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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 3/20/19
Posted On: Mar 20, 2019

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Wednesday March 20, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Organizing Younger Workers
It’s obvious: the labor movement needs younger workers to organize for its own health and survival. And to improve their own working conditions, younger workers must organize.

Labor Quote
The Boss
"Unions have been the only powerful and effective voice working people have ever had in the history of this country."
—Bruce Springsteen, "The Boss."

Labor Cartoon
Paul Kales

Steward Tip
In Grievance Writing, Flexibility Improves Your Odds
In order to gain the maximum advantage over management, you must take maximum advantage of the law. A written grievance should be specific enough that the employer can respond to the charge—but stated in language broad enough to argue all the relevant contract provisions and request wide avenues of relief. A grievance should not only name the specific contract provisions that the employer has violated but also contain a qualifier that the violation is not limited to those provisions. When you are grieving a dismissal for attendance problems, for example, you need to consider more than the usual “just cause” provision. Later you might find that management based its discharge on absences occurring during the grievant’s disability leave. But if you don’t cite the second contract provision, an arbitrator would probably not consider that violation.  That’s why it helps to use inclusive legal language, such as: “Management has violated the collective bargaining agreement, including, but not limited to, Article I, Section 2.5” or “Management has violated Article 1, Section 2.5, and all other relevant contract provisions.”
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

March 20
Michigan authorizes formation of workers’ cooperatives. Thirteen are formed in the state over a 25-year period. Labor reform organizations were advocating "cooperation" over "competitive" capitalism following the Civil War and several thousand cooperatives opened for business across the country during this era. Participants envisioned a world free from conflict where workers would receive the full value of their labor and freely exercise democratic citizenship in the political and economic realms – 1865

Fifty-eight workers are killed, 150 injured when a boiler explosion levels the R.B. Grover  shoe factory in Brockton, Mass. The four-story wooden building collapsed and the ruins burst into flames, incinerating workers trapped in the wreckage - 1905
 
The American Federation of Labor issues a charter to a new Building Trades Department. Trades unions had formed a Structural Building Trades Alliance several years earlier to work out jurisdictional conflicts, but lacked the power to enforce Alliance rulings - 1908
 
Members of the Int’l Union of Electrical Workers reach agreement with Westinghouse Electric Corp., end a 156-day strike - 1956
 
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers could not exclude women from (the often highest paying) jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus - 1991
 
Three hundred family farmers at a National Pork Producers Council meeting in Iowa protest factory-style hog farms - 1997

March 21
American Labor Union founded - 1853
 

March 22
Mark Twain, a lifelong member of the Int’l Typographical Union (now part of CWA), speaks in Hartford, Conn., extolling the Knights of Labor’s commitment to fair treatment of all workers, regardless of race or gender - 1886
 
The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington state’s Columbia River begins operation after a decade of construction.  Eight thousand workers labored on the project; 77 died - 1941
 
Eight hundred striking workers at Brown & Sharpe in Kingstown, R.I. are tear-gassed by state and local police in what was to become a losing 17-year-long fight by the Machinists union - 1982
 

A 32-day lockout of major league baseball players ends with an agreement to raise the minimum league salary from $68,000 to $100,000 and to study revenue-sharing between owners and players - 1990
 
A bitter six-and-a-half-year UAW strike at Caterpillar Inc. ends. The strike and settlement, which included a two-tier wage system and other concessions, deeply divided the union - 1998


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

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