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We would like to welcome brother John Gist to IBEW local 659!
2019 Membership Developement Conference
Don M., Mark & Taneal N., Brian S., Jeff A. and Mike S.
Matt Halleman, Craig Woods, Paul Waddington, and Josh Montez
Leaving our Mark
Matt Halleman, EWEB, Journeyman Meterman
2019 Golf & Softball LU 125 Charity Tournament
Remodel is done... Come check it out!
2019 Linemans Rodeo with Jim Louder
Tom Lane Pre-Apprentice Overall 1st Place
Lineman's Rodeo 2019
Brandon Roberts receiving his $1000 bonus for joining IBEW
Justin Humphreys (Aptc Wireman) and Brandon Roberts (Jmn Wmn) talking their obligation.
Chris McPherson joined LU659 last fall and is appreciating the friendships and benefits of the Union
Thank you Ryan Smith racing for supporting our great Local! Ryan is a Journeyman Wireman, PEC.
2019 Local Union 659 Union Picnic and Bounce House Fun for the kids
Games for all ages
The littles just wanted to play in the hay.
Mom, look what I found!
More games
Horseshoe tournament
LU 659 Merchandise and Raffle Tent
Thank Lane County Unit for hosting a wonderful picnic
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Warren "Neel" Michael receiving his 50 year service pin
Lyle Johnson receiving his 50 year service pin
Stanley Wheeler receiving his 50 year service pin
Thank you LU 659 Picnic Sponsors
2019 Unit Conference attendees
2019 Shop Steward/Utility Conference
LU 659 members & Staff supporting our Brothers and Sisters at the City of Canyonville!

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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 7/10/19
Posted On: Jul 10, 2019

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Wednesday July 10, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
How to Fight Back against New
Duty of Fair Representation Rules
Late last year the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board in the United States ordered all its field offices to pursue charges against unions for “negligent behavior.”

Labor Quote
A Good Contract
"A good contract with a good union is good business."
John T. Dunlop; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1975-1976

Labor Cartoon
Vahan Shirvanian

Steward Tip
Grievance Facts Revealed
What can you do if you're in a grievance meeting with management and, surprise, your grievant reveals a fact that you didn’t know about? Call a caucus and find out what it’s about. Good interviewing in advance can help prevent this, but it happens to every steward at some point. When you meet with the worker before going into the grievance meeting, always ask, “Is there anything else that I should know?”
Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
July 10
Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights activist, born - 1875
 
Some 14,000 federal and state troops finally succeed in putting down the strike against the Pullman Palace Car Co., which had been peaceful until July 5, when federal troops intervened in Chicago, against the repeated protests of the governor and Chicago’s mayor. A total of 34 American Railway Union members were killed by troops over the course of the strike - 1894
 
A powerful explosion rips through the Rolling Mill coal mine in Johnstown, Pa., killing 112 miners, 83 of whom were immigrants from Poland and Slovakia - 1902
 
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce holds a mass meeting of more than 2,000 merchants to organize what was to become a frontal assault on union strength and the closed shop. The failure of wages to keep up with inflation after the 1906 earthquake had spurred multiple strikes in the city - 1916

 
Sidney Hillman dies at age 59. He led the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, was a key figure in the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and was a close advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt - 1946

July 11
Striking coal miners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, dynamite barracks housing Pinkerton management thugs - 1892
 

After seven years of labor by as many as 2,800 construction workers, the Triborough Bridge opens in New York.  Actually a complex of three bridges, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.  Construction began on Black Friday, 1929, and New Deal money turned it into one of the largest public works projects of the Great Depression - 1936
 
A nine-year strike begins at the Ohio Crankshaft Division of Park-Ohio Industries in Cleveland. Overcoming scabs, arrests and firings, UAW Local 91 members hung on and approved a contract in 1992 with the company—now under new management—that included company-funded health and retirement benefits, as well as pay increases – 1983
  
July 12

Bisbee, Ariz., deports Wobblies; 1,186 miners sent into desert in manure-laden boxcars. They had been fighting for improved safety and working conditions - 1917
 
The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff - 1933


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

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