Today in Labor History: June 3; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: June 3
A federal child labor law, enacted two years earlier, was declared unconstitutional – 1918
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Member Tip: Whistleblowing
A “whistleblower” is an employee who gives information to the public, the news media, or a government agency about some employer activity that is illegal or improper. Because 2015.06.01-membertip-whistlethe disclosure of information about corruption, cost overruns, or production of defective or harmful products can seriously damage an employer, you often see retaliation against whistleblowers. But the U.S. Constitution and many federal, state and local laws provide protection for at least some people who blow the whistle. Since the stakes are often high, be very cautious if you are thinking of “going public” with sensitive information. Don’t go around chatting with those who don’t have a “need to know”; consult in confidence with a union officer or with an attorney of your choosing for expert guidance on the best and safest way to get out the information you have.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer