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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 3/28/18
Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

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Wednesday March 28, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Alternative Approaches to Discipline
Sometimes a worker is guilty as charged and even the greatest steward in the world can’t prove otherwise. But if the steward has good negotiating skills, the worker in question has an otherwise clean record, and the employer is reasonable, it still may be possible to help.

Labor Quote
Union Membership
"Union membership numbers aren’t a popularity poll, nor a reflection of a declining need for unions—just a sad reflection of how incredibly difficult it is for workers to form unions in our modern corporate environment."
—AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler

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Paul Kales

Steward Tip
Insubordination
Cases involving suspension or discharge for refusal to follow instructions—insubordination—can be especially difficult.  However, enough have been brought to arbitration that previous decisions provide some guidelines for how to best deal with this problem. Here are a couple:
•   As a general rule, if repeated failure of a worker to follow instructions causes harm to others, or interrupts production of goods and services basic to the employer’s operation, the discipline is likely to be upheld.  Still, the employer must follow due process and regular, agreed-upon steps when disciplining.
•   Even when there’s no question the worker screwed up, a steward will still want to consider whether the punishment was excessive.  The union will want to urge that a worker’s previous years of loyal, effective service be taken into account.  Is the employer inconsistent in applying standards of behavior?  Asking for lighter punishment in specific cases is the standard system for handling borderline cases involving good employees.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
March 28 
Members of Gas House Workers’ Union Local 18799 begin what is to become a 4-month recognition strike against the Laclede Gas Light Co. in St. Louis. The union later said the strike was the first ever against a public utility in the U.S. - 1935

Martin Luther King, Jr., leads a march of striking sanitation workers, members of AFSCME Local 1733, in Memphis, Tenn. Violence during the march persuades him to return the following week to Memphis, where he was assassinated – 1968

March 29 
Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a day - 1852

Sam Walton, founder of the huge and bitterly anti-union Walmart empire, born in Kingfisher, Okla. He once said that his priority was to “Buy American,” but Walmart is now the largest U.S. importer of foreign-made goods—often produced under sweatshop conditions - 1918 


“Battle of Wall Street,” police charge members of the United Financial Employees’ Union, striking against the New York Stock Exchange and New York Curb Exchange (now known as the American Stock Exchange).  Forty-three workers are arrested in what was to be the first and only strike in the history of either exchange - 1948

National Maritime Union of America merges with National Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association - 1988

March 30 
Chicago stockyard workers win 8-hour day - 1918 

At the height of the Great Depression, 35,000 unemployed march in New York’s Union Square. Police beat many demonstrators, injuring 100 - 1930

The federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act is enacted - 1970 


Harry Bridges, Australian-born dock union leader, dies at age 88. He helped form and lead the Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for 40 years. A Bridges quote: “The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’” – 1990

Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild announce that the membership has voted to merge with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, creating the 150,000-member SAG-AFTRA - 2012


—Compiled and edited by David Prosten.

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