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Brian Cray receiving his $1,000 sign on incentive
Chester Riddle, Adam Lee and Mike Johnson took the Obligation at the Medford Unit Meeting
We would like to welcome brother John Gist to IBEW local 659!
2019 Membership Developement Conference
Don M., Mark & Taneal N., Brian S., Jeff A. and Mike S.
Matt Halleman, Craig Woods, Paul Waddington, and Josh Montez
Leaving our Mark
Matt Halleman, EWEB, Journeyman Meterman
2019 Golf & Softball LU 125 Charity Tournament
Remodel is done... Come check it out!
2019 Linemans Rodeo with Jim Louder
Tom Lane Pre-Apprentice Overall 1st Place
Lineman's Rodeo 2019
Brandon Roberts receiving his $1000 bonus for joining IBEW
Justin Humphreys (Aptc Wireman) and Brandon Roberts (Jmn Wmn) talking their obligation.
Chris McPherson joined LU659 last fall and is appreciating the friendships and benefits of the Union
Thank you Ryan Smith racing for supporting our great Local! Ryan is a Journeyman Wireman, PEC.
2019 Local Union 659 Union Picnic and Bounce House Fun for the kids
Games for all ages
The littles just wanted to play in the hay.
Mom, look what I found!
More games
Horseshoe tournament
LU 659 Merchandise and Raffle Tent
Thank Lane County Unit for hosting a wonderful picnic
Warren "Neel" Michael receiving his 50 year service pin
Lyle Johnson receiving his 50 year service pin
Stanley Wheeler receiving his 50 year service pin
Thank you LU 659 Picnic Sponsors
2019 Unit Conference attendees
2019 Shop Steward/Utility Conference
LU 659 members & Staff supporting our Brothers and Sisters at the City of Canyonville!

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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 6/12/19
Posted On: Jun 12, 2019
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Wednesday June 12, 2019
From the Steward Update Arbitration Reporter
Ruling in Mileage Case OKs Longer, Easier Trip
A traveling teacher chose to take an Interstate highway to travel between schools — a trip totaling 66 miles — instead of following a winding, difficult rural road that was shorter by 25 miles. Traditionally, she had been reimbursed for the longer trip until the school district said it would only pay her for the shorter, 41-mile trip. The teacher filed a grievance and an arbitrator ruled the labor contract required only that reimbursement be based on miles used exclusively in school business — not which route to take. He further said the teacher’s choice of route was reasonable. He ordered the teacher be paid for the longer route and to be reimbursed for any mileage payments she had been denied.
Labor Quote
Call Out
"I work for myself, which is fun, except for when I call in sick; I know I’m lying.”
—Rita Rudner, American comedian, writer and actress
Labor Cartoon
H.L. Schwadron

Steward Tip
The Weingarten Declaration
For their own protection, workers should be instructed to read or hand this statement to management before the start of any meeting that could lead to discipline: “If the discussion I am being asked to enter could in any way lead to my discipline or termination or impact my personal working conditions, I ask that a union steward, representative or officer be present. Unless I have this union representation I respectfully choose not to participate in this discussion.”

—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)
Today in Labor History
This Week in Labor History
June 12
The U.S. Supreme Court invalidates two sections of a Florida law: one required state licensing of paid union business agents, the other required registration with the state of all unions and their officers - 1945

Major League Baseball strike begins, forces cancellation of 713 games. Most observers blamed team owners for the strike: they were trying to recover from a court decision favoring the players on free agency - 1981

June 13
Congress creates a Bureau of Labor, under the Interior Department.  It later became independent as a Department of Labor without executive status in the Department of Commerce and Labor; in 1913 it became the Department of Labor we know today - 1884
 
Tony Mazzocchi born in Brooklyn, N.Y. An activist and officer in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union, he was a mentor to Karen Silkwood, a founder of the Labor Party, and a prime mover behind the 1970 passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act - 1926
 
June 14
Unions legalized in Canada – 1872

The first commercial computer, UNIVAC I, is installed at the U.S. Census Bureau - 1951
 
June 15
The Metal Trades Department of what is now the AFL-CIO is founded - 1908
 
The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities - 1947
 
Battle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors and their supporters during a peaceful Service Employees Int’l Union demonstration against cleaning contractor ISS. The event generated public outrage that resulted in recognition of the workers' union and spurred the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day - 1990

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