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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
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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 5/8/19
Posted On: May 08, 2019

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Wednesday May 8, 2019

From the Steward Update newsletter
Faculty Recording of Absences Causes Wrongful Discharge
When a worker was ten minutes late for work in November, 2017, he was fired for excessive absences based on the company’s point system for computing absences. An arbitrator found that two earlier absences had wrongly been recorded as “unexcused,” thus increasing his points to the discharge level. The arbitrator said evidence showed the two absences occurred when the worker’s girlfriend had to be taken to the hospital where she had a miscarriage. In both cases, he found the worker had talked to supervision and had been told “not to worry about it.” The company also had failed to provide a warning notice to the worker explaining that his next absence or tardiness incident would result in discharge, a step required by the contract. The worker was returned to the job with back pay.

Labor Quote
"Mother" Jones Speaks
"Some day the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit.”
—Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, labor activist, 1912

Labor Cartoon
Paul Kales

Steward Tip
Writing up a Grievance
Some stewards are more comfortable with the spoken word than with the written one. But unless your union has a policy that only chief stewards or staff representatives can write up grievances, you should try your hand at this essential part of the grievance process. Your contract will specify time limits for you to follow. Be aware that often the clock starts ticking from the time the incident or situation that sparked the grievance occurs. Failure to follow the time limits will usually lose the case. If you find you don’t have time to investigate thoroughly, write up the grievance anyway and keep on digging. The union can always withdraw the grievance at any time. Some contracts allow for extension of time limits by mutual consent or simply by notification. You can take a time extension, but it sends a message to management that the union delays. Since most managements delay, the union can put them on the defensive by not taking time limit extensions.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

May 08
The constitution of the Brotherhood of the Footboard was ratified by engineers in Detroit, Mich. Later became the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers - 1863
 
About 200 construction workers in New York City attack a crowd of Vietnam war protesters four days after 
the Kent State killings. More than 70 people were injured, including four police officers. Peter Brennan, head of the New York building trades, was honored at the Nixon White House two weeks later, eventually named Secretary of Labor - 1970
 
Some 12,000 Steelworker-represented workers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber win an 18-day strike for improved wages and job security - 1997

May 09

The first Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women was held on this date in New York City. Attendees included women of color, the wives and daughters of slaveholders, and women of low economic status - 1837

Japanese workers strike at Oahu, Hawaii’s Aiea Plantation, demanding the same pay as Portuguese and Puerto Rican workers. Ultimately 7,000 workers and their families remained out until August, when the strike was broken - 1909
 
Legendary Western Federation of Miners leader William “Big Bill” Haywood goes on trial for murder in the bombing death of former Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg, who had brutally suppressed the state’s miners. Haywood ultimately was declared innocent - 1907
 
Longshoremen’s strike to gain control of hiring leads to general work stoppage, San Francisco Bay area - 1934
 
Hollywood studio mogul Louis B. Mayer recognizes the Screen Actors Guild. SAG leaders reportedly were bluffing when they told Mayer that 99 percent of all actors would walk out the next morning unless he dealt with the union. Some 5,000 actors attended a victory gathering the following day at Hollywood Legion Stadium; a day later, SAG membership increased 400 percent - 1937
 
United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther and his wife May die in a plane crash as they travel to oversee construction of the union’s education and training facility at Black Lake, Mich. - 1971
 
Four thousand garment workers, mostly Hispanic, strike for union recognition at the Farah Manufacturing Co. in El Paso, Texas - 1972
 
May 10

Thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation’s first transcontinental railway line was finished by the joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines at Promontory Point, Utah - 1869
 
U.S. & Canadian workers form Western Labor Union. It favors industrial organization and independent labor party politics - 1898
 
A federal bankruptcy judge permits United Airlines to legally abandon responsibility for pensions covering 120,000 employees - 2005


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

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