UE Political Action Updates


Two Important Virtual Events for Healthcare Justice

May 23, 2024

Over the next two weeks, UE-allied organizations will be holding two important events about how to fix our broken healthcare system and how to fight back against new corporate initiatives to take advantage of seniors — both of which you can join from the comfort of your home!

The annual Medicare for All Strategy Conference sponsored by Healthcare Now will be held virtually from May 28-June 1. On Monday, June 3, at 8pm Eastern Time, the Labor Campaign for Single Payer and other groups will be holding a webinar titled “Taking Advantage: How corporate health insurers harm America's seniors.”

Local 150 Holds Political Action Day at State Legislature

May 17, 2024

UE Local 150 members from the Department of Health and Human Services and the University of North Carolina held a political action day at the state legislature on Thursday, May 16 to urge their representatives to take action to improve working conditions for public-sector workers around the state. Members gave speeches and chanted outside the capitol on the front lawn to call attention to their unlivable wages and working conditions.

UE Ally Summer Lee Defeats Billionaire-Backed Primary Challenge

April 24, 2024

“Our Congresswoman Summer Lee fights tirelessly for … the working class people and their families in our district, in our state and in our country,” said Local 610 President Antwon Gibson. “UE Local 610 is proud to once again endorse the People’s Champion, Summer Lee, for Congress.” The UE Eastern Region also endorsed Lee’s re-election campaign.

Retired Local 1107 Officer Appears in Ad Opposing Social Security Cuts

April 3, 2024

A new ad urging Congressman Derrick Van Orden (R-WI) to stop supporting efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare features retired UE Local 1107 officer Joni Anderson.

“I spent almost 30 years on my feet working hard at the factory,” Anderson says in the video. “I paid into Social Security with every paycheck.”

“Derrick Van Orden’s plan would slash Medicare and Social Security,” she continues in a voice-over, “but Van Orden voted for huge tax breaks for corporations.”

Senator Sanders Introduces Legislation to Establish 32-Hour Work Week

March 19, 2024

On Thursday, March 14, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) convened the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to discuss new legislation he has introduced to establish a 32-hour work week with no loss in pay. UE has long supported shortening the work week, and UE policy includes the demand for just such legislation.

The first panelist to testify at the hearing was UAW President Shawn Fain, whose union “raised the flag” for a 32-hour work week during their historic “stand up strike” against the Big Three automakers last year.

Labor Network for Ceasefire Webinar Recording Now Available

March 13, 2024

On February 22nd, the National Labor Network for Ceasefire held its first public event, a webinar with UAW president Shawn Fain and NEA president Becky Pringle. Shawn Fain was the first panelist to speak and took the question head on of why an international conflict should concern US workers. “Our fight is a fight for all of humanity, whether it is a contract campaign or an issue like this.”

UE, Six Other National Unions Launch Ceasefire Effort

February 16, 2024

UE is one of seven national unions which announced the formation of the National Labor Network for Ceasefire (NLNC) today, along with over two hundred local unions. The aim of the network is to “end the death and devastation” in the Middle East, and to expand support for the ceasefire among unions nationally.

“This is the biggest expression for peace by the labor movement in a full generation,” UE General President Carl Rosen told a press conference in February, as Chicago-area labor leaders successfully pressed their city council to pass a resolution in support of a ceasefire.

UE Members Take Action for Palestine Ceasefire

December 15, 2023

“In no other country is it more true that we, the workers, have a direct say in the plight of Palestinians,” declared Janvi Madhani of UE Local 197-Teachers and Researchers United at a press conference yesterday in the nation’s capital. “Our hard-earned tax dollars go directly towards the bombs being dropped in Gaza but not towards healthcare, housing, or education at home.”

Madhani was representing UE at a press conference, Unions for Ceasefire Now, organized by Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO).

Labor Calls for Ceasefire in Israel and Palestine Grow

November 21, 2023

In the month since UE and UFCW Local 3000 initiated a labor call for a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine, it has been signed by unions across the country, including the Chicago Teachers Union, UAW Regions 6 and 9A, SEIU-United Service Workers West (USWW), IBEW Local 520, and more. In calling for a ceasefire, U.S. unions are joining unions around the world, many of whom have also issued statements and taken action demanding an end to the violence.