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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 5/1/19
Posted On: May 01, 2019

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Wednesday May 1, 2019

From the Steward Update newsletter
Dismantling Democracy
It’s hard to believe now, but in 1958, 73 percent of Americans said they had faith in the federal government. By 2015, it was down to 19%. Many were left behind in the Jim Crow South, in the agricultural fields and orchards, as well as immigrants, women and LGBTQ people. But even those people without full equality enjoyed partial protection.
    Also in this issue:
Our Legislators Spoke and We Answered: We Wear Red for Public Education; Success Story; plus, an excellent selection of arbitration decisions from Steward Update's
arbitration reporter!

Labor Quote
Workers of the World Awaken
Workers of the World awaken
Break your chains, demand your rights!
All the wealth you make is taken
By exploiting parasites.
—From the song Workers of the World Awaken, words and music by Joe Hill (1879-1915)

Labor Cartoon
Vahan Shirvanian

Steward Tip
Grievance Meetings Are a Negotiation
The grievance meeting is a negotiation. In accepting compromises, it’s not uncommon for the union or management to stipulate that the settlement is not intended to set a precedent. Always devise fallback positions—particularly when the grievant hasn’t been a total innocent and the issue is serious, like a heavy suspension or termination. You’ll want to review fallback positions with the grievant, but the grievant does not have the final say on settlement. That’s because the grievance is an assault on the union and its collectively bargained agreement, not just against the individual and the settlement he or she wants. If you can’t get an acceptable compromise from management, the grievance should go to the next step.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

May 01
Mary Harris “Mother” Jones born in County Cork, Ireland - 1830
(The Autobiography of Mother Jones: Mary Harris Jones—“Mother Jones”—was the most dynamic woman ever to grace the American labor movement. Employers and politicians called her “the most dangerous woman in America” and rebellious working men and women loved her as they never loved anyone else.)

Cigar makers in Cincinnati warn there could be a strike in the fall if factory owners continue to insist that they pay 30¢ per month for gas heat provided at work during mornings and evenings - 1883
 
Eight-hour day demonstration in Chicago and other cities begins tradition of May Day as international labor holiday - 1886
 
The Cooks’ and Waiters’ Union strikes in San Francisco, demanding one day of rest per week, a 10-hour work day and a union shop for all restaurants in the city - 1901
 
Mother Jones’ 100th birthday celebrated at the Burgess Farm in Adelphi, Md. She died six months later - 1930
 
New York City’s Empire State Building officially opens. Construction involved 3,400 workers, mostly immigrants from Europe, and hundreds of Mohawk iron workers. Five workers died during construction - 1931
 
Congress enacts amendments to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, extending protections to the employees of state and local governments—protections which didn’t take effect until 1985 because of court challenges and regulation-writing problems - 1974
 
The federal minimum wage rises to $2 per hour - 1974
 
Int’l Molders & Allied Workers Union merges with Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Int’l Union - 1988
 
Woodworkers of America Int’l merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1994
 
Int’l Leather Goods, Plastics & Novelty Workers Union merges with Service Employees Int’l Union - 1996
 

Rallies in cities across the U.S. for what organizers call “A Day Without Immigrants.” An estimated 100,000 immigrants and sympathizers gathered in San Jose, Calif., 200,000 in New York, 400,000 each in Chicago and Los Angeles.  In all, there were demonstrations in at least 50 cities - 2006

May 02 

Chicago's first Trades Assembly, formed three years earlier, sponsors a general strike by thousands of workers to enforce the state's new 8-hour-day law. The one-week strike was unsuccessful - 1867
 

Birth of Richard Trevellick, a ship carpenter, founder of American National Labor Union and later head of the National Labor Congress, America’s first national labor organization - 1830
 
First Workers’ Compensation law in U.S. enacted, in Wisconsin - 1911
 
President Herbert Hoover declares that the stock market crash six months earlier was just a "temporary setback" and the economy would soon bounce back. In fact, the Great Depression was to continue and worsen for several more years - 1930
 
German police units occupied all trade unions headquarters in the country, arresting union officials and leaders. Their treasuries were confiscated and the unions abolished. Hitler announced that the German Labour Front, headed by his appointee, would replace all unions and look after the working class - 1933

A fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, caused the death of 91 workers who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, likely caused by toxic fumes emitted by burning polyurethane foam, used as a fire retardant - 1972

May 03

Four striking workers are killed, at least 200 wounded, when police attack a demonstration on Chicago’s south side at the McCormick Harvesting Machine plant. The Haymarket Massacre is to take place the following day - 1886
 

Eugene V. Debs and other leaders of the American Railway Union are jailed for six months for contempt of court in connection with Pullman railroad car strike - 1895
 
Pete Seeger, folksinger and union activist, born in Patterson, N.Y. Among his songs: “If I Had A Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn” - 1919


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

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