But all too often, store managers at Giant and Safeway do not post the schedule on time, or they make changes to the schedule without telling employees individually. This not only makes it harder for the workers to plan their week, but it is a serious violation of their union contract.
Recently, after Local 400 decided to find out how many store managers violate the union contract when creating a schedule for the week, the union discovered 46 stores with schedule violations in a single day. The union is not only filing grievances to make sure every reported violation is addressed, but, as part of ongoing contract negotiations, Local 400 is proposing real penalties when managers do not post schedules on time.
On today’s local labor calendar, there’s a “#WeNeedNine” action at the Supreme Court this morning at 8:30; get details and the complete line-up of labor events at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1927, work began on the carving of Mount Rushmore, a task 400 craftsmen would eventually complete in 1941. Despite the dangerous nature of the project, not one worker died.
In 1961, the United Mine Workers of America voted to re-affiliate with the AFL-CIO after years of on-and-off conflict with the federation. In 2009 the union’s leader, Richard Trumka, became AFL-CIO President.
Today’s labor quote is by Robert Reich
“Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together.”
American political commentator, professor, and author Robert Reich served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.