Today in Labor History: September 23; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: September 23 
A coalition of Knights of Labor and trade unionists in Chicago launch the United Labor party, calling for an 8-hour day, government ownership of telegraph and telephone companies, and monetary and land reform. The party elects seven state assembly men and one senator – 1886

Member Tip: Membership and Dues in Your Union Contract
Your union contract will specify what requirements there may be, and what procedures must be followed, for joining or quitting the union, or for paying dues or fees to the union. Most workplaces nowadays provide for dues checkoff—that is, a procedure for having your dues deducted directly from your pay. Your contract will include the procedures that apply to this process as well.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer