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Today in Labor History

Jan. 21, 1974
A four-day strike by 2,000 postal workers at the New Jersey Bulk and Foreign Mail Center in Jersey City began on this date. The “Battle of the Bulk” was caused by postal management’s unilateral changes in workers’ hours and working conditions. The wildcat strike was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”. A federal judge ruled in the union’s favor, directing management to settle the issue through binding arbitration. Union Communication Services

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How Unions Help Moms Take Maternity Leave
Posted On: Oct 31, 2018
Oct. 31, 2018 | BENEFITS | [...] a working woman’s decision whether to take maternity leave is dependent on four factors: availability, awareness, affordability, and assurance. Put another way, if an expecting mother has a paid-maternity-leave benefit available to her, she also has to be aware that the leave exists, she has to be able to afford to take it, and, in the long term, she has to be assured that she won’t be penalized for taking it by losing hours, pay, or promotion opportunities. Drawing from a nationally representative sample of 4,108 workers, researchers found that women represented by unions tend to take leave more often because of activities that aren’t typically found in nonunionized workplaces: Most notably, the presence of union representatives who serve as educators and advocates, as well as union meetings and newsletters… The Atlantic
 
 
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