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
STEWARD EDITION 876
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
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.
www.ufcw876.org 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