Today in Labor History: May 22
Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., for role in Pullman strike – 1895
(The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who captured the heart and soul of the nation’s working people. He was brilliant, sincere, compassionate and scrupulously honest. A founder of one of the nation’s first industrial unions, the American Railway Union, he went on to help launch the Industrial Workers of the World — the Wobblies. A man of firm beliefs and dedication, he ran for President of the United States five times under the banner of the Socialist Party, in 1912 earning 6 percent of the popular vote.)
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Member Tip: Unwritten Laws of the Workplace
Besides what’s in the contract, or in the employer’s handbook or government regulations, every workplace has its unwritten rules. Just as in everyday life, there are ways of doing things in the workplace that may not be on a page anywhere to read but are accepted by everyone. When you’re waiting to get on an elevator, where is it written that you are required to make way for a parent with a toddler? Nowhere, but people understand that that’s the way it should be, so that’s the way it usually is. Similarly, it may not be written anywhere that it’s okay to knock off a little early on Christmas Eve, or that a phone call to check on your children at home is allowed, but that may have developed into the “law of the shop” in your workplace.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer