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Wednesday October 10, 2018

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Progressive Discipline Lacking, School Secretary Firing Nixed
Testimony showed that the middle school secretary’s office was a busy place when one day she dispensed the wrong medication to a student. Despite her 21 years of blemish-free service, she was discharged. Wrong, said an arbitrator, in reinstating her to her job. It had been a practice in the school that the secretary would hold medication for several students and provide their pill or pills each day. On this day, while also performing other duties, she mistook one student and gave her the wrong meds. Even though the student suffered no harm, the secretary was discharged. The arbitrator ruled that the school failed to provide progressive discipline, as required by the contract, particularly with a worker of long service. Because the secretary had some fault in the incident, he ruled her discharge be reduced to a three-day suspension.

Labor Quote
Vacation Time
“The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation days... The European countries (surveyed) all legally require employers to provide at least 20 days of paid vacation annually, with some requiring as many as 25 or 30 days.”
—Results of a survey by the Center for Economic and Policy Research

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H.L. Schwadron

Steward Tip
Strategic Grievance Handling
What forces are in the way of resolving a particular grievance? Let’s say a disrespectful supervisor is getting the best productivity that management has ever seen from the workers. Does upper-management have much incentive to lean on him to clean up his act? No, so your strategic thinking might lead you to come up with a group plan that offsets the productivity gains. Perhaps bringing large numbers of workers to long grievance “meetings” with management, or making sure everyone is taking enough time to do every job exactly correctly and safely, will give you the leverage you need to achieve a solution.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

October 10
Six days into a cotton field strike by 18,000 Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Pixley, Calif., four strikers are killed and six wounded; eight growers were indicted and charged with murder - 1933
October 11
The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background - 1873
Nearly 1,500 plantation workers strike Olaa Sugar, on Hawaii’s Big Island - 1948
October 12
Company guards kill at least eight miners who are attempting to stop scabs, Virden, Ill. Six guards are 
also killed, and 30 persons wounded - 1898
Fourteen miners killed, 22 wounded at Pana, Ill. - 1902
Some 2,000 workers demanding union recognition close down dress manufacturing, Los Angeles - 1933
More than one million Canadian workers demonstrate against wage controls - 1976

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

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