Today in Labor History: November 19; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: November 19
Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize.” – 1915
(The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon: 2014.11.17—history-joehill.bookcoverThis is the definitive, well-illustrated biography of Joe Hill, legendary American songwriter and labor hero, with explosive new evidence pointing to his innocence of the crime for which he was executed nearly a century ago.
+++In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World—the radical Wobblies. Following four years of intensive investigation, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never before published documentary evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him.)
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Member Tip: How Dues are Determined
Sometimes dues are set at a flat dollar amount. If your union uses this approach, then you 2014.11.17—membertip-stampand all your co-workers pay the identical amount in dues, regardless of the fact that your earnings vary by quite a bit. Rather than setting dues at a dollar amount, some unions establish dues as a percentage of salary. When this method is used, everyone in the bargaining unit pays dues based on the same percentage. Your union may use a variation, with the amount of union dues determined by brackets of earnings.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer