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Jeff Brown, Mike Scarminach, Robert Atkinson and Kathy Joy
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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 11/14/18
Posted On: Nov 14, 2018

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Wednesday November 14, 2018

In the upcoming Steward Update newsletter
The Tunisian Inspiration: Countering Authoritarianism with Social Justice Unionism
Looking around the world today, it may seem bleak: crackdowns on civil liberties and worker rights are happening everywhere. Yet whenever and wherever basic rights are under attack, there always will be people resisting.
     Also in this issue: Advice From an Experienced Labor Lawyer, Part One; Talking Right-To-Work With Non-Union Workers; and By the Numbers: Who's Doing Well and Who Isn't in Today's Economy.

Labor Quote
Industrial Fair Play
Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play. Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided. The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organized and that their organizations must be recognized by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace.
—Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)

Labor Cartoon
Paul Kales

Steward Tip
Steward-Member Confidentiality
A union steward seeking to protect due process rights of members and to enforce the terms of the collective bargaining agreement must be in a position to assure members that they don’t have to hold back on what information they provide. If you share confidential information from a member with union higher ups or a union attorney on a “need to know” basis, the confidentiality will be preserved. But if the member goes around talking to everyone under the sun, it won’t be possible to argue that the information is still confidential.  Whatever notes you make of conversations with a member, make sure to include any assurances you gave him or her that the matter would be confidential, or any requests made by the member to that effect.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

November 14
Women’s Trade Union League founded, Boston - 1903
 
The American Railway Supervisors Association is formed at Harmony Hall in Chicago by 29 supervisors working for the Chicago & North Western Railway. They organized after realizing that those railroaders working under their supervision already had the benefits of unionization and were paid more for working fewer hours - 1934
 
The Depression-era Public Works Administration agrees with New York City today to begin a huge slum clearance project covering 20 acres in Brooklyn, where low cost housing for 2,500 families will be completed. It was the first of many such jobs-and-housing projects across the country - 1934
 
The National Federation of Telephone Workers—later to become the Communications Workers of America—is founded in New Orleans - 1938
 

Jimmy Carter-era OSHA publishes standard reducing permissible exposure of lead, protecting 835,000 workers from damage to nervous, urinary and reproductive systems - 1978
(Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class: While OSHA was working to preserve people’s health in the ‘70s, other forces were working against labor’s interests.  Stayin’ Alive is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.)
 
Federation of Professional Athletes granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1979
 
November 15
Founding convention of the Federation of Trades and Labor Unions is held in Pittsburgh. It urges enactment of employer liability, compulsory education, uniform apprenticeship and child and convict labor laws. Five years later it changes its name to the American Federation of Labor - 1881

November 16
A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pa., grants an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Co. forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in progress, or even singing hymns. Union leaders termed the injunction “drastic” - 1927
 

The National Football League Players Association ends a 57-day strike that shortened the season to nine games. The players wanted, but failed to win until many years later, a higher share of gross team revenues - 1982


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

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