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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 3/14/18
Posted On: Mar 14, 2018

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Wednesday March 14, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
U.S. Supreme Court Case: A Threat to Workers and Communities
Unions are all abuzz with talk about the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME. I know it all sounds so dry and bureaucratic. But take a closer look and you will see that Janus, which pits a single state employee — backed by anti-union groups — against a public workers union, threatens countless Americans.

Labor Quote
No Time!
"Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that."
—George Carlin, comedian, actor, social critic and author.

Labor Cartoon
Ken Benner

Steward Tip
Assertive Grievance Presentation
One of the most frustrating experiences you can have as a steward is to meet with management over a good grievance, even a very strong grievance, something really important to the members – yet management barely listens, let alone settles. Maybe the problem isn’t in the strength of your grievance, but in your presentation. So, what does a good presentation sound like? Here are three basic steps. Not only will they work in grievance presentation, but in everyday life as well.
• Make a simple but specific and factual statement of the issue.
• Firmly say how you feel about the issue and why.
• Say specifically what you want done about the issue.
The goal is to be factual, direct and forceful:  know what you want and get across to management in an understandable, serious way what you want to see accomplished.

—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
March 14
Fabled railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones born in southeast Missouri. A member of the Railroad Engineers, he was the sole fatality in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., on April 29, 1900. His skill and heroics prevented many more deaths - 1863

Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12 and a half hours to 93 minutes.  Goodbye, craftsmanship.  Hello, drudgery - 1914
 

The movie Salt of the Earth opens. The classic film centers on a long and difficult strike led by Mexican-American and Anglo zinc miners in New Mexico. Real miners perform in the film, in which the miners’ wives—as they did in real life—take to the picket lines after the strikers are enjoined - 1954
 
March 15
Official formation of the Painters Int’l Union - 1887
 
Supreme Court approves 8-Hour Act under threat of a national railway strike - 1917
 
Bituminous coal miners begin nationwide strike, demanding adoption of a pension plan - 1948
 
The Wall Street Journal begins a series alleging insider stock deals at the union-owned Union Labor Life Insurance Co. (ULLICO). After three years a settlement was reached with Robert Georgine, a building trades leader serving as ULLICO president and CEO, requiring him to repay about $2.6 million in profits from the sale of ULLICO stock, forfeit $10 million in compensation and make other payments worth about $4.4 million. All but two of the company’s directors were said to have profited from the deals - 2002

March 16
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and, later, other education workers in the city - 1960
 
March 17
The leadership of the American Federation of Labor selects the Carpenters union to lead the 8-hour movement. Carpenters throughout the country strike in April; by May 1, some 46,000 carpenters in 137 cities and towns have achieved shorter hours - 1890
 
A U.S.-China treaty prevents Chinese laborers from entering the U.S. - 1894
 

Staffers at San Francisco progressive rock station KMPX-FM strike, citing corporate control over what music is played and harassment over hair and clothing styles, among other things. The Rolling Stones, Joan Baez, the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and other musicians request that the station not play their music as long as the station is run by strikebreakers - 1968
 
Boeing Co. and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) come to terms on a new contract, settling the largest white-collar walkout in U.S. history.  SPEEA represented some 22,000 workers, of whom 19,000 honored picket lines for 40 days - 2000


—Compiled and edited by David Prosten.

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