Today in Labor History: February 25; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: February 252015.02.23—history-wisc.protesters
A crowd estimated to be 100,000 strong rallied at the Wisconsin state Capitol in protest of what was ultimately was to become a successful push by the state’s Republican majority to cripple public employee bargaining rights – 2011
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Member Tip: Protection From Retaliation
If you think you’re being retaliated against for union activity, be aware that there 2015.02.23—membertip-retaliationsometimes is a difference between what you know actually occurred and what you can prove as a matter of law. You’d be kidding yourself if you thought that there’s never been an instance in which a worker was in fact retaliated against for having engaged in behavior that is legally protected but was unable to prove that the retaliation took place. Still, don’t let this prevent you from asserting your rights. There have been plenty more instances where the agency charged with enforcing a law moved aggressively against an employer trying to prevent an employee from asserting rights under that law. After all, if all employees are successfully intimidated into not using the provisions of the law, that agency becomes useless.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer