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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 11/28/19
Posted On: Nov 28, 2018

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Wednesday November 28, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletterscale of justice
Advice From an Experienced Labor Lawyer, Part One
1) Collective worker and union power is better than arbitration.
2) If you have to use arbitration, step one is build trust with the member(s) involved
and others.
—Labor lawyer Ken Page is Steward Update’s newest contributor. Click here to see Advice From an Experienced Labor Lawyer.

Labor Quote
The Boss's Union Advantage
“I’m union because I like the concept. I know my employees are protected. I also know that labor is readily available to me when I need it, and that labor will be well-trained and well qualified.”
—Charlotte VanHorn, contractor, Tri -State Drywall & Acoustical, Inc.

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Paul Kales

Steward Tip
Mistakes To Avoid
The following are some common mistakes for stewards to avoid. It’s a mistake to…
Promise Remedies Too Quickly: You are hurting both the member and your credibility if you pass judgment on a grievance prior to a thorough investigation. Given the frequency of poor and mixed arbitration decisions, no steward should ever promise victory.
Fail to Speak With New Workers: The most important way a union gains the support of a new member or potential new member is by one-on-one contact with the steward.
Fail to Adhere to Time Lines: Even the strongest, iron-clad case can be lost if you fail to follow the time line specified in your contract. If you do get a formal extension of time limits, be sure to get it in writing.
Let Grievances Go Unfiled: Every grievance that goes unfilled undermines the contract that you struggled so hard to win. While most members see changes and problems only in terms of the impact on them, the steward needs to be able to understand a grievance’s impact on the contract and the union as a whole.

—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

November 28
William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, born - 1828
 
National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, precursor to IBEW, founded - 1891
 
A total of 154 men die in a coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa.  Engineer and General Superintendent A.C. Beeson tells the local newspaper he had been in the mine a few minutes before the blast and had found it to be in perfect condition - 1908

 
Some 400 New York City photoengravers working for the city’s newspapers, supported by 20,000 other newspaper unionists, begin what is to become an 11-day strike, shutting down the papers - 1953
 
November 29
Clerks, teamsters and building service workers at Boston Stores in Milwaukee strike at the beginning of the Christmas rush. The strike won widespread support—at one point 10,000 pickets jammed the sidewalks around the main store—but ultimately was lost. Workers returned to the job in mid-January with a small pay raise and no union recognition - 1934
 

The SS Daniel J. Morrell, a 603-foot freighter, breaks in two during a strong storm on Lake Huron. Twenty-eight of its 29 crewmen died; survivor Dennis Hale was found the next day, near frozen and floating in a life raft with the bodies of three of his crew mates. He had survived for nearly 40 hours in frigid temperatures wearing only a pair of boxer shorts, a life jacket, and a pea coat - 1966

National Labor Relations Board rules that medical interns can unionize and negotiate wages and hours - 1999

November 30
“Fighting Mary” Eliza McDowell, also known as the “Angel of the Stockyards,” born in Chicago. As a social worker she helped organize the first women’s local of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union in 1902 - 1854

 
Mother Jones died at the Burgess Farm in Adelphi, Md.; “I’m not a lady, I’m a hell-raiser!” - 1930
 
More than 12,000 members of the Insurance Agents Union strike in 35 states and Washington, D.C., against the Prudential Insurance Co. - 1951
 
Unionists and activists shut down World Trade Organization meeting, Seattle, Wash. - 1999


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

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