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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 10/17/18
Posted On: Oct 17, 2018

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Wednesday October 17, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Organizing with Grievances
Even before the Janus decision, anti-unionism continued apace in both the US and Canada. To challenge it, union stewards need both new strategies and new attitudes so that solidarity will rule in every workplace.

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.â€Â�
—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
Deanna Gottschalk

Steward Tip
Steward-Member Confidentiality
As a steward, you’re constantly defending members against accusations by management. So here’s an important question: Do stewards have with members the same confidentiality protections that lawyers have with their clients? Can you legally refuse to tell your employer facts about a workplace situation that are disclosed to you by a member? Here’s an example where confidentiality could become an issue. Let’s say one or both of the parties to a workplace shoving match comes to you for advice. The next day, the employer, investigating the scuffle in order to decide whether someone should be disciplined for it—maybe suspended or even fired—asks you what you know about it. Not only does he ask you, in fact, but he demands to know. Can you refuse to reveal that information? The answer is almost always yes. Check with union higher-ups if you're ever in doubt.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

  October 17
A huge vat ruptures at a London brewery, setting off a domino effect of similar ruptures, and what was to become known as The London Beer Flood.  Nearly 1.5 million liters of beer gushed into the streets drowning or otherwise causing the deaths of eight people, mostly poor people living in nearby basements - 1814
 
Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. He had always maintained his innocence - 1939
 
"Salt of the Earth" strike begins by the mostly Mexican-American members of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 890 in Bayard, N.M. Strikers' wives walked picket lines for seven months when their husbands were enjoined during the 14-month strike against the New Jersey Zinc Co. A great movie, see it! - 1950

(Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films About Labor: This wonderful book is an encyclopedic guide to 350 labor films from around the world, ranging from those you’ve heard of—Salt of the Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Roger & Me—to those you’ve never heard of but will fall in love with once you see them.)
 
Twelve New York City firefighters die fighting a blaze in midtown Manhattan - 1966
 
Int’l Printing Pressmen's & Assistants' Union of North America merges with Int’l Stereotypers', Electrotypers' & Platemakers' Union to become Printing & Graphic Communications Union - 1973
 
Industrial Union of Marine & Shipbuilding Workers of America merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1988
 
October 18
The "Shoemakers of Boston"—the first labor organization in what would later become the United States—was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony - 1648
 

New York City agrees to pay women school teachers a rate equal to that of men - 1911
 
IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out - 1927
 
Some 58,000 Chrysler Corp. workers strike for wage increases - 1939
 
The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO's Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) - 1943
 
GM agrees to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - 1983

(Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality: Many blue-collar arenas remain contested terrain for females. Women still struggle to get training, to get jobs, and to secure a harassment-free workplace. Despite the efforts of the pioneering generation, females still enter these jobs one by one and two by two and only against great odds do they remain there. These oral histories explore the achievements of the women who made history simply by going to work every day.)

October 19
The National Association of Letter Carriers achieves equalization of wages for all letter carriers, meaning 
city delivery carriers began receiving the same wages regardless of the size of the community in which they worked – 1949

The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states - 1980


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

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