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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
Grub is ready!!
what a spread
Come and get it
Yummy
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
Union camaraderie
Raffles
Thank you LU 659 Picnic Sponsors
2019 Unit Conference attendees
LU 659 Executive Board and Staff
Vicki Williamson retiring from LU 659.
2019 Shop Steward/Utility Conference
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 6/26/19
Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

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Wednesday June 26, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Know Your Members: Assessing the Bargaining Unit for Internal Organizing
To get a good contract, pass pro-labor legislation, support charities and community groups or just get one supervisor to stop harassing union members, unions need to do something called “mobilization” - a systematic effort to get members and others to act as a group in taking action.
     Also in this issue: How to Fight Back against New DFR Rules; 7 Habits of Highly Effective Stewards and Other Union Activists; and a selection of recent arbitration decisions!

Labor Quote
The Last Noble Protest
"The Labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.”
Wendell Phillips, American orator, abolitionist, 1871

Labor Cartoon
Jack Corbett

Steward Tip
Helping Injured Workers Make a Healthy Return
Workers in the US suffer literally millions of non-fatal injuries and illnesses every year.  Making matters worse, many of these men and women risk more serious ailments by returning to the job before they’re ready, often because of severe financial pressure, coercion by employers or intimidation by workers’ compensation insurance carriers.  It doesn’t have to be this way. You have the rightand responsibilityto bring unhealthful conditions to the attention of management, and demand appropriate action.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

This Week in Labor History
June 26
Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike - 1894
 
The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence Seaway opens, making the Great Lakes accessible to Atlantic shipping.  Thousands of laborers toiled for decades to make it happen; indirectly and directly, the Seaway today supports 75,000 jobs in Canada and 150,000 in the U.S. - 1959


June 27
Emma Goldman, women's rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 - 1869
 
The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. The Wobbly motto: "An injury to one is an injury to all." - 1905
 
Congress passes the National Labor Relations Act, creating the structure for collective bargaining in the United States - 1935
 
A 26-day strike of New York City hotels by 26,000 workers—the first such walkout in 50 years—ends with a 5-year contract calling for big wage and benefit gains - 1985
 
A.E. Staley locks out 763 workers in Decatur, Ill. The lockout was to last two and one-half years - 1993
 

June 28
Birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter - 1850
 
President Grover Cleveland signs legislation declaring Labor Day an official U.S. holiday - 1894
 
The federal government sues the Teamsters to force reforms on the union, the nation's largest. The following March, the government and the union sign a consent decree requiring direct election of the union's president and creation of an Independent Review Board - 1988


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

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