Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl
An unexpected friendship between two Italian and Jewish immigrant girls provides the backdrop for this story of labor organizing and women’s growing activism. While working in harsh sweatshops and factories, the young women also experienced the thrills of movies, amusement parks and dance halls. As their numbers in the workforce grew and working conditions declined they took matters into their own hands. In 1909, garment workers staged the “Uprising of the 20,000,” a massive strike that won union recognition and transformed the role of women in the union movement. Watch the trailer below.
Union Steward Availability
There is no set rule for how many stewards you’ll find in a particular workplace, or how many will have responsibility for particular work areas. Sometimes there is a natural organization of the workplace—such as a well-defined work unit, or a particular work shift or one building separated from the rest of a larger facility—so that it makes sense for stewards to be assigned on that basis. So it may be that stewards where you work function according to workplace geography—a steward may be responsible for all union members on a particular floor of a building, for example. Maybe your steward is one who handles matters that directly affect everyone who does your type of job—such as all accountants in a particular government agency, or all nurses aides on a particular wing of a nursing home—or maybe your steward deals with everyone who works on your shift.
—Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer