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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 9/5/18
Posted On: Sep 05, 2018

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Wednesday September 5, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Five Ideas for Positivity in Your Relationship with Your Supervisor
1. Right is right, no matter where you find it!
2. Treat each other as teammates/partners trying to solve the same problem.
3. You are equal.
4. Smiles, yes. Frowns, no.
5. Be nice.

Labor Quote
Two Classes
“There are two classes in society, one incessantly striving to obtain the labor of the other class for as little as possible.”
—Samuel Gompers, Cigar maker, Founder and 1st President of the American Federation of Labor

Labor Cartoon
Bob Vojtko

Steward Tip
Dealing with Constant Critics: Bummed Out on Life
One type of critic is the kind who’s also negative about everything else in life. Such a person is an expert at making clouds appear in blue, sunny skies. While his or her negativism is annoying, it is also relatively harmless. Because complaining is his chief activity, this critic takes no direct action to undermine the union. A negative person does not attract followers, and usually is a loner. Be realistic about what you can achieve with such a person. Give him a friendly ear, point out the positive and suggest ways for him to get involved.  But don’t be surprised if you don’t make headway – this kind of person just needs to complain.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

September 05
Between 20,000 and 30,000 marchers participate in New York's first Labor Day parade, demanding the 8-hour day - 1882
 

"Palmer raids" on all Wobbly halls and offices in 48 cities in U.S.  Alexander Palmer, U.S. Attorney General, was rounding up radicals and leftists - 1917
 
Ten thousand angry textile strikers, fighting for better wages and working conditions, besiege a factory in Fall River, Mass., where 300 strikebreakers are working. The scabs are rescued by police using tear gas and pistols on the strikers - 1934
 
General strike begins across U.S. maritime industry, stopping all shipping. The strikers were objecting to the government's post-war National Wage Stabilization Board order that reduced pay increases negotiated by maritime unions - 1946
 

September 06
One of the worst disasters in the history of U.S. anthracite mining occurred at the Avondale Mine, near Scranton, Pa., when a fire originating from a furnace at the bottom of a 237-foot shaft roared up the shaft, killing 110 miners - 1869
 
Tony Boyle, former president of the United Mine Workers, is charged with murder in the 1969 deaths of former UMW rival Joseph A. Yablonski and his wife and daughter - 1973


September 07
Federal employees win the right to receive Workers' Compensation insurance coverage - 1916


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

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