Site Map Icon
RSS Feed icon
 
 
 
August 19, 2017
STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 7/19/17
Posted On: Jul 19, 2017

View this email in your browser

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In the current Steward Update newsletter
New Worker Protections
On May 15, New York City implemented first-in-the-US protections for freelance workers—an exciting step forward for workers not covered by collective bargaining agreements or traditional employment law, which leaves them vulnerable to abuse, including wage theft.

Labor Quote
No Struggle, No Progress
"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both."
—Frederick Douglass, social reformer, orator, abolitionist, writer, and statesman.

Labor Cartoon
H.L. Schwadron

Steward Tip

Empathy and Support for New Stewards
Put yourself in a new steward’s shoes. Remember what it was like when you had to handle your first grievance. You were probably nervous, self-conscious, unsure of yourself, and afraid of blowing the case for the member who’d come to you for help. Support new stewards with encouragement, positive comments about their commitment to the union and their efforts to help others. Acknowledge the skills they’ve already developed and assure them they’ll continue to learn and grow.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
July 19
Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y.  Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women's Rights and call for women's suffrage - 1848
 
An amendment to the 1939 Hatch Act, a federal law whose main provision prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity, is amended to also cover state and local employees whose salaries include any federal funds - 1940 
 
July 20
New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin a 2-week strike. Several rallies drew more than 5,000 newsboys, complete with charismatic speeches by strike leader Kid Blink, who was blind in one eye. The boys had to pay publishers up front for the newspapers; they were successful in forcing the publishers to buy back unsold papers - 1899

(Kids at Work: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine—who himself died in poverty in 1940—did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)
 

Two killed, 67 wounded in Minneapolis truckers' strike—"Bloody Friday" - 1934
 
Postal unions, Postal Service sign first labor contract in the history of the federal government—the year following an unauthorized strike by 200,000 postal workers - 1971
 
July 21
Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers "a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread." - 1877
 
Compressed air explosion kills 20 workers constructing railroad tunnel under the Hudson River - 1880
 
IWW leads a strike at Hodgeman's Blueberry Farm in Grand Junction, Mich. - 1964
 

Radio station WCFL, owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor, takes to the airwaves with two hours of music. The first and only labor-owned radio station in the country, WCFL was sold in 1979 - 1926
 
A die-cast operator in Jackson, Mich., is pinned by a hydraulic Unimate robot, dies five days later. Incident is the first documented case in the U.S. of a robot killing a human - 1984



—Compiled and edited by David Prosten.

Steward Update Weekly is brought to you by your union and Union Communication Services—Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, publisher of the Steward Update print edition newsletter, which provides union stewards with helpful information and advice. We hope the Steward Update Weekly will be a helpful tool in your important work as a steward for your union; if you have questions or suggestions on how the Weekly can be more useful, please email us at ucs@unionist.com.

Copyright © 2017 Union Communication Services—Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are a current subscriber to the Steward Update newsletter.

Our mailing address is:

Union Communication Services—Worker Institute at Cornell ILR

36 W. Main St., Suite 440

Rochester, NY 14614


Add us to your address book


 
 
IBEW Local 659
Copyright © 2017, All Rights Reserved.
Powered By UnionActive™

234264 hits since Dec 29, 2008
Visit Unions-America.com!

Top of Page image