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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 7/17/19
Posted On: Jul 17, 2019

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Wednesday July 17, 2019

In the current Steward Update newsletter
Back Pay Ordered for Work Done at Higher Level
A parks worker was assigned to take over the duties of a lead worker, but was not paid at the higher lead worker rate. His request for an increase to the higher rate was denied. The agency claimed the worker failed to follow procedures to reclassify the job. An arbitrator said the parks agency erred in that a job reclassification was not needed and that the worker had been performing all of the duties of the higher-level job. The arbitrator ordered payment of back pay to the worker for all the hours worked in the lead worker position.

Labor Quote
Darrow on Unions
"Trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men."
Clarence S. Darrow, American criminal lawyer, writer, 1909

Labor Cartoon
Martin Bucella

Steward Tip
Investigation Time Limits
What can you do if you can’t make a full investigation within the time limits to determine if a complaint is a grievance? File the grievance and continue your investigation. The union can always withdraw the grievance at any time if you find it shouldn’t be pursued.
Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History
July 17
Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny - 1944

July 18
The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. - 1883
 
Some 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike - 1919
 
Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. - 1969
 

July 19
Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y.  Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women's Rights and call for women's suffrage - 1848
 
An amendment to the 1939 Hatch Act, a federal law whose main provision prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity, is amended to also cover state and local employees whose salaries include any federal funds - 1940


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

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