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Sleeping quarters for the 23 LU 659 LCTT members working on the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.
Wright Tree Service sent 23 LU 659 LCTT members plus one GF down to Paradise to work the Camp Fire
EWEB crews on their way to help restore and rebuild the electric system in northern California.
NV Energy door knocking "Vote NO on 3"
John O'Rourke, President of NV Energy, Gilbert Baker, Mathew McEntire, Lonnie Stephenson & Liz Schul
Chris Ford, Randy Campos and Craig Daly being sworn in @ the Medford Unit Meeting
Luke Moran
Eugene Utility Career Fair
Aaron Eisele, Brandon Eddie and Chris Valentine
Kameron Foglio and a student
Sub Apprentice, Ross A. and Kevin B.
Ed Walley with SUB
Contestant Jesse Livingston @ the Western States Electrical Contest
2018 Unit Conference
Jeff Brown, Mike Scarminach, Robert Atkinson and Kathy Joy
Dan Parrish, Anthony Adkinson, Matt Eilenberger and Craig Woods
Gordon Lafer, LERC Instructor
Discussed ALEC, Janus and Right to Work
2018 Lineman's Rodeo Opening Ceremony

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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 1/30/19
Posted On: Jan 30, 2019

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Wednesday January 30, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Layoff of Professor Reversed Due to School's Bad Faith
A university told a non-tenured Spanish instructor that “lack of funds” and a drop in enrollment caused them to lay her off, a permitted action under the labor contract. Testimony showed that the fund had dropped 3% but that Spanish student enrollment remained steady; in addition, the university hired two half-time graduate assistants to teach classes she had been assigned to at a cost greater than her pay. The instructor had 22 years of experience and had been awarded a college-wide teacher of the year award in 2016. The arbitrator ordered her be returned to the classroom and made whole.

Labor Quote
Equal Pay for Equal Work!
“We still are not paid equally. And if you believe that it's a myth, do the math. Unequal pay hurts women. It hurts their families. And it hurts us all. You and I have to continue fighting for equal pay for equal work. I get up each day with that on my mind, because I need to make a difference.”
—Lilly Ledbetter, champion of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, established January 29, 2009.

Labor Cartoon
Randy Glasbergen

Steward Tip
Unsafe Equipment
What can you do if a worker is told to operate a little-used piece of equipment that has a frayed cord and no safety guards? Can the worker be disciplined for refusing to do the work because it’s unsafe? Could you be disciplined for advising the worker to refuse? The worker shouldn’t “refuse,” but should say he or she will do the job if the equipment is made safe. You would be within your rights to offer that counsel. However, legal protections for workers have been weakened over time. Under current law, the hazard must pose an immediate threat to life and limb.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

January 30
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, N.Y. He was elected president of the United States four times starting in 1932. His New Deal programs helped America survive the Great Depression. His legislative achievements included the creation of the National Labor Relations Act, which allows workers to organize unions, bargain collectively, and strike - 1882
 
January 31
Some 12,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio, Texas—mostly Latino women—walk off their jobs at 400
factories in what was to become a three-month strike against wage cuts.  Strike leader Emma Tenayuca was eventually hounded out of the state - 1938
 
Ida M. Fuller is the first retiree to receive an old-age monthly benefit check under the new Social Security law. She paid in $24.75 between 1937 and 1939 on an income of $2,484; her first check was for $22.54 - 1940
 
After scoring successes with representation elections conducted under the protective oversight of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the United Farm Workers of America officially ends its historic table grape, lettuce and wine boycotts - 1978
 
Union and student pressure forces Harvard University to adopt new labor policies raising wages for lowest-paid workers - 2002
 
Five months after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans school board fires every teacher in the district in what the United Teachers of New Orleans sees as an effort to break the union and privatize the school system - 2005

February 01
Led by 23-year-old Kate Mullaney, the Collar Laundry Union forms in Troy, N.Y., and raises earnings for female laundry workers from $2 to $14 a week - 1864
 
Bricklayers begin working 8-hour days - 1867
 
Some 25,000 Paterson, N.J., silk workers strike for 8-hour work day and improved working conditions. Eighteen hundred were arrested over the course of the six-month walkout, led by the Wobblies. They returned to work on their employers’ terms - 1913

(In this expanded edition of Strike! you can read about labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years. Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view. The author also examines the ever-shifting roles and configurations of unions, from the Knights of Labor of the 1800s to the AFL-CIO of the 1990s. A new chapter, “Beyond One-Sided Class War,” looks at how modern protest movements, such as the Battle of Seattle and Occupy Wall Street, were ignited and considers the similarities between these challenges to authority and those of labor’s past.)
 
The federal minimum wage increases to $1.60 per hour - 1968
 
Int’l Brotherhood of Firemen & Oilers merges with Service Employees Int’l Union - 1995


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

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