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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 5/9/18
Posted On: May 14, 2018

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Wednesday May 9, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
After Janus: What to Expect
The Janus Supreme Court case, just like the Wisconsin and Michigan so-called “right to work” laws, isn’t about freedom to choose—they are about taking away workers’ freedom to have a say and some power to improve our lives.
     Other articles in the upcoming issue include: How to Do Right by Someone Screwing Up at Their Job; Stewards' Guide to the New Tax Law; and a great summary of recent arbitration decisions!

Labor Quote
Bad Tides
“People talk about how a rising tide lifts all boats. For some people a rising tide is a very bad thing. For people who don’t have a boat and who are standing on their tip toes to keep their heads above water, a rising tide is not a welcome prospect.”
—Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

Labor Cartoon
Bob Vojtko

Steward Tip
Prior Records and Discipline
A worker’s prior record on the job can be a two-edged sword. If it’s bad, it can inflict serious, even fatal, employment wounds on someone who gets into new trouble on the job. But, if it’s good, it can be a much-welcome weapon that can be used to trim back an employer’s hope for disciplinary action. Logic tells us that a worker’s past record should have little impact on discipline decisions flowing from a new incident, but that’s not always the case. From an employer’s point of view, anything that can be found to support disciplinary action in arbitration is something worth trying. In the face of such tactics, then, unions have no choice but to take the opposite tack: be sure the arbitrator is aware of your member’s clean record.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
May 09
The first Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women was held on this date in New York City. Attendees included women of color, the wives and daughters of slaveholders, and women of low economic status - 1837

Japanese workers strike at Oahu, Hawaii’s Aiea Plantation, demanding the same pay as Portuguese and Puerto Rican workers. Ultimately 7,000 workers and their families remained out until August, when the strike was broken - 1909
 
Legendary Western Federation of Miners leader William “Big Bill” Haywood goes on trial for murder in the bombing death of former Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg, who had brutally suppressed the state’s miners. Haywood ultimately was declared innocent - 1907
 
Longshoremen’s strike to gain control of hiring leads to general work stoppage, San Francisco Bay area - 1934
 
Hollywood studio mogul Louis B. Mayer recognizes the Screen Actors Guild. SAG leaders reportedly were bluffing when they told Mayer that 99 percent of all actors would walk out the next morning unless he dealt with the union. Some 5,000 actors attended a victory gathering the following day at Hollywood Legion Stadium; a day later, SAG membership increased 400 percent - 1937
 
United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther and his wife May die in a plane crash as they travel to oversee construction of the union’s education and training facility at Black Lake, Mich. - 1971
 
Four thousand garment workers, mostly Hispanic, strike for union recognition at the Farah Manufacturing Co. in El Paso, Texas - 1972

(The Union Steward’s Guide, Spanish 3rd edition: This bound, 169-page compilation contains more than 130 articles from the Spanish language edition of Steward Update newsletter, read today by more than 80,000 stewards across North America. Chapter headings include A Union Steward’s Rules & Tools, Grievance Handling, Health and Safety Issues, Building Unity and Strength, and more—every article will develop skills and build confidence!)
 
May 10

Thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation’s first transcontinental railway line was finished by the joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines at Promontory Point, Utah - 1869
 
U.S. & Canadian workers form Western Labor Union. It favors industrial organization and independent labor party politics - 1898
 
A federal bankruptcy judge permits United Airlines to legally abandon responsibility for pensions covering 120,000 employees - 2005
 
May 11

Nationwide railway strike begins at Pullman, Ill. Nearly 260,000 railroad workers ultimately joined the strike to protest wage cuts by the Pullman Palace Car Co. - 1894

Seventeen crewmen on the iron ore freighter Henry Steinbrenner die when the ship, carrying nearly 7,000 tons of ore, sinks during a violent storm on Lake Erie. Another 16 crewmen survived - 1953


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

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