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UE, Allies Take Message to Wabtec Shareholders: “One Union, One Tier”

May 20, 2019

Chanting “One Union, One Tier” and carrying a banner reading “Don't Derail Our Future,” over 50 UE members and allies picketed Wabtec's shareholder meeting in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, May 17. Wabtec continues to demand a “two-tier” wage structure at the Erie locomotive plant where members of UE Locals 506 and 618 are in negotiations for a new contract.

Northeast Region Rallies with Local 274, Elects New Leaders

May 7, 2019

Delegates to UE’s Northeast Region demonstrated their commitment to direct action and solidarity on the first day of their council meeting, driving to nearby Greenfield to join members of UE Local 274 who are locked into a difficult contract battle with their employer, Kennametal.

“Workers here bust their backs to give a good product to this company,” UE Northeast Region President Bill Ladd told the spirited picket line and rally, “and the company wants to break their backs by taking every penny they can from them.”

Viking Kitchen Workers to See Wage Increases, No Increase to Insurance Costs

May 6, 2019

Members of UE Local 275 who work for Viking Kitchens negotiated a new three-year contract in April. The contract provides for a general wage increase of 65 cents for each year of the contract. The pay scale for delivery drivers increased by three dollars, and health insurance costs will remain the same.

Local 170 Leads Mass Grievance Over Division of Highways Pay

May 6, 2019

Beginning in February of this year, hundreds of workers in the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) have joined a mass grievance protesting the agency’s continued refusal to comply with a legislative mandate to raise pay for all of those tasked with the maintenance and safety of the state’s roadways. At this writing, nearly three hundred workers have signed onto the grievance, which is now pending at the second level of the public employees’ grievance procedure.

UE Members Honor International Workers’ Day

May 6, 2019

UE members marked International Workers’ Day in their communities and workplaces on May 1, joining marches, rallies and forums and wearing union t-shirts in the shop in Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Vermont. Two UE members were also interviewed for an In These Times magazine article, “Why May Day Continues to Capture the Hearts and Imaginations of Workers.”

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