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					Labor’s Language: Glossary of Union Terms
   Labor agreements, publications, and
even officials often use terms that are
almost exclusive to the labor arena.To
help stewards feel more comfortable
operating in this area, “Labor’s
Language: A glossary of Labor’s Terms”
is a regular Steward Edition feature.

Sixty Day Notice: According to the
Taft-Hartley Act, when either the com-
                                           Split Shift: Any form of shift work
                                           where there are semi-regular work
                                           hours. In some cases, workers may
                                           work three different shifts in a work
                                           week. A break of several hours is
                                           usually scheduled between the
                                           reporting times of the workers.

                                           Strike Force: A group of volunteer
                                           members who have agreed to help
                                                                                       Struck Work: A term to define a
                                                                                       product which is produced by an
                                                                                       employer during the period of a labor
                                                                                       dispute with employees. An employee
                                                                                       who refuses to handle struck work is
                                                                                       engaged in a sympathy work action.
                                                                                       Workers who refuse to do the work
                                                                                       of workers engaged in a strike may be
                                                                                       replaced; however, they generally can-
                                                                                       not be discharged. Struck work clauses
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                                                                                                                                    United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 876
                                                                                                                                 Stewards Enthusiastic About Local’s New Training Approach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ●   Vol. 5 No. 1 ● Jan. 2009

pany or the union wants to reopen or       picket or leaflet in support of an          in some collective bargaining agree-                                                                                                                      876
terminate a collective bargaining agree-
ment, 60 day notice of this desire must
                                           organizing drive, strike, or other cam-
                                           paign which a local union has initiated.
                                                                                       ments protect the rights of workers
                                                                                       not to handle goods of a struck
                                                                                                                                 Schedule Accelerated, Ideas Implemented                                                    Union Steward
be given to the other party. Further-
                                                                                       employer.There are limitations on such      Based on stewards’ extremely posi-       one skills with members during 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your Name Here
more, under the act, no strike or lock-    Strike Sanction: In order for a local                                                                                                                                            our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Y Employer/Unit Here
                                           union to receive strike benefits from       clauses in Section 8(e) of the National   tive response to Local 876’s new           in preparation for the local’s heavy
out may begin during these 60 days.                                                                                                                                                                                         Your UFCW Local 876 Union
                                           the union's national treasury, the strike   Labor Relations Act.                      approach to steward training, Local        2010 bargaining schedule,” Robinson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Steward has been elected by your
Speed Up: Any system designed to           must be sanctioned by the union's                                                     876 has accelerated the training           said. “Over 80 percent of our mem-             coworkers as your workplace
increase worker productivity without       national executive board.                                                             schedule and is exploring ways to          bership will be involved in contract           union representative. Contact
                                                                                                                                 effectively expand the program.            bargaining next year. During that              your union steward with
an increase in wages.                                                                                                                                                                                                      questions about your union or
                                                                                                                                    “The stewards who attended the          time, we will have critical messages for       contract or to file a grievance.
                                                                                                                                 initial training sessions gave the         stewards to communicate and impor-              For Further Assistance Contact
                                                                                                                                 program such high marks and left the       tant meetings stewards will need to                   UFCW Local 876
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Toll-free: 1.800.321.6406
                                                                                                                                 sessions so genuinely enthused, that       convince their co-workers to attend.                  Fax: 248. 585.0509
                                                                                                                                 we decided to keep the momentum            Much of our success at the bargaining
                          876                                                                                                    going by finishing up round one            table in 2010 will depend on how well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            United Food & Commercial Workers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               International Union Local 876
876 Horace Brown Drive                                                                                                           trainings earlier in the year and having   stewards accomplish these tasks.”
Madison Heights, MI 48071                                                                                                        all session two trainings completed by       The training sessions are also a way     the unit.The local expects all stewards
                                                                                                                                 mid-year,” Roger Robinson, Local 876’s     for stewards to share ideas with one       to have their cards by April.
Roger Robinson                                                                                                                   president said. “We are also working       another, as well as the local. One such      The questionnaire on page three is
President                                                                                                                        with Wayne State University to devel-      idea resulted in the local printing        also the result of training session
                                                                                                                                 op a tool, possibly a DVD, we can use      business cards for all stewards.           conversations with stewards. Several
Rick Blocker                                                                                                                                                                                                           stewards expressed an interest in
                                                                                                                                 with stewards who are unable to              “A steward told the group she
                                                                                                                                 attend the group trainings.”               found the business cards she printed       stepping up their activity as a union
George Misko                                                                                                                        The final two session one classes       and distributed at her workplace a         steward. By completing and returning
Recorder                                                                                                                         will be held in March or April, with all   very effective way of connecting with      the questionnaire, stewards will help
                                                                                                                                 five session two trainings held by July.   members, especially younger work-          the local best serve their individual
1-800-321-6406                                                                                                                   Stewards will be mailed an invitation      ers,” Robinson said. “Everyone in the      circumstances and interests.                                                                                                                  to the training in their area.             room thought it was a great idea, so          “We want to get information to
                                                                                                                                    Stewards will leave session two         we decided to provide business cards       stewards and their co-workers in the
                                                                                                                                 with the opportunity to put the one-       for every steward.”                        most effective, efficient, and economic
                                                                                                                                 on-one skills they learned during the         Printing is currently being complet-    manner possible, and we know that
                                                                                                                                 day to practice, generating turn-out at    ed on the business cards, a sample of      will vary among stewards,” Robinson
                                                                                                                                 a fun union-sponsored event.               which appears on this page. Once           said. “The questionnaire gives
                                                                                                                                    “We want stewards to practice and       printed, cards are delivered by Union      stewards the opportunity to tell us
                                                                                                                                 become comfortable in their one-on-        Representatives on their next visit to     what works best for them.”
Yes We Should: UFCW Michigan Leaders Speak Out on Loans to Big 3                                                                         Local 876 Steward 2009 Questionnaire
  During the December 2008 controversy       Benz and Hyundai to locate assembly          tle or no impact on consumer spending.            Local 876 wants to provide you with information as effectively, efficiently and economically as possible.Your answers to the
surrounding a government loan to Detroit’s   plants there.Why? It was assumed that           But because the value of those              following questions will help us determine the type, quantity and format of information to send you in the future, in addition
automakers, Local 876 President Roger        creating good-paying jobs would pro-         productivity gains have gone dispropor-        to regular steward mailings. After completing your questionnaire, please return it in the accompanying postage paid envelope
Robinson and Local 951 President Marv        duce a robust economy.And guess what         tionately to the wealthy, workers have         by February 1, 2009.
Russow issued a joint commentary on their    -- that is exactly what happened.            become dependent on credit, even for              Please print clearly.
united support for this action.                  So why is it so hard to understand       daily life expenses.The wage stagnation
  The following is their statement as        that eliminating good-paying jobs will       chickens have now come home to roost.          Last Name ______________________________________ First Name _____________________________________
printed in the December 11Detroit News.      have a crippling effect on the economy?         Ironically it is that very same "to-hell-
                                             Why won't any member of the media            with- the-workers" mind-set that               Street Address _________________________________________________________________________________
   We endorse government loans for           even ask Shelby about his potential con-     explains why trillion dollar bailouts for
the Detroit 3 automakers for many rea-       flict of interest? Perhaps he sees putting   Wall Street firms come with no ques-           City _____________________________ State _______________ Zip Code ________________________________
sons. First and foremost, we support         GM, Ford and Chrysler out of business        tions asked about how much their
the UAW workers at GM, Ford and              as a way to weaken unions. No one has        workers make, how they will guarantee          Employer ______________________________________________ Unit Number ____________________________
Chrysler. Unlike some in the media and       asked him about that either.                 that their business will succeed, whether
the Congress, we are well aware that            The foreign-based competitors of the      their executives travel by corporate jet       Telephone Number _______________________________ Email ___________________@_____________________
their paychecks are critical to the econ-    Detroit 3 have younger workers and           or what "sacrifices" they will make.
omy of Michigan. Most of the members         consequently dramatically lower costs for       So, yes government loans for the            Please check all that apply.
we represent in the grocery and retail       health care and retirement.That's just       Detroit 3 would save many, many jobs.
business would be directly affected by       one element of many powerful forces          But maybe, just maybe, the loans would         Mail me:
the loss of good jobs.                       working to drive down wages and living       also be a baby step toward restoring                   ❒ Copies of the bi-monthly Local 876 Bulletin to distribute to my co-workers.
   It is stunning to us that so many fail    standards for all U.S. working families.     some balance to both the theory and
to see the ripple effect that the collapse      The decades-long downward pressure        the practice of what it takes to have a                ❒ Postings to put up on the union bulletin board at my workplace.
of the Detroit 3 would have on jobs          on wages is the underlying cause of the      healthy consumer-driven economy.
and the economy.The transformational         economic crisis. If workers were paid        Maybe, just maybe, we could begin to                   ❒ Handbills to distribute to my co-workers.
steps taken already by the Detroit 3         the true value of the productivity           shift back to a country where workers
and the UAW to adapt to new realities        improvements made in recent times,           can truly afford the goods and services        Send me electronic copies of:
in the transportation industry have          "frozen" credit markets would have lit-      that we and other workers produce.                    ❒ The bi-monthly Local 876 Bulletin that I will print at home and distribute to my co-workers.
brought year after year of significant job
and income loss.                                              Help Spread the Word!                                                              ❒ Postings that I will print at home and put up on the union bulletin board at my workplace.
   How do we know that? Many of our
members come from UAW families.We
see it as well in the reduced spending
                                                     2009 UFCW Local 876                                                                         ❒ Handbills that I will print at home and distribute to my co-workers.

