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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 9/19/18
Posted On: Sep 19, 2018

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Wednesday September 19, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
City's 'Inconvenience' Found To Be No Cause For Discharges
A city’s firing of two bus drivers for absenteeism, after they had been injured on the job, was overturned by an arbitrator, who ruled that the workers’ rights were more important than any “inconvenience” facing the employer in replacing the drivers. Both had proper doctor certificates indicating they were unable to do the work; yet, after they had been off the job for a year, the city scheduled them to resume their driving duties. When the workers failed to show up for four days, they were discharged for violating the labor agreement’s absenteeism rules. The arbitrator ruled the city needed to rehire the two drivers; if after three months the workers are still unable to work, they could be discharged or given a chance to resign.

Labor Quote
We Do As Much
"I used to work in the field and bind grain, keeping up with the cradler; but men doing no more, got twice as much pay... We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much."
—Sojourner Truth, American Equal Rights Association Convention, 1867.

Labor Cartoon
Ken Benner

Steward Tip
Disciplines for Off-Duty Conduct
Employers can legitimately discipline employees for some situations they get into while away from work, but there are some general guidelines. First, the employer is obliged to conduct a proper investigation and prove the guilt of the accused. Second, if a worker is to be disciplined for off-duty conduct, then the misconduct rule should be worded in a way that includes misconduct off the job. Third, for an offense to warrant discipline it should in some way affect the employer’s image or product. Fourth, if a law enforcement agency has an investigation in progress at the time discipline is imposed, the discipline may be untimely.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

September 19
Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. - 1885
 

Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981

Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer, often referred to as “Labor’s Troubadour,” died today at age 88.  Some of his more acclaimed songs include "The Mill Was Made of Marble," "Too Old To Work" and "Automaton." In 1979 he and labor folklorist Archie Green convened a meeting of 14 other labor musicians to begin what was to become the annual Great Labor Arts Exchange and, soon thereafter, the Labor Heritage Foundation - 2006
 
September 20
Upton Sinclair, socialist and author of The Jungle—published on this day in 1906—born in Baltimore, Md. - 1878
 

According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus and Western Railway (now part of the Norfolk Southern) near Leeds, Ala. Other researchers place the contest near Talcott, W. Va. - 1887
 
Int’l Hod Carriers, Building & Common Laborers Union of America changes name to Laborers' Int’l Union - 1965

September 21
Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike - 1896
 
Mother Jones leads a march of miners' children through the streets of Charleston, W. Va. - 1912
 
National Football League Players Association members begin what is to become a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever - 1982 
 

Members of five unions at the Frontier Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas begin what was to become the longest successful hotel strike in U.S. history. All 550 workers honored the picket line for the entirety of the 6-year, 4-month, 10-day fight against management’s insistence on cutting wages and eliminating pensions - 1991


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

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