UE Political Action Updates


UE Ally Summer Lee Beats Multimillion-Dollar Smear Campaign to Win Congressional Nomination

June 11, 2022

Summer Lee, a strong UE ally and champion of the working class, won the Democratic primary for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 12th District on May 17. The hard-fought campaign saw millions of dollars of out-of-state “dark money” pouring into the state in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to defeat her.

Privateers “REACHing” for Medicare

June 2, 2022

Medicare — the enormously popular government insurance system which has provided healthcare for our nation’s elderly population for over fifty years — could be effectively handed over to Wall Street within less than a decade, thanks to an under-the-radar program called “REACH.” Call your member of Congress today at (202) 224-3121, and tell them to take action to stop REACH.

Sanders Introduces 2022 Medicare for All Bill in Senate

May 20, 2022

In the midst of a pandemic that has claimed nearly one million American lives – more than one third of which have been linked to a lack of health insurance – Senantor Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and fourteen other Senators introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2022 on May 12. The bill will guarantee health care to everyone in the United States as a fundamental human right.

Court Decision is Attack on Women, Rights of All People

May 10, 2022

UE condemns the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. It is an indefensible attack on the right of women and pregnant people to control their own bodies, one of the most fundamental of liberties. Furthermore, the opinion, which overturns a half century of settled law, signals that this unelected group of six right-wing justices sees none of our rights as untouchable.

UE Members Encouraged to Attend June Moral March on Washington

April 18, 2022

In a letter sent to UE locals at the beginning of the month, UE’s national officers encouraged all UE locals to mobilize for the June 18 Moral March on Washington to demand that elected officials meet the needs of the working class. The march will be led by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, a longtime ally who has spoken at UE conventions and supported the work of UE locals.

UE Local 610 Endorses Summer Lee for Congress

March 18, 2022

UE Local 610, which represents workers at Wabtec’s production facilities in Wilmerding and Greensburg, has endorsed UE ally Summer Lee’s campaign for Congress. “We know that Summer stands not only for the people but with the people, and we know the power of the people is greater than the people in power,” said Local 610 President Antwon Gibson. “For that reason, UE Local 610 endorses Summer Lee for Congress.in the 12th District.”

A Real Program to Fight Inflation

February 24, 2022

Inflation has become a big issue for many working people, with two thirds of respondents in a recent poll identifying it as a major concern for them personally. Of particular concern is the fact that inflation is especially high for the daily essentials for working people, with increases in the cost of gasoline, utilities, transportation, and meat, poultry and fish all well above the overall inflation rate. However, the corporate press largely ignores the role of corporate profits and price-gouging in driving inflation, and the main solution offered — raising interest rates — would be a disaster for working people.

Eastern Region, Local 667 Endorse Summer Lee for Congress

February 21, 2022

Last Thursday, in a unanimous vote, the executive board of UE’s Eastern Region voted to endorse State Representative Summer Lee’s bid to become the first Black woman elected to Congress from the state of Pennsylvania. Earlier that day, the membership of UE Local 667 also voted to endorse Lee. “She has been a stalwart supporter of labor, and particularly UE and our principles,” Eastern Region President George Waksmunski told the UE NEWS. “She's just what we need … She's going to support us on every issue that is near and dear to our hearts.”

Register Today for the 2022 Medicare for All Strategy Conference

February 3, 2022

UE has long supported a Medicare for All, single-payer plan to provide healthcare to all. The need to fix our broken healthcare system has become even more critical as the pandemic has further laid bare the weakness of the employer-based system.

The 2022 Medicare for All Strategy Conference will be held from April 2-3, virtually. This will be an important place to meet with other labor and healthcare activists to strategize how to win this fight. This year’s conference will be held online, making it accessible to any UE member who wishes to attend.

Eastern Region Endorses NY Health Act

February 2, 2022

UE’s Eastern Region has endorsed the NY Health Act, legislation to provide health care to every New Yorker through a public, Medicare-for-All style system. The legislation is “everything we’ve been asking for,” Region President George Waksmunski told the UE NEWS. “No co-pays, deductibles, premiums, network restrictions or out-of-pocket maxes, and you won't lose your house or your life savings if you have to go into a nursing home.”