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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 11/7/18
Posted On: Nov 07, 2018

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Wednesday November 7, 2018

From the Steward Update Arbitration Reporter
Company Found Dishonest in Vacation Denial
A company wrongly denied a security officer’s request for vacation, ignoring a contract clause stating that employees were entitled to their desired vacation dates “insofar as reasonably possible” during times when fewer than four percent of officers were on vacation. Although fewer than two percent of the force was off on the requested dates, the employer wanted “all hands on deck” because it was facing a government review of its security practices. Instead of refusing the vacation request on that basis, however, the company deceitfully claimed the request was denied because the four percent quota had been filled. The arbitrator held that the company failed to act in good faith when it gave a dishonest reason for the denial. He ordered the company to begin granting all vacation requests whenever the four percent quota is not reached unless it provides a timely and honest reason for denial.

Labor Quote
Everyone Benefits From Unions
“If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.”
—Molly Ivins (1944-2007), American Newspaper Columnist

Labor Cartoon
Jack Corbett

Steward Tip
Equality
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), stewards and union officers have a protected legal status. This means that when engaged in representational activities, stewards and union officers are considered to be equals with management. Behavior that could otherwise result in discipline must be tolerated. The National Labor Relations Board describes the equality rule this way: The relationship at a grievance meeting is not a “master-servant” relationship but a relationship between company advocates on one side and union advocates on the other side, engaged as equal opposing parties in litigation.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

November 07
Some 1,300 building trades workers in eastern Massachusetts participated in a general strike on all military work in the area to protest the use of open-shop (a worksite in which union membership is not required as a condition of employment) builders. The strike held on for a week in the face of threats from the U.S. War Department - 1917
(In this expanded edition of Strike! you can read about labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years. Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view. Brecher also examines the ever-shifting roles and configurations of unions, from the Knights of Labor of the 1800s to the AFL-CIO of the 1990s.)
 
President Eisenhower’s use of the Taft-Hartley Act is upheld by the Supreme Court, breaking a 116-day steel strike - 1959
 
Lemuel Ricketts Boulware dies in Delray Beach, Fla., at age 95. As a GE vice president in the 1950s he created the policy known as Boulwarism, in which management decides what is "fair" and refuses to budge on anything during contract negotiations. IUE President Paul Jennings described the policy as "telling the workers what they are entitled to and then trying to shove it down their throats." - 1990
 
November 08

20,000 workers, Black and White, stage general strike in New Orleans, demanding union recognition and hour and wage gains - 1892
 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces plans for the Civil Works Administration to create four million additional jobs for the Depression-era unemployed. The workers ultimately laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or made substantial improvements to 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports (not to mention 250,000 outhouses still badly needed in rural America) - 1933
 
In one of the U.S. auto industry’s more embarrassing missteps over the last half-century, the Ford Motor Co. decides to name its new model the Edsel, after Henry Ford’s only son. Ford executives rejected 18,000 other potential names - 1956


November 09
Twenty people, including at least nine firefighters, are killed in Boston’s worst fire. It consumed 65 downtown acres and 776 buildings over 12 hours – 1872

Creation of Committee for Industrial Organization announced by eight unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor (in 1938 they formally break with the AFL and become the Congress of Industrial Organizations). The eight want more focus on organizing mass production industry workers - 1935
 
Philip Murray, first president of the United Steelworkers Organizing Committee, first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations for 12 years following the retirement of John L. Lewis, dies at age 66 - 1952


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

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