Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition2014.12.15—history-greyhound-strike
December 19—A 47-day strike at Greyhound Bus Lines ends with members of the
Amalgamated Transit Union accepting a new contract containing deep cuts in wages and benefits. Striker Ray Phillips died during the strike, run over on a picket line by a scab Greyhound trainee – 1983
December 20—The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive in Hawaii. By 1932 more than 100,000 Filipinos will be working in the fields – 1906
2014.12.15—history-thread.spinningDecember 21—Powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the state were youngsters, many working for less than $1 per week – 1790
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Labor Video: Don’t Look Down2014.12.15—video-danger
You’ll be both fascinated and horrified to see how these construction workers in Nepal do their jobs. Click here to watch the video.

Today in Labor History: December 18; Labor Humor

Today in Labor History: December 182014.12.15—history-gm.plant.closing
General Motors announces it is closing 21 North American plants over the following four years and slashing tens of thousands of jobs – 1991
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Labor Humor: The Union-buster’s Complaint
A union-buster had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table he had a near-death experience.
Seeing God, he asked, “Is my time up?”
2014.12.15—humor-pearlygates+++God answered, “No, you have another 40 years, two months and eight days to live.”
+++Upon recovery, the union-buster decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, tummy tuck and even had someone come in and do hair implants. Since he had so much more time to live, the union-buster figured he might as well make the most of it.
+++After his last operation, the union-buster was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on his way home, he was hit by a car and died instantly. Arriving in front of God, the union-buster angrily said, “I thought you said I had another 40 years! Why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the car?”
+++God replied, “I didn’t recognize you.”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!

Today in Labor History: December 17; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: December 17
Int’l Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merges with United Steelworkers of America – 1996
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Member Tip: Interest-based Bargaining2014.12.15—membertip-interest.bargaining
The interest-based bargaining style of negotiation is based on the belief that the parties to a collective bargaining relationship have a joint interest in sharing information and in working together cooperatively to come up with mutually satisfactory resolutions to the issues before them. Because of the cooperation that underlies interest-based bargaining, negotiations that conclude successfully using this model often lead to a less confrontational and more productive relationship between the employer and the union long after the contract is signed.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer

Today in Labor History: December 16

The National Civic Federation is formed by business and labor leaders, most prominently AFL president Sam Gompers, as a vehicle to resolve conflicts between management and labor. Not all unionists agreed with the alliance. The group turned increasingly conservative and labor withdrew after Gompers’ 1924 death – 1900

2014.12.15—history-majesticNew York City’s Majestic Theater becomes first in the U.S. to employ women ushers – 1902

The Bagel Bakers of America union is continuing a work slowdown at 32 of New York’s 34 bagel bakeries in a dispute over health and welfare fund payments and workplace sanitation, the New York Times reports. Coincidentally—or not—lox sales were down 30 percent to 50 percent as well. The effect on the cream cheese market was not reported – 1951

Four railway unions merge to become the United Transportation Union: Trainmen, Firemen & Enginemen, Switchmen, and Conductors and Brakemen – 1968

Eight female bank tellers in Willmar, Minn., begin the first strike against a bank in U.S. history. At issue: they were paid little more than half what male tellers were paid. The strike ended in moral victory but economic defeat two years later – 1977 2014.12.15—history-united.apart
(United Apart: Gender and the Rise of Craft Unionism: At the turn of the twentieth century, American factory workers were often segregated by sex—males did heavier, dirtier, and better paid, work while women might be employed in a separate area performing related, lighter work. Men might cut bolts of fabric, for example, while women stitched cuffs onto sleeves. How this division of labor played out when an occupational group comprised of one sex went on strike is the subject of this book.)
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Today in Labor History: December 15; Cool Labor Site

Today in Labor History: December 152014.12.15—history-amazon.army
The Kansas National Guard is called out to subdue from 2,000 to 6,000 protesting women who were going from mine to mine attacking non-striking miners in the Pittsburgh coal fields. The women made headlines across the state and the nation: they were christened the “Amazon Army” by the New York Times – 1921
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2014.12.15—website-a.philip.randolphCool Labor Site: A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is a cultural institution whose mission is to promote, honor and celebrate the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and contributions made by African-Americans to America’s labor movement; with a significant focus on the African American Railroad Employee. http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/

Today in Labor History: Weekend Editon; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
2014.12.08—history-swiftDecember 12—A U.S. immigration sweep of six Swift meat plants results in arrests of nearly 1,300 undocumented workers – 2006
December 13—Death in San Antonio, Texas, of Samuel Gompers, president and founder of the American Federation of Labor – 1924
December 14—Some 33,000 striking members of the Machinists end a 69-day walkout at Boeing after winning pay and benefit increases and protections against subcontracting some of their work overseas – 1995
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Labor Video: Goodbye Airline Jobs?2014.12.08—video-deny.nai
The U.S. maritime industry has been nearly wiped out by “flags of convenience.” Now, says the Air Line Pilots Association, there’s an effort to do the same thing to the U.S. aviation industry. Click here to watch the video.

Today in Labor History: December 11; Labor Humor

Today in Labor History: December 112014.12.08—history-colored-farmers-alliance
A small group of black farmers organize the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Cooperative Union in Houston County, Texas. They had been barred from membership in the all-white Southern Farmers’ Alliance. Through intensive organizing, along with merging with another black farmers group, the renamed Colored Alliance by 1891 claimed a membership of 1.2 million – 1886
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2014.12.08—humor-grizzly.bearLabor Humor: Some Days You Eat the Bear
Two union-busters are out for a stroll when a bear crashes out of the brush and heads right for them. The union-busters scramble up the nearest tree, but the bear starts climbing up after them.
+++The first union-buster starts taking off his expensive Gucci loafers and the second union-buster gives him a puzzled look and says, “What in the world are you doing?”
+++He replies, “I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll jump down and make a run for it.”
+++The second union-buster says, “Are you crazy? We both know you can’t outrun a full-grown grizzly bear.”
+++The first union-buster says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I only have to outrun you!”
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!