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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 4/25/18
Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

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Wednesday April 25, 2018

From the Steward Update Arbitration Reporter
Multiple Charges Called “Double Jeopardy”
While a company was justified in issuing a verbal warning notice to a worker who smoked on the job, it was wrong to pile on five other offenses for the single incident. The addition of the extra charges resulted in an increase in disciplinary points. An arbitrator said the company’s actions amounted to “throwing the book” at the worker and said it amounted to “double jeopardy.”

Labor Quote

A. Philip Randolph
“At the banquet of nature, there are no reserved seats.  You get what you can take and you keep what you can hold.  If you can’t take anything, you won’t get anything.  And you can’t take anything without organization.”
—A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979), founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first successful black trade union in the U.S., and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Labor Cartoon
Debbie Wilson

Steward Tip
Confusion About Dues
Confusion about dues deductions can reflect an information vacuum in the workplace, an empty space that is always quickly filled up by gossip, rumors and employer propaganda. To counteract this, once a new contract is signed stewards should prepare a “talk sheet” – a list of points about the new contract. Each steward could use these points when approached by a co-worker. Having a consistent approach will help stifle rumors and management propaganda while the preparation of the sheets by a group of stewards will allow each of them to contribute unique responses to be shared by the group.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
April 25
The New York Times declares the struggle for an 8-hour workday to be “un-American” and calls public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declare that an eight-hour workday would bring about “loafing and gambling, rioting, debauchery and drunkenness” - 1886
 
IWW Marine Transport Workers begin West Coast strike - 1923
 

The Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and 100 others are arrested while picketing a Charleston, S.C., hospital in a demand for union recognition - 1969
 
Supreme Court rules that employers may not require female employees to make larger contributions to pension plans in order to obtain the same monthly benefits as men - 1978
 
April 26
The U.S. House of Representatives passes House Joint Resolution No. 184, a constitutional amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks later, but it was never ratified by the states and is still technically pending - 1924
 
On the orders of President Roosevelt, the U.S. Army seizes the Chicago headquarters of the unionized Montgomery Ward & Co. after management defies the National Labor Relations Board - 1944
 
April 27
First strike for 10-hour day, by Boston carpenters - 1825
 
James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity - 1911
 
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual perversion” as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants - 1953


A cooling tower for a power plant under construction in Willow Island, West Virginia collapses, killing 51 construction workers in what is thought to be the largest construction accident in U.S. history.  OSHA cited contractors for 20 violations, including failures to field test concrete.  The cases were settled for $85,000—about $1,700 per worker killed - 1978
—Compiled and edited by David Prosten.

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