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Virginia Beach City Workers Win $15 Minimum Wage, Step Plan

May 16, 2022

On Tuesday, May 10, UE Local 111 won a major victory for city workers in Virginia Beach when the city council approved a new budget that will raise the minimum wage for city workers from $10.87 to $15 per hour, establish a step system based on years of service that will cover virtually all non-management city employees, and raise wages for every city employee by at least five percent (in many cases, significantly more).

All told, the new budget will put almost $33 million in the pockets of Virginia Beach’s 7,400 full- and part-time workers.

Local 610 Stands Strong During Tough Times To Win On Healthcare, Maintain Employee Protections

May 12, 2022

On Monday, May 2, UE Local 610 gathered at the Grapeville Fire Hall in Southwestern Pennsylvania and ratified a new three-year agreement with their employer, Wabtec. The local won key gains through an aggressive contract campaign which included ongoing shop floor activities by rank-and-file members and strong participation from other UE locals and allies.

Local 1498 Certified as Union for New Mexico State University Graduate Workers

May 7, 2022

Earlier this week, New Mexico’s state labor board voted to certify UE Local 1498 as the union for over 900 graduate employees at New Mexico State University. The vote followed a March 17 “card count” conducted by the board that found that the majority of graduate employees at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces had signed union cards, paving the way for UE Local 1498 to be certified as the official bargaining agent for the 939 graduate workers at NMSU.

Indiana University Graduate Workers Strike for Recognition

May 7, 2022

In a state that gives public-sector workers no collective bargaining rights, and facing an intransigent administration, graduate workers at Indiana University went on strike in mid-April to demand that their employer recognize their union, the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition-UE.

Graduate workers at IU have been organizing since the fall of 2019, hoping to win a living wage, improvements to their benefits, and fairness for international students, and to end the fees that they are required to pay back to the university.

Local 222-25 Wins Extra Comp Time for Emergency Dispatchers

May 7, 2022

With chronic short staffing and Covid rolling through our ranks just before and after the holidays, affecting about two thirds of our center, many people were being subject to mandatory order-in shifts of four hours or more.

Per Connecticut labor law, overtime pay is not applicable unless the person has actually worked more than 40 hours in their pay period. This meant that if someone were to be out sick in the beginning of their week, and then ordered in later in the week, they would just get straight time.

Western Region Elects New Leadership

May 7, 2022

Meeting virtually over Zoom on Saturday, March 19, delegates to UE’s Western Region council meeting heard shop reports, reviewed the region’s political action and education work, and elected several new officers and representatives to represent the region on the national union’s General Executive Board. Locals from across the region gave shop reports, and President Charlene Winchell reported on the union’s education, political and international solidarity work.

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