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STEWARD UPDATE WEEKLY 10/31/18
Posted On: Oct 31, 2018

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Wednesday October 31, 2018

From the Steward Update Arbitration Reporter
Unilateral Change in Insurance Deductibles Nixed
When a union contract clearly sets health insurance deductibles at a certain level, an employer may not raise those deductible limits when it changes insurance plans. An employer eliminated one of its two options for employee health insurance, thereby requiring all workers to accept a plan with higher deductibles for family coverage. An arbitrator found the action improper and ordered the company to honor the contractual deductibles and reimburse employees or dependents for losses incurred.

Labor Quote
Pay Should Reflect Effort
"We are not complaining about the work. We want to see our hard work reflected in our pay."
—Emmett J. Bogdon of NALC Branch 116, Indiana

Labor Cartoon
H.L. Schwadron

Steward Tip
Witness for the Union
There are all kinds of unions and union contracts and ways that unions and employers deal with discipline cases. As varied as they may be, one of the things most of them have in common is using witnesses to get to the bottom of what happened and what should be done about it. How these witnesses perform can have a major impact on the outcome of your case, so you’ve got to be especially careful about selecting and using them.
Does the witness possess the factual information needed to make your case?
The best witness offers information that can be viewed in one way only. Even if that isn’t the case, you need to encourage as much clarity as possible.
Will the witness’ appearance contribute to your case?
If the answer is no, why are you calling that witness?
Will the witness testify in a credible and believable manner?
In most cases where you use a witness, the story will not be decided on who told the truth and who lied, but on who was considered more believable by a hearing officer, arbitrator or other third party.
—Excerpted from The Union Steward’s Complete Guide (2nd Edition, Updated)

Today in Labor History

October 30
Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs - 1986

The fishing boat Andrea Gail, out of Gloucester, Mass., is caught in ferocious storm and lost at sea with her crew of six. The event inspired the book, “The Perfect Storm,” by Sebastian Junger, and a film by the same name. The city of Gloucester has lost more than 10,000 whalers and fishermen to the sea over its 350-year history - 1991


October 31
George Henry Evans publishes the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in luxury and idleness” and those “groaning under the oppressions and miseries imposed on them.” - 1829
 
Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville - 1891
 

After 14 years of labor by 400 stone masons, the Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed in Keystone, S.D.- 1941
 
The Upholsterers Int’l Union merges into the United Steelworkers - 1949
 
Int'l Alliance of Bill Posters, Billers & Distributors of the United States & Canada surrenders its AFL-CIO charter and is disbanded - 1971
 
November 01

In the nation’s first general strike for a 10-hour day, 300 armed Irish longshoremen marched through the streets of Philadelphia calling on other workers to join them.  Some 20,000 did, from clerks to bricklayers to city employees and other occupations.  The city announced a 10-hour workday within the week; private employers followed suit three weeks later – 1835

Thirty-seven Black striking Louisiana sugar workers are murdered when Louisiana militia, aided by bands of "prominent citizens," shoot unarmed workers trying to get a dollar-per-day wage. Two strike leaders are lynched - 1887
 

Malbone tunnel disaster in New York City; inexperienced scab motorman crashes five-car train during strike, 97 killed, 255 injured - 1918
 
Some 400,000 soft coal miners strike for higher wages and shorter hours - 1919
 
United Stone & Allied Products Workers of America merge with United Steelworkers of America - 1972
 
The UAW begins what was to become a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester. The union turned back company demands for weakened work rules, mandatory overtime - 1979
 
Honda assembles the first-ever Japanese car manufactured in a U.S. plant, in Marysville, Ohio - 1982
 


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

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