Today in Labor History: March 11; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: March 112015.03.09—history-luddites-smashing-machine
Luddites smash 63 “labor saving” textile machines near Nottingham, England – 1811
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Member Tip: Keeping Your Employer Honest
Arbitrations can be quite time consuming, and can eat up large chunks of the union treasury. So, all things being equal, it’s almost always better if problems can be tackled and resolved right when they arise: the results are quicker and less costly, and you and your co-workers get to enjoy whatever benefits result more quickly. But it will always be necessary to take at least some grievance cases to arbitration. Sometimes the employer just won’t give in at the outset. So if a problem is important enough, the union needs to have the resolve to take the case all the way to a final arbitration decision. Also, it’s necessary from time to time to fight a case to the end—and win it—to keep the employer honest the next time a workplace grievance arises.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer