Today in Labor History: February 10
Forty workers are killed on Staten Island, N.Y., when a huge storage tank filled with liquefied gas explodes – 1973
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Labor Tool: Union Steward Business Cards
Greet new employees with more than a handshake: present them with your own business card, establishing the union’s presence on the job and your own vital role in the workplace. Make sure long-time members have one for ready reference as well.
On the front of the sturdy two-color card is space for you to put all the contact information the member needs to call you or another union representative into action: Your name (and the union’s name), your phone number(s), the union office (or officer) numbers and the union’s website—local and/or national. On the other side of the card is the all-important Weingarten statement, so the member has immediate access to the proper response if threatened with potential disciplinary action.