Over at Howard University Hospital, contract negotiations can finally begin, now that the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Interns, Residents, Chief Residents, and Fellows are represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents. Dr. Nnaemeka Madubata, an internal medicine resident, said that "Though it will be hard, the negotiation process will be something that will be beneficial to all parties involved including residents, Howard University Hospital, and above all else, our patients."
Here’s this week's Labor Quiz: As of 2014, which state had the highest percentage of union members employed? Was it California; Hawaii; Wisconsin; Michigan or New York? Go to unionist.com, click on Labor Quiz and you could be next week's winner!
In today's labor history, in what may have been baseball’s first labor strike, the Detroit Tigers refused to play after team leader Ty Cobb was suspended on this date in 1912: he went into the stands and beat a fan who had been heckling him. Cobb was reinstated and the Tigers went back to work after the team manager’s failed attempt to replace the players with a local college team, whose pitcher gave up 24 runs. According to Cobb, this incident led to the formation of a players' union, the "Ballplayers' Fraternity," an early version of what is now called the Major League Baseball Players Association, and garnered some concessions from the owners.
Today's labor quote is by Ty Cobb:
"Sure, I fought. I had to fight all my life just to survive. They were all against me. Tried every dirty trick to cut me down, but I beat the bastards and left them in the ditch."
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This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
Starting May 27, 2015, your employer must provide you with a written notice of the terms of your employment. This notice must be on an official form from the DC government, and it must include details such as your wage rate and when you will be paid.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.