and the reduced traffic in the retail and      Scholarship Applications Available                                                        ❒ I would be willing to sell tickets to Local 876 events scheduled in my area to my co-workers.
grocery stores where most of our
                                                Stewards should make sure every member is familiar with the Local 876
members work.                                                                                                                            ❒ I would like to receive electronic copies of Local 876 publications (in addition to those sent to my home)
                                              Scholarship Program which annually awards five $2,000 scholarships to eligible
   Because we are union leaders we also
                                              members and their dependent children accepted or attending an accredited
stand for fairness.We have been                                                                                                          Local 876 regularly sends electronic updates to members on a variety of topics. Please put a check mark next to the updates
                                              college, university (under-graduate or graduate), community college,or recognized
appalled at the hypocrisy. Many of the                                                                                                   you would like to receive via email.
                                              trade school on a full-time or part-time basis.
Detroit 3's loudest critics come from
                                                “Not only is the scholarship program a great example of how Local 876 works
states that have spent hundreds of mil-                                                                                                          ❒ Local 876 Member Info Network                          ❒ Steward Updates
                                              for our members, the awards make a real difference in the recipients’ lives,” Roger
lions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize
                                              Robinson, Local 876’s president, said.“Stewards need to do all they can to pro-
the foreign-based competitors of GM,                                                                                                             ❒ Political and Legislative Update                       ❒ Detroit Grocery Store Initiative
                                              mote the program, especially among members who are going to school.”
Ford and Chrysler. Sen. Richard Shelby,
                                                Flyers and posters detailing the scholarship program, along with 2009 scholar-
R-Ala., is a good example.Alabama has                                                                                                            ❒ UFCW Local 876 Young Workers
                                              ship applications can be requested from the union office at 1-800-321-6406.
provided massive subsidies to Mercedes

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