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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 2/27/19
Posted On: Feb 27, 2019

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Wednesday February 27, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Austerity: Bad Billionaire Idea
Why are teachers so furious they’ve been striking? What’s the deal with the longest-ever government shutdown? Why is your state struggling to make ends meet? Austerity. But what even is that?
     Also in this issue: 
Organizing Younger Workers and a great summary of recent arbitration decisions.

Labor Quote
Just So You Know
"Just so you know, the same people that are telling you that you're wrong about unions are telling scientists they're wrong about science."
—Bill Nye, "the Science Guy"

Labor Cartoon
H.L. Schwadron

Steward Tip
Getting Members to Help Out
When recruiting members to help out within the union, ask each person how he or she feels things are going in the workplace or the union. What issues are of concern? Whatever the response, listen! Make the connection between whatever it is that concerns the member and how the member’s increased participation would help resolve the problem. Keep in mind that members may have skills to offer that might not match the positions you need to fill. Be flexible – never reject someone who’s willing to help the union cause. Remember, the more members who are active, even in a small way, the more effective the union. Keep in mind that the members may need time to think about your request. Don’t pressure them: when people volunteer for a job they really don’t want, they frequently don’t perform very well.  If necessary, give the people you are talking to time to decide, and follow up with them after an agreed upon period.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

February 27
Legendary labor leader and socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs becomes charter member and secretary of the Vigo Lodge, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Five years later he is leading the national union and in 1893 helps found the nation’s first industrial union, the American Railway Union - 1875
 
Birth of John Steinbeck in Salinas, Calif.  Steinbeck is best known for writing The Grapes of Wrath
, which exposed the mistreatment of migrant farm workers during the Depression and led to some reforms - 1902
 
Thirty-eight miners die in a coal mine explosion in Boissevain, Va. - 1932
 
Four hundred fifty Woolworth’s workers and customers occupy store for eight 
days in support of Waiters and Waitresses Union, Detroit - 1937
 
The Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes, a major organizing tool for industrial unions, are illegal - 1939
 
Mine disaster kills 75 at Red Lodge, Mont. - 1943
 
February 28

U.S. Supreme Court finds that a Utah state law limiting mine and smelter workers to an 8-hour workday is constitutional - 1898
 
(Actually Leap Year Feb. 29) The minimum age allowed by law for workers in mills, factories, and mines in South Carolina is raised from 12 to 14 - 1915

(Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine—who himself died in poverty in 1940—did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)
 
Members of the Chinese Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in San Francisco’s Chinatown begin what is to be a successful four-month strike for better wages and conditions at the National Dollar Stores factory 
and three retail outlets – 1938

(Actually leap year Feb. 29) Screen Actors Guild member Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African-American to win an Academy Award, honored for her portrayal of “Mammy” in “Gone with the Wind” - 1940
 
In response to the layoff of 450 union members at a 3M factory in New Jersey, every worker at a 3M factory in Elandsfontein, South Africa, walks off the job in sympathy - 1986


March 01
The Granite Cutters National Union begins what is to be a successful nationwide strike for the 8-hour day. Also won: union recognition, wage increases, a grievance procedure and a minimum wage scale - 1900
 
Joseph Curran is born on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. At age 16 he joined the Merchant Marines and in 1937 went on to lead the formation of the National Maritime Union. He was the union’s founding president and held the post until 1973, when he resigned amidst corruption charges. He died in 1981 - 1906
 
IWW strikes Portland, Ore., sawmills - 1907
 
An article in the March 1936 edition of the magazine Popular Science
 lists what it terms “the world’s craziest jobs,” all of them in Hollywood. Included: Horse-tail painter (to make the tails stand out better in the movies); bone-bleacher (for animal skeletons in Westerns); and chorus-girl weigher, whose function the article did not make terribly clear - 1936
 
Sailors aboard the S.S. California, docked in San Pedro, Calif., refuse to cast off the lines and allow the ship to sail until their wages are increased and overtime paid. The job action lasts three days before the secretary of labor intervenes and an agreement is reached. The leaders were fined two days’ pay, fired and blacklisted, although charges of mutiny were dropped. The action marked the beginnings of the National Maritime Union - 1936
 
After five years of labor by 21,000 workers, 112 of whom were killed on the job, the Hoover Dam (Boulder Dam) is completed and turned over to the government. Citizens were so mad at President Herbert Hoover, for whom the dam had been named, that it was later changed to Boulder Dam, being located near Boulder City, Nev. - 1936


CIO president John L. Lewis and U.S. Steel President Myron Taylor sign a landmark contract in which the bitterly anti-union company officially recognized the CIO as sole negotiator for the company's unionized workers. Included: the adoption of overtime pay, the 40-hour work week, and a big pay hike - 1937
 
The federal minimum wage increases to $1 per hour - 1956


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

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