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Magistrate Judge Issues Injunction, Bringing UE Members at MTIL Closer to Contract

16 November, 2017

On Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Cole issued his opinion on a 10J bargaining order sought by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against pallet manufacturer MTIL. The decision imposes an injunction on MTIL to bargain with the employees and their union, UE. The injunction should be signed by the Judge by the middle of next week.

This injunction instructs the company to ultimately bargain with UE. UE members at MTIL are preparing to bargain with the company and mobilize to fight for the contract they deserve.

Pennsylvania Labor History Society Honors UE Retirees

03 November, 2017

At the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s annual conference, held in Erie at the UE Local 506 hall this past weekend, two retired UE leaders were honored at the Friday night reception and dinner. Retired Local 506 Business Agent Pat Rafferty was one of two local union leaders honored with the 47th annual Mother Jones award. Retired UE News Managing Editor Al Hart, who was a member of Local 506 in the 1970s and 80s before coming on UE staff in 1986, received the John Brennan Labor Education Award.

Local 234 Strikes Against Fairbanks Scales’ “Insulting” Bargaining and Concessions

01 November, 2017

Update, Nov 8: The members of Local 234 ratified a new contract on Tuesday, November 7th, and returned to work today.

Members of UE Local 234 who work for Fairbanks Scales hit the picket lines yesterday. The local granted the company a 13-hour extension in the hopes of reaching a settlement, but the company halted negotiations, returning just ten minutes before the deadline with no new proposals, and no response to the union’s proposals.

University of North Carolina Workers Build New Chapter of Local 150

19 October, 2017

The newest chapter of UE Local 150, the Workers Union at UNC, takes the UE principle of forming “an organization which unites all workers” seriously. “We decided early on that we wanted to be a union for all public-sector workers on campus,” says Joe Karlik, a graduate student worker and leader of the chapter, adding that that commitment is part of what brought them to UE.

Raleigh City Workers Picket City Hall Demanding Fair Wages

18 October, 2017

On Tuesday, October 17, the Raleigh City Workers Union chapter of UE Local 150 held an informational picket at City Hall. The City Council was scheduled to meet at 1:00pm that day, during work hours when employees can not attend. The workers were joined by many community supporters from the Triangle People’s Assembly, Black Workers for Justice, the Raleigh Police Accountability Taskforce and others.

"Music Instills Power and Bravery": a conversation with Frontline Singer Anne Feeney

25 September, 2017

Delegates to UE’s 75th Convention in August were both inspired and entertained by Pittsburgh singer Anne Feeney. Feeney performed songs about corporate personhood (“corporations cannot pass the belly button test”), universal healthcare (“rich get richer and poor folks die”), and speedup in healthcare (“we are nursing as fast as we can”), which combine a passion for the struggles of working people with a sharp sense of humor.

UE Leaders Meet with Canadian, Mexican Unions to Build Continental Solidarity

21 September, 2017

On September 13 and 14, UE and Unifor representatives participated in a series of meetings in Mexico City to facilitate continent-wide labor solidarity. UE was represented by General President Peter Knowlton and Director of International Strategies