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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 6/5/19
Posted On: Jun 05, 2019

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Wednesday June 5, 2019

From the Steward Update newsletter
Musician Fired Without Chance to Give His Story; Job Restored
A symphony orchestra’s management made its decision to fire a musician before giving the musician a chance to give his side of the story. That was wrong, an arbitrator ruled. The firing involved an incident that occurred during the intermission of a major concert when the grievant was accused of punching a fellow musician in the chest; the two had been feuding over remarks the other musician had said about the grievant’s husband. The grievant claimed the altercation merely involved an accidental shove in a narrow corridor. Evidence showed the management had already made its decision to fire the grievant before calling him into a meeting with union representatives, in violation of just cause principles in the contract. The musician was ordered restored to the job with back pay.

Labor Quote
Be a Flea
"You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation."
—Marian Wright Edelman, founder, Children’s Defense Fund

Labor Cartoon
Debbie Wilson

Steward Tip
Insubordination
Cases involving suspension or discharge for refusal to follow instructions – insubordination – can be especially difficult. However, enough have been brought to arbitration that previous decisions provide some guidelines for how to best deal with this problem.
• Management must make orders clear and understandable. If, for example, an instruction was issued in a way it could not be properly heard, the discipline may have been unfair.
• Orders should not be of such a nature as to be an affront, indignity or invasion of personal privacy. However, arbitrators will uphold body or locker searches when there is evidence of dishonesty, or drug and alcohol tests where such tests have been agreed to or are of long standing, or where the employer’s operation may be affected by improper behavior. Public concern about use of drugs on the job has resulted in arbitrators looking at the issue as serious, so requirements to submit to such tests are more and more common.

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

Today in Labor History

June 05
Thirty-five members of the Teamsters, concerned about the infiltration of organized crime in the union and other issues, meet in Cleveland to form Teamsters for a Democratic Union - 1976

A strike begins at a General Motors Corp. parts factory in Flint, Mich., that spreads and ultimately forces the closure of GM plants across the country for seven weeks.  The Flint workers were protesting the removal of key dies from their plant and feared their jobs would be lost. The company ended the dispute by assuring the plant would remain open until at least the year 2000 - 1998

June 06
The U.S. Employment Service was created - 1933


A general strike by some 12,000 autoworkers and others in Lansing, Mich., shuts down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday.” The strike was precipitated by the arrest of nine workers, including the wife of the auto workers local union president: The arrest left three children in the couple’s home unattended - 1937

U.S. President Harry S. Truman and American Federation of Musicians President James Petrillo perform a piano duet at the union’s convention in Asbury Park, N.J. - 1948

Labor Party founding convention opens in Cleveland, Ohio - 1996

June 07

Militia sent to Cripple Creek, Colo., to suppress Western Federation of Miners strike - 1904

Sole performance of Pageant of the Paterson (N.J.) Strike, created and performed by 1,000 mill workers from the silk industry strike, New York City - 1913

Striking textile workers battle police in Gastonia, N.C.  Police Chief O.F. Aderholt is accidentally killed by one of his own officers. Six strike leaders are convicted of “conspiracy to murder” and are sentenced to jail for from five to 20 years - 1929


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

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