Today in Labor History: October 21; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: October 212014.10.20—
Wisconsin dairy farmers begin their third strike of the year in an attempt to raise the price of milk paid to producers during the Great Depression.  Several creameries were bombed before the strike ended a month later. The economy eventually improved, allowing the farmers to make more money – 1933
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Member Tip: Public Employees, Bargaining, and Strikes
For public employees, often the services of a mediator or a fact-finder (someone who holds a mini-hearing where each side presents the facts and arguments to justify its bargaining positions) is required as a matter of law for the collective bargaining process. And sometimes in the public sector, when the parties are unable to see eye to eye, an outside arbitrator (like a judge) or a government agency has the power to set the terms of what the new contract will be. Some public employees ultimately have the legal right to strike, but many don’t. And some that don’t have the legal right to strike routinely do so, anyway.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer