Today in Labor History: October 1; Member Tip

2014.09.29—history-l.a.times.bldgToday in Labor History: October 1
An ink storage room in the L.A. Times building is dynamited during a citywide fight over labor rights and organizing.  The explosion was relatively minor, but it set off a fire in the unsafe, difficult-to-evacuate building, ultimately killing 21.  A union member eventually confessed to the bombing, which he said was supposed to have occurred early in the morning when the building would have been largely unoccupied – 1910
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Member Tip: Work Schedules, Benefits and Your Contract
Your work schedule may well be covered in great detail in your union 2014.09.29—membertip-bldg.trades.wrkrcontract.  There may be very specific language dictating who can be assigned or who can choose to work on particular days or times, along with pay levels attached to night, weekend or holiday shifts.  Supplementing laws already on the books, your contract may define “overtime” and regulate its use/abuse and any extra compensation that comes into play.  Depending on the type of work that you do, your contract may guarantee a certain amount of time to get ready to begin work or to wash up at the end of a shift, may define and specify compensation for being “on call” or for traveling to a particular worksite, or may set mileage reimbursement levels or per diem rates for travel.  There may well be a similar level of detail for benefits.  Sometimes an appendix to the contract will list what’s covered and what’s not in the health care plan, life insurance and disability policies, and other benefits.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer

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