly line was believed to be the fastest in the world - 1972
 
President Jimmy Carter invoked the Taft-Hartley law to halt the 1977-78 national contract strike by the United Mine Workers of America. The order was ignored and Carter did little to enforce it. A settlement was reached in late March - 1978
 
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the nation’s unemployment rate soared to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession - 2009 

March 07
Some 6,000 shoemakers, joined by about 20,000 other workers, strike in Lynn, Mass. They won raises, but not recognition of their union - 1860
 

Three thousand unemployed auto workers, led by the Communist Party of America, braved the cold in Dearborn, Mich., to demand jobs and relief from Henry Ford. The marchers got too close to the gate and were gassed. After re-grouping, they were sprayed with water and shot at. Four men died immediately; 60 were wounded - 1932
 
Steel Workers Organizing Committee—soon to become the United Steel Workers—signs its first-ever contract, with Carnegie-Illinois, for $5 a day in wages, benefits - 1937
 
IWW founder and labor organizer Lucy Parsons dies - 1942
 
Hollywood writers represented by the Writers Guild of America strike against 200 television and movie studios over residuals payments and creative rights. The successful strike lasted 150 days, one of the longest in industry history - 1988
 
Musicians strike Broadway musicals and shows go dark when actors and stagehands honor picket lines. The strike was resolved after four days - 2003
 
March 08

Thousands of New York needle trades workers demonstrate for higher wages, shorter workday, and end to child labor. The demonstration became the basis for International Women’s Day - 1908
 
Three explosions at a Utah Fuel Co. mine in Castle Gate, Utah, kill 171. Fifty of the fatalities were native-born Greeks, 25 were Italians, 32 English or Scots, 12 Welsh, four Japanese, and three Austrians (or South Slavs). The youngest victim was 15; the oldest, 73 - 1924
 
New York members of the Fur and Leather Workers Union, many of them women, strike for better pay and conditions. They persevere despite beatings by police, winning a 10-percent wage increase and five-day work week - 1926
 
The Norris-LaGuardia Anti-Injunction Act took effect on this day. It limits the ability of federal judges to issue injunctions against workers and unions involved in labor disputes - 1932
 
César Chávez leads 5,000 striking farmworkers on a march through the streets of Salinas, Calif. - 1979


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

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