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Local 683 Secures Major Improvements in First Contract with New Employer

August 11, 2022

UE Local 683 members secured major improvements in their first contract with their new employer American Iron & Metals (AIM), including a $3.75 wage increase over the life of the three-year agreement. “I think negotiations went really well with the new company,” said Local 683 President Ben Seidler. “We won a lot of improvements for our members. And, we finally won union security after 20 years of fighting for it.”

New Local 203 Contract Secures Better Life for Members in Most Expensive City in Vermont

July 29, 2022

“In this time of turmoil, I can think of no better place to support my coworkers, my community, and my values than at the negotiating table.”

So said Melissa Pennington, a member of the UE Local 203 negotiating committee, reflecting on her local’s most recent negotiations with their employer, the grocery co-op City Market. Those negotiations resulted in a new two-year contract which boosts wages for all Local 203 members by at least $2.30 and increases starting wages above $15 per hour.

New Contract Boosts Wages, Reimbursements for Traveling Techs of Local 1009

July 29, 2022

Under a new three-year agreement with Hitachi Energy ratified in July, members of UE Local 1009 will see wage increases of four percent each year and significant increases to their travel reimbursements — an important issue for Local 1009 members, most of whom are transformer technicians who do servicing work all over the country.

The new contract increases the daily amount they receive for meals while traveling from $59 to $69, unless they are in Alaska, Hawaii or New York, where they will receive $79. Per diem reimbursement will increase from $225 to $255.

UE Members Offer Solidarity to Unite Members in the UK in Their Fight with Wabtec

July 29, 2022

UE leaders from Local 506 in Erie, PA and Local 610 in Wilmerding, PA met via Zoom in July with their counterparts in Unite the Union in the United Kingdom, who are in a fight with their mutual employer Wabtec.

The UE and Unite members discussed their current fights with Wabtec.

UE Local 610 President Antwon Gibson told the Unite members about his local’s recent contract fight with Wabtec and the company’s announced plans to close the historic Wilmerding plant within the next two years.

UE Locals 270, 335 and 707 Gain New Four-Year Contract with GE Appliances Factory Services

July 29, 2022

The unions who negotiate with GE Appliances Factory Services as the Joint Bargaining Committee (JBC) — UE, IBEW, IAM and UA — settled a new four-year national contract in May. UE Locals 270, 335 and 707 are members of the JBC. These locals’ members are highly skilled technicians who repair home appliances.

Mid-Contract Bargaining Demands Bring Raises for Aramark Workers, Paraprofessionals

July 29, 2022

On May 24, after repeatedly rejecting proposals from Aramark that would have given bonuses for new hires while doing nothing for current workers, UE Local 1121 won a $1.35 across-the-board wage increase for everyone in the La Crosse facility. As they explained in their newsletter, “Aramark management prefers signing bonuses because they are paid out in a lump sum that does not increase our hourly base wage and does nothing to address the rising cost of living. Our union prefers increases that increase our wages which continue to grow and compound with time.”

Colombian Voters Reject Political Establishment and Employer Threats to Elect New Pro-Worker President

July 22, 2022

On June 19, voters in Colombia made history by electing Gustavo Petro as their next president. Backed by virtually all of Colombia’s labor movement, Petro ran on a pro-worker program aimed at reducing inequality in one of the most unequal economies in the world.

General Executive Board Welcomes Four New Board Members, Hears About Thousands of New UE Members

July 22, 2022

Meeting over Zoom on June 9 and 10, UE’s General Executive Board reviewed the union’s work over the previous five months, including organizing that has brought in thousands of new members, and debated and passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (July 2022-June 2023).

New UE Publication Celebrates Three Decades of Japan-U.S. Solidarity

July 20, 2022

When UE General President Carl Rosen, Director of Organization Mark Meinster, and Director of International Strategies Kari Thompson met with a high-level delegation from our Japanese ally Zenroren in June in Chicago, they presented them with a new UE publication celebrating “three decades of Japan-U.S. working-class solidarity.”

The booklet tells the story of how “For three decades, the bond between UE and Zenroren has grown stronger through exchanges, sharing of experience and analysis, support for each other’s struggles and joint efforts to win justice for working people and a peaceful world.”

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