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    Today's Labor History


    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: SCOTUS bans LGBTQ workplace discrimination; Queer history of the UAW.
    Last week’s show: Painters join Black Lives Matter protests; the history of black police in America; Race and Rebellion.

    June 27
    The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," is founded at a convention in Chicago. The Wobblie motto: "An injury to one is an injury to all." - 1905
    Congress passes the National Labor Relations Act, creating the structure for collective bargaining in the United States - 1935

    A 26-day strike of New York City hotels by 26,000 workers – the first such walkout in 50 years – ends with a five-year contract calling for big wage and benefit gains - 1985

    A.E. Staley locks out 763 workers in Decatur, Ill. The lockout was to last two and one-half years – 1993


    June 28
    Birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter - 1850

    President Grover Cleveland signs legislation declaring Labor Day an official U.S. holiday - 1894

    The federal government sues the Teamsters to force reforms on the union, the nation's largest. The following March, the government and the union sign a consent decree requiring direct election of the union's president and creation of an Independent Review Board - 1988


    June 29
    What is to be a 7-day streetcar strike begins in Chicago after several workers are unfairly fired. Wrote the police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs: "One of my men said he was at the corner of Halsted and Madison Streets, and although he could see fifty stones in the air, he couldn't tell where they were coming from." The strike was settled to the workers’ satisfaction - 1885

    An Executive Order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the National Labor Relations Board. A predecessor organization, the National Labor Board, established by the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act in 1933, was struck down by the Supreme Court - 1934

    IWW strikes Weyerhauser and other Idaho lumber camps - 1936

    Jesus Pallares, founder of the 8,000-member coal miners union, Liga Obrera de Habla Esanola, is deported as an "undesirable alien." The union operated in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado - 1936


    - David Prosten

    Today's Labor Quote: Emma Goldman

    “When we can't dream any longer we die.”

    The women's rights activist and radical was born in Lithuania on June 27, 1869. She came to the U.S. at age 17.
  • OPM - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance
    Updated On: Mar 16, 2020

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance | CHCOC

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance

    Saturday, March 7, 2020
    CPM 2020-05
    MEMORANDUM FOR: 
    HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
    From: 
    DALE CABANISS, DIRECTOR
    Subject: 
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance

    This memorandum and attached questions and answers provides additional guidance for Federal agencies on how to respond to the impacts of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the Federal workforce. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to remind the American public that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.  (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.)  However, it remains critically important that the Federal Government continues to strengthen its efforts to protect the Federal workforce and ensure continuity of operations (COOP).  Therefore, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is providing additional guidance on COVID-19 to the Federal workforce to supplement our previously issued guidance.  (See CPM 2020-01, CPM 2020-02, and CPM 2020-04 at www.opm.gov/covid19.) 

    The questions and answers attached to this memorandum reflect the various inquiries OPM has received from agencies and employees regarding COVID-19 and human resources policies.  The topics discussed include: 

    • Determination of COVID-19 as a Quarantinable Communicable Disease;
    • Telework;
    • Sick Leave and Other Time Off;
    • Weather and Safety Leave;
    • Evacuation Payments;
    • Employee Relations;
    • Hazardous Duty Pay;
    • Workplace Protections; and
    • Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP). 

    Agencies are strongly encouraged to continue reviewing and updating their emergency and COOP plans, as needed.  The successful incorporation of telework and “social distancingâ€� in COOP and emergency planning will allow the Federal Government to continue functioning efficiently and effectively, while ensuring the health and safety of employees.  Agency COOP plans should have telework fully incorporated so that as many employees as possible are working during a COOP activation.  

    Agencies should immediately review their current telework policies and ensure that written telework agreements are in place for as many employees as possible.  Agencies are strongly encouraged to sign situational (ad hoc) telework agreements with all telework eligible employees currently without a signed telework agreement.  Further, agencies should reassess their factors for determining telework eligibility to determine if additional categories of employees may be classified as telework eligible.  Finally, OPM encourages agencies to take steps to prepare all telework-ready employees to effectively telework and have access to agency IT systems and networks, as may be necessary, should the conditions from COVID-19 so warrant a Federal office closure.  For additional information, please see OPM’s Governmentwide Dismissal and Closure Procedures (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/reference-materials/handbooks/dcdismissal.pdf).  

    As this is a rapidly evolving situation, OPM will continue to assist and inform agencies and employees regarding the potential impacts of and available responses to COVID-19.  OPM will also update our website on a frequent basis to provide the latest guidance and additional questions and answers.  The latest guidance and question and answers will be posted here: www.opm.gov/covid19.  To sign up for alerts on OPM guidance, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/#url=Listserv. 

    Additional Information 

    Agency headquarters-level human resources offices may contact OPM at pay-leave-policy@opm.gov with additional questions or clarifications.  Agency field offices should contact their appropriate headquarters-level agency human resources office.  Individual employees should contact their agency human resources office.  OPM and the Office of Management and Budget will continue to host periodic interagency calls concerning questions and issues that arise about relevant human resource issues.  

    cc:  Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs), Deputy CHCOs, Human Resources Directors, Work-Life Coordinators, Telework Managers, and Federal Executive Boards 

    Attachment:  See 508-conformant PDF below.

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