Today in Labor History: October 2; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: October 22013.09.30—history-starbucks-workers-union
Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists – 2007
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Member Tip: Union Elections
While the decision whether to hold meetings may be left to the discretion of a union, a different rule applies as to holding elections for union officers 2013.09.30—membertip-voteand conducting a referendum on dues increases or other financial assessments of members.  At least for unions covered by the U.S. LMRDA (Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act), there are detailed requirements dealing with the frequency of elections for union officers at all the various levels of a union, and how those elections must be conducted (including requirements as to types of balloting—on the jobsite, by mail, and so forth).  At the local level, your union must provide for election of officers by secret ballot, and it must do so no less frequently than every three years.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer

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