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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 3/13/19
Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

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Wednesday March 13, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Arbitration Case May Continue While ADA Dispute is Pending
An arbitrator overruled a school district’s claim that a discharge grievance was not arbitrable because the worker had a pending case under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The arbitrator said that the case should be decided under the “just cause” clause of the contract. He said the issue is whether the contract was violated, not whether the ADA was violated. He ruled that the dispute was arbitrable. The ruling did not consider the merits of the discharge.

Labor Quote
No Motivation
"History has proven that management will not be motivated to do the right thing just because it’s right. Unions aren’t all perfect, but they have done more to bring about equal opportunities and break down class barriers than any other institution.”
—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 20 seasons. He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion.

Labor Cartoon
A.A. McCourt

Steward Tip
Grievance Interviewing Skills
Here are some basic questions to make your interviews as effective as possible:
• Who is the worker? (the basics of name, job title, employee number, shift, seniority, etc.)
• When did the incident happen? (date, time)
• Where did the incident happen? (location)
• Who witnessed the incident or was involved in the situation?
• What happened or failed to happen?  
• What did the worker(s) do?
• Why did the incident happen? (this question often generates more opinion than fact, but it is important)
• What did management say, do or fail to do?  
• What’s happened in the past?  
• Why is this incident a grievance?
• What should be done? (the remedy)

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

Today in Labor History

March 13
The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel. The newspaper was quoting a typesetter while reporting on replacement workers who had agreed to work for two-thirds of the going rate - 1830

"The laborers on the Cape Cod ship canal refuse to work and say they will not return until better food is provided." No further details were offered in this Trenton Times report - 1884

 
A four-month UAW strike at General Motors ends with a new contract. The strikers were trying to make up for the lack of wage hikes during World War II - 1946

March 14
Fabled railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones born in southeast Missouri. A member of the Railroad Engineers, he was the sole fatality in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., on April 29, 1900. His skill and heroics prevented many more deaths - 1863

Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12 and a half hours to 93 minutes.  Goodbye, craftsmanship.  Hello, drudgery - 1914
 

The movie Salt of the Earth opens. The classic film centers on a long and difficult strike led by Mexican-American and Anglo zinc miners in New Mexico. Real miners perform in the film, in which the miners’ wives—as they did in real life—take to the picket lines after the strikers are enjoined - 1954
 
March 15
Official formation of the Painters Int’l Union - 1887
 
Supreme Court approves 8-Hour Act under threat of a national railway strike - 1917
 
Bituminous coal miners begin nationwide strike, demanding adoption of a pension plan - 1948
 
The Wall Street Journal begins a series alleging insider stock deals at the union-owned Union Labor Life Insurance Co. (ULLICO). After three years a settlement was reached with Robert Georgine, a building trades leader serving as ULLICO president and CEO, requiring him to repay about $2.6 million in profits from the sale of ULLICO stock, forfeit $10 million in compensation and make other payments worth about $4.4 million. All but two of the company’s directors were said to have profited from the deals - 2002


March 16
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and, later, other education workers in the city - 1960


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

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