UE NEWS Updates


Local 808 Petition Gets Quick Response from Company on Minimum Pay

June 3, 2023

On January 30, 2023, the federal government made a cost of living adjustment to the federal minimum wage for contractors, bringing it from the original $15.00 set by Executive Order 14026 in January of 2022 to $16.20.

UE Local 808 represents hundreds of workers employed by the contractor ITC Federal at the USCIS service center here. “General Clerk I” — the lowest-paid job category — makes up about 40 percent of the bargaining unit, and the local had expected that raising GCI’s wages from the current rate of $15.91 to the new minimum would be non-controversial. The company, though, was resistant to acknowledging its obligation to make that adjustment, making specious arguments about contract renewal dates.

UE Local 150, Charlotte City Workers Union Demands Better Pay in Proposed Budget

June 3, 2023

On Monday, May 8, UE Local 150/Charlotte City Workers Union members rallied and marched in the streets from Marshall Park to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Uptown Charlotte chanting “When city workers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”

City workers from departments around the city went to Charlotte City Council meeting — against the advice of department heads and supervisors — to demand higher raises than the six percent raise being proposed in the city budget (three percent in July and a second three percent increase in January of 2024).

The Road to Collective Bargaining for TRU-UE

June 3, 2023

Graduate workers at Johns Hopkins University began collective bargaining as Teachers and Researchers United-United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (TRU-UE) with the university administration on May 10, 2023. Earlier this spring, graduate students at Hopkins won a historic vote for the formation of TRU-UE with a 97 percent majority, with 2,053 graduate students voting yes and 67 voting no. TRU-UE now represents around 3,200 PhD workers across the Johns Hopkins Homewood, East Baltimore and Washington DC campuses.

New UE Local 1103 Was 16 Years in the Making

June 3, 2023

The certification of Graduate Students United-UE as the collective bargaining agent for University of Chicago graduate workers on March 24, 2023 was over 15 years in the making. A photograph of the National Labor Relations Board regional director’s signature resonated especially deeply with many of the senior organizers who had been around for the previous unionization campaign.

Sixth Time (and Some Solid Organizing) Is a Charm for University of Minnesota Grad Workers

June 3, 2023

Our campaign began in the aftermath of the University of Minnesota campus shutting down with the beginning of the pandemic. Grad workers were suddenly saddled with transitioning classes online and maintaining and reopening in-person lab spaces. This sudden shift in our workload contrasted with wages well below the cost of living, lackluster benefits, and no real protections for on-the-job grievances. Grad workers were clearly essential to the University of Minnesota, but beyond platitudes, administrative actions did not reflect that. 

Flight Attendants President, Faith Leader Join UE to Defend Right to Strike

June 2, 2023

“The idea that you can come to work under terms that you did not agree to should have gone out with the 13th Amendment,” AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson, one of the most well-known labor leaders in the U.S. told attendees at two UE-sponsored virtual events on Wednesday, May 31. (The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude.)

In a virtual press conference and a webinar, the Association of Flight Attendants president and Rev. Richard Freeman, the president of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, joined leaders of UE Local 506 to make the case that workers having the right to strike over grievances mid-contract is the best way to resolve workplace disputes swiftly and fairly.



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