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2019 Utility Conference
Mike Scarminach (BM), Jon Flegel (ABM), Lennie Ellis, (I.O. Rep), James Barber (CLPUD), Anthony Otto (SUB), Chris Canty (PP&L), Caleb Robbins (EWEB)
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
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NV Energy door knocking "Vote NO on 3"
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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 4/17/19
Posted On: Apr 17, 2019

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Wednesday April 17, 2019

From the Steward Update newsletter
Clear Contract Language Negates Past Practice
Even eight years of past practice may not be enough to overturn clear contract language, an arbitrator noted in a case involving “on call” assignments. A municipal employer was ordered to pay overtime to an animal control worker for an on call assignment given to a worker with less seniority. The arbitrator rejected this past practice claim based both upon contract language and the fact that circumstances had changed during the eight years. He also relied upon a similar ruling made by an arbitrator, just several months earlier, against the same employer.

Labor Quote
You Owe it to Unions
"If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts."
—Molly Ivins (1944-2007), newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist.

Labor Cartoon
Debbie Wilson

Steward Tip
Help with Grievance Record-keeping
Imagine that you’re working on three big, complicated grievance cases. You’ve done your research and you’re well prepared. For each case, you have ten to twenty-five individual pieces of paperdocuments, notes, letters, affidavits from eyewitnesseswhich you keep in file folders. Paperwork in hand, you’re walking down the hallway to meet with your local union officials, your International representative, the company human resource people, and the grievants. But just as you enter the meeting room you drop all your folders. Papers go flying to the floor, all mixed up. You’ll have to read every piece to get it back in the right folder. Everyone’s looking on, and you’re feeling a little foolish. Too late, it hits you: Straightening up this mess would be so much easier if each document had a number in the upper right-hand corner showing which case it belongs to.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

April 17
The Supreme Court holds that a maximum-hours law for New York bakery workers is unconstitutional under the due process clause of the 14th amendment - 1905

An explosion at a West Texas fertilizer plant kills 15 people and injures nearly 300 when 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate—stored in sheds without sprinkler systems—caught fire.  Of those killed, ten were emergency responders - 2013

April 18
West Virginia coal miners strike, defend selves against National Guard - 1912
 

After a four-week boycott led by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., bus companies in New York City agree to hire 200 Black drivers and mechanics - 1941
 
April 19
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers—Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles—put down their tools and struck 59 factories for four months in what was to become known as the Great Furniture Strike - 1911


An American domestic terrorist’s bomb destroys the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, 99 of whom were government employees - 1995
 
April 20
Nearly 10,000 demonstrators celebrate textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike, Lowell, Mass. - 1912
 
Ludlow massacre: Colorado state militia, using machine guns and fire, kill about 20 people—including 11 children—at a tent city set up by striking coal miners - 1914
 

An unknown assailant shoots through a window at United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther as he is eating dinner at his kitchen table, permanently impairing his right arm. It was one of at least two assassination attempts on Reuther. He and his wife later died in a small plane crash under what many believe to be suspicious circumstances - 1948
 
National Association of Post Office Mail Handlers, Watchmen, Messengers & Group Leaders merge with Laborers - 1968
 
United Auto Workers members end a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester, protesting management demands for new work rules and mandatory overtime provisions - 1980


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

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