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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 12/19/18
Posted On: Dec 19, 2018

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Wednesday December 19, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
By the Numbers: Who's Doing Well and Who Isn't in Today's Economy
â–  The share of wealth owned by the top 0.1% is almost the same as the bottom 90%.
â–  The chief executives earn 312 times more than their average employee.
â–  In 2012, the top 10% of earners took home 50% of all income, the highest in the last 100 years.
â–  Taxes corporations pay provide about 10% of federal government revenue. In the 1950s, the taxes they paid provided 25%-33% of federal revenues.
â–  U.S. corporations are reportedly hiding $1.6 trillion in profits offshore.

Statistics compiled by Ken Margolies, a longtime labor educator at Cornell’s Worker Institute.

Labor Quote
Dignified Retirement
"A lifetime dedicated to hard work deserves a dignified retirement."
—Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

Labor Cartoon
Randy Glasbergen

Steward Tip
Effective Listening
Many members’ complaints may at first appear similar. But to every speaker, each issue is unique, with its own set of circumstances. Don’t jump to conclusions about what a worker who comes to you has to say. Filing a grievance based on your assumptions can wind up harming the person you are trying to help, and the union as well. To encourage open communication, convince the speaker that you hear and comprehend the message and respect his or her right to convey it.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

December 19
An explosion in the Darr Mine in Westmoreland Co., Pa., kills 239 coal miners. Seventy-one of the dead share a common grave in Olive Branch Cemetery. December 1907 was the worst month in U.S. coal mining history, with more than 3,000 dead - 1907

A 47-day strike at Greyhound Bus Lines ends with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union accepting a new contract containing deep cuts in wages and benefits. Striker Ray Phillips died during the strike, run over on a picket line by a scab Greyhound trainee - 1983
 
Twenty-six men and one woman are killed in the Wilberg Coal Mine Disaster near Orangeville, Utah. The disaster has been termed the worst coal mine fire in the state’s history. Federal mine safety officials issued 34 safety citations after the disaster but had inspected the mine only days before and declared it safe - 1984
 
December 20

Delegates to the AFL convention in Salt Lake City endorse a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote - 1899
 
The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive in Hawaii. By 1932 more than 100,000 Filipinos will be working in the fields - 1906
 
Thousands of workers began what was to be a 2-day strike of the New York City transit system over retirement, pension and wage issues. The strike violated the state’s Taylor Law; TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint was jailed for ten days and the union was fined $2.5 million - 2005


December 21
Powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the state were youngsters, many working for less than $1 per week - 1790
 
Supreme Court rules that picketing is unconstitutional. Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft declared that picketing was, in part, "an unlawful annoyance and hurtful nuisance..." - 1921


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

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