Today in Labor History: September 4
More than 140 attendees at a benefit for a civil rights group are injured in the “Peekskill Riots” in Peekskill, N.Y. The victims were among the 20,000 people leaving a concert featuring African-American Paul Robeson, well-known for his strong pro-unionism, civil rights activism and left-wing affiliations. The departing concert-goers had to drive through a miles-long gauntlet of rock-throwing racists and others chanting “go on back to Russia, you niggers” and “white niggers” – 1949
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Member Tip: What Grievances Can Cover
A grievance is not a device for curing whatever ails you; your contract itself will have a definition of what is and is not covered by the grievance procedure. The most favorable definition of the scope of a grievance – though not the most common one – gives you the right to use the contract grievance procedure to challenge any area of concern connected to your workplace life. More commonly, a grievance will be defined in a more narrow fashion, covering at most only challenges to specific provisions in the contract.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer