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2018 Lineman's Rodeo Opening Ceremony

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SHOP STEWARD WEEKLY 4/3/19
Posted On: Apr 03, 2019

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Wednesday April 3, 2019

From the Steward Update Arbitration Reporter
Performance Evaluations Nixed for Promotions
When a law enforcement agency added a requirement that applicants for a job vacancy must have passed four performance evaluations to be considered for promotion, an arbitrator ruled the agency went too far. Under its labor contract, the agency was required to gain the union’s consent for the change. Evidence showed the agency failed to do so. The arbitrator ruled the agency violated the contract; he did not order the process be redone since the applicant who grieved over the position in question had been appointed to the position regardless of the rule change. The case, however, would set precedent for future cases of its type.

Labor Quote
MLK
"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
Martin Luther King Jr.

Labor Cartoon
Scott Masear

Steward Tip
Presenting Your Grievance
After reviewing grievance information you've gathered for completeness and accuracy, evaluate it using the three rules of evidence:
    Opinions vs. facts. Opinions are what people think; facts are what people see or hear. You need to weigh opinions differently than you weigh facts.
    Facts vs. hearsay. Hearsay evidence (“John said he overheard Sally tell Nancy…”) is not factual. Try to talk to the original source.
    Facts must be relevant. What relates directly to the problem at hand?

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

Today in Labor History

April 03 
Some 20,000 textile mill strikers in Paterson, N.J., gather on the green in front of the house of Pietro Botto, the socialist mayor of nearby Haledon, to receive encouragement by novelist Upton Sinclair, journalist John Reed and speakers from the Wobblies. Today, the Botto House is home to the American Labor Museum - 1913

UAW Local 833 strikes the Kohler bathroom fixtures company in Kohler, Wisc. The strike ends six years later after Kohler is found guilty of refusing to bargain, agrees to reinstate 1,400 strikers and pay them $4.5 million in back pay and pension credits - 1954 

Martin Luther King Jr. returns to Memphis to stand with striking AFSCME sanitation workers. This evening, he delivers his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech in a church packed with union members and others. He is assassinated the following day - 1968


April 04
The first issue of The Labor Review, a "weekly magazine for organized workers," was published in Minneapolis. Edna George, a cigar packer in Minneapolis, won $10 in gold for suggesting the name “Labor Review.” The Labor Review has been published continuously since then, currently as a monthly publication - 1907
 
Unemployed riot in New York City’s Union Square - 1914
 

Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, where he had been supporting a sanitation workers’ strike.  In the wake of this tragedy, riots break out in many cities, including Washington, D.C. - 1968
 
Some 1,700 United Mine Workers members in Virginia and West Virginia beat back concessions demanded by Pittston Coal Co. - 1989
 
April 05
Columnist Victor Riesel, a crusader against mob infiltration of unions, was blinded in New York City when an assailant threw sulfuric acid in his face. He was also an FBI informer for decades, a proponent of the McCarthy era blacklisting that weakened unions for over a generation, and a crusader against unions connecting with anti-war student activism in the 1960's and 70's - 1956
 

Some 14,000 teachers strike Hawaii schools, colleges - 2001
 
A huge underground explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W. Va., kills 29 miners. It was the worst U.S. mine disaster in 40 years. The Massey Energy Co. mine had been cited for two safety infractions the day before the blast; 57 the month before, and 1,342 in the previous five years. Three and one-half years after the disaster Massey’s then-CEO, Don Blankenship, was indicted by a federal grand jury on four criminal counts - 2010


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

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