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2019 Shop Steward/Utility Conference
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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 5/22/19
Posted On: May 22, 2019

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Wednesday May 22, 2019

From the Steward Update newsletter
Nursing Home Aide Gets Job Back in Abuse Case
The firing of a nursing assistant by a nursing home because of alleged abuse of a patient was overturned in a recent arbitration. An arbitrator ruled the evidence was inconclusive that the fired worker had been the nursing assistant who was shown on a blurred video recorded from a security camera. In addition, the worker had a good work record and the patient himself said the assistant always treated him well. The assistant was returned to the job with back pay.

Labor Quote
Commitment
"Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
—Natl. Football League coach Vince Lombardi

Labor Cartoon
Norman Jung

Steward Tip
Asking for Help
from Members
When asking for help from members, if at all possible, give people a choice of tasks. The person who hates calling members on the phone may not mind stuffing envelopes. The person who feels uncomfortable handing out leaflets may be great at writing a story for the newsletter. One person may want to be involved in decision-making and planning the event, another may just want to be told what to do.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

May 22
Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., for role in Pullman strike - 1895
 
While white locomotive firemen on the Georgia Railroad strike, Blacks who are hired as replacements are whipped and stoned—not by the union men, but by white citizens outraged that Blacks are being hired over Whites.  The Engineers union threatens to stop work because their members are being affected by the violence - 1909
 
Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gives federal workers a pension - 1920
 
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms: to bring “an end to poverty and racial injustice” in America - 1964


May 23
An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area. Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours, for the children - 1903
 

The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 strikers at the Electric Auto-Lite company of Toledo, Ohio, and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard. Two strikers died and more than 200 were injured. The battle began in the sixth week of what ultimately became a successful two-month fight for union recognition and higher pay. One guardsman told a Toledo Blade reporter: "Our high school graduation is... tonight and we were supposed to be getting our diplomas” – 1934

U.S. railroad strike starts, later crushed when President Truman threatens to draft strikers - 1946
 
The Granite Cutters Int’l Association of America merges with Tile, Marble, Terrazzo, Finishers & Shopmen, which five years later merged into the Carpenters - 1983
 
May 24

After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world” - 1883
 
Some 2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for 10 months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agree to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains - 1995


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

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