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Wednesday Wisdom: Ike to the American Federation of Labor
“I have no use for those — regardless of their political party — who hold some foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when unorganized labor was a huddled, almost helpless mass.” Dwight Eisenhower, Speech to the American Federation of Labor, New York City, September 17, 1952 Read more
Wednesday Wisdom: Martin Luther King Jr. on the Vital Importance of Union Recognition
[U]nion recognition meant the real beginning. Union meant strength, and recognition meant the employer’s acknowledgment of that strength, and the two meant the opportunity to fight again for further gains with united and multiplied power. As contract followed contract, the pay envelope fattened and fringe benefits and job rights grew to the mature work standards of today. All of these started with… Read more
Your Weingarten Rights Turned 40 Today!
You Are Being Asked Questions That Might Lead To Disciplinary Action: What Do You Do? If you believe that discipline will result from a meeting with management/administration (in legalese, “an investigatory interview”), you can insist that a union representative be present during this interview. This is part of your “Weingarten Rights,” which references the 1975… Read more
Wednesday Wisdom: Martin Luther King Jr. on the Organization of Unions
“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of… Read more
Reminder: AAUP-UC Survey Deadline is Sunday, February 15, 2015
Reminder: For All AAUP-UC Bargaining Unit Members: Please be sure to fill out the AAUP-UC survey by Sunday, February 15, 2015. This survey about your working conditions and contract issues is important for negotiations and addressing your concerns. If you did not receive the survey via email on February 4th, or if you have questions… Read more
Wednesday Wisdom: Martin Luther King Jr. on the Labor Movement
“History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation, but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who today attack labor forget these… Read more