Today in Labor History: June 10; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: June
President Kennedy signs a law mandating equal pay to women who are performing the same jobs as men (Equal Pay Act) – 1963
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Member Tip: Which Cases Go to Arbitration, and Which Don’t
By necessity, unions are forced to be quite selective about which cases get processed all the way to arbitration. Depending on the size of the workplace, dozens or even hundreds of grievances may be filed each year. Cases that go all the way to arbitration are quite time consuming and can cost the union treasury many thousands of dollars. In deciding which cases can be taken to arbitration, unions must take into account quite a few factors. Obviously, one prime consideration in choosing whether a particular case can justify the time and expense involved in going to arbitration is how likely it is that the case will come up a winner. All things being equal, a grievance that is likely to be a slam dunk before an arbitrator is a far more likely prospect to be taken that far than a case that is a long shot.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer