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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 12/5/18
Posted On: Dec 05, 2018

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Wednesday December 5, 2018

In the current Steward Update newsletter
By the Numbers...
â–   In 2017, there were 262,000 new union members in the United States. 75% are young people.
â–   The number of people employed in professional and technical occupations who are members of unions grew by almost 90,000 in 2017.
â–   In law, arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media the share of workers who are in unions, went from around 4% in 2010 to around 7% in 2017.
â–   Union workers now earn about 20% more than nonunion workers in similar jobs.
—Compiled by Ken Margolies, a longtime labor educator at Cornell’s Worker Institute.

Labor Quote
Classic Quote
"The Labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.”
—Wendell Phillips, American orator, abolitionist, 1871

Labor Cartoon
Ken Benner

Steward Tip
Arbitration: The End of The Line
Unlike the steps of the grievance procedure, in which a series of closed-minded management representatives can just say no, an arbitration results in a decision being issued by someone who isn’t connected financially or organizationally to either side. Private sector arbitration awards, and most public sector awards as well, are final and binding. For all practical purposes, there’s usually no appeal of an arbitration award. Resolving a dispute through arbitration is almost always quicker, easier and less expensive than taking a case to court. After a hard-fought legal battle, a formal outside finding that the employer has violated your contract rights packs a punch that a grievance settlement lacks. But it’s important to recognize the limitations of arbitrating cases, as well.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

December 05
Unionists John T. and James B. McNamara are sentenced to 15 years and life, respectively, after confessing to dynamiting the Los Angeles Times building during a drive to unionize the metal trades in the city.  They placed the bomb in an alley next to the building, set to detonate when they thought the building would be empty; it went off early, and an unanticipated gas explosion and fire did the real damage, killing twenty people. The newspaper was strongly conservative and anti-union - 1911
 
Ending a 20-year split, the two largest labor federations in the U.S. merge to form the AFL-CIO, with a membership estimated at 15 million - 1955
 

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney welcomes the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, declaring, "No deal is better than a bad deal." - 1999
 
The U.S. Department of Labor reports employers slashed 533,000 jobs the month before—the most in 34 years—as the Great Recession surged. The unemployment rolls had risen for seven months before that and were to continue to soar for another 10 months before topping 10 percent and beginning to level off late the following year - 2008
 

December 06
African-American delegates meet in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union as a branch of the all-White National Labor Union created three years earlier. Unlike the NLU, the CNLU welcomed members of all races. Isaac Myers was the CNLU's founding president; Frederick Douglass became president in 1872 - 1869
 
The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C. On the interior of the monument are 193 commemorative stones, donated by numerous governments and organizations from all over the world; one of them is from the Int’l Typographical Union, founded in 1852.  In 1986 the ITU merged into the Communications Workers of America - 1884
 
A total of 361 coal miners die at Monongah, W.Va., in nation's worst mining disaster - 1907
 
Int’l Glove Workers Union of America merges into Amalgamated Clothing Workers - 1961
 
United Mine Workers begin what is to become a 110-day national coal strike - 1997


December 07
Heywood Broun born in New York City. Journalist, columnist and co-founder, in 1933, of The Newspaper Guild - 1888
 
Steam boiler operators from 11 cities across the country meet in Chicago to form the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, the forerunner to the Int’l Union of Operating Engineers. Each of the men represented a local union of 40 members or fewer - 1896
 
More than 1,600 protesters staged a national hunger march on Washington, D.C., to present demands for unemployment insurance - 1931
 
United Hatters, Cap & Millinery Workers Int’l Union merges into Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union - 1982
 

Delegates to the founding convention of the National Nurses United (NNU) in Phoenix, Ariz., unanimously endorse the creation of the largest union and professional organization of registered nurses in U.S. history. The 150,000-member union is the product of a merger of three groups - 2009


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

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