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2019 Unit Conference attendees
LU 659 Executive Board and Staff
Vicki Williamson retiring from LU 659.
2019 Shop Steward/Utility Conference
2019 Shop Steward/Utility Conference
LU 659 members & Staff supporting our Brothers and Sisters at the City of Canyonville!
Tracker Bain receiving his $1,000 Electrician Sign on Bonus
Trevor Schissler taking his obligation at the Roseburg Meeting
Don Jackson receiving his 30 Year Service Pin
Joe Morningstar receiving his $250.00 check for referring Brother John Gist.
3 newly organized Journeyman Wiremen receiving their$1,000 bonus checks:
Brandon "Gus" Goodheart, Jason Keene and William "Billy" Burke. WELCOME TO THE IBEW!!
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
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

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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 5/29/19
Posted On: May 29, 2019

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Wednesday May 29, 2019

From the Steward Update newsletter
Success Story
ILWU Local 5 represents the booksellers at Powell’s Books, the largest unionized bookstore in the US. Workers there organized in the 1990s and signed their first contract in 2000.

Labor Quote
Capitalism v. Unionism
"If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor."
—Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, writer and educator (1867-1959)

Labor Cartoon
Vahan Shirvanian

Steward Tip
Demotions as Punishment
Remember to ask these questions when checking out a demotion grievance:
• Was the worker’s treatment consistent with how others are treated?
• Was the demotion for poor performance, and was the employee forewarned of the possibility of demotion?
• Was the punishment too harsh for the nature of the rule violation?
• Does the management rights clause include the right to demote?
• Were the demands placed upon the employee excessive?
• Is demotion mentioned in the contract as an optional punishment for rule violations?

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

Today in Labor History

May 29
Animators working for Walt Disney begin what was to become a successful 5-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists' Guild. The animated feature Dumbo was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a number of strikers are caricatured in the feature as clowns who go to "hit the big boss for a raise" - 1941
 
A contract between the United Mine Workers and the U.S. government establishes one of the nation's first union medical and pension plans, the multi-employer UMWA Welfare and Retirement Fund - 1946
 
The United Farm Workers of America reaches agreement with Bruce Church Inc. on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott. The pact raised wages, provided company-paid health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a pesticide monitoring system – 1996

UAW members at General Motors accept major contract concessions in return for 17.5 percent stake in the financially struggling company - 2009

May 30
The Ford Motor Company signs a "Technical Assistance" contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American workers who made the trip, including Walter Reuther, a tool and die maker who later was to become the UAW's president,  returned home with a different view of the duties and privileges of the industrial laborer - 1929
 
In what became known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police open fire on striking steelworkers at Republic Steel in South Chicago, killing ten and wounding more than 160 - 1937
 

The Ground Zero cleanup at the site of the World Trade Center is completed three months ahead of schedule due to the heroic efforts of more than 3,000 building tradesmen and women who had worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week for the previous eight months - 2002
 
May 31
The Johnstown Flood.  More than 2,200 die when a dam holding back a private resort lake burst upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The resort was owned by wealthy industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. Neither they nor any other members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club were found guilty of fault, despite the fact the group had created the lake out of an abandoned reservoir – 1889


Some 25,000 white autoworkers walk off the job at a Detroit Packard Motor Car Co. plant, heavily involved in wartime production, when three black workers are promoted to work on a previously all-white assembly line.  The black workers were relocated and the whites returned - 1943

Rose Will Monroe, popularly known as Rosie the Riveter, dies in Clarksville, Ind.  During WWII she helped bring women into the labor force - 1997


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

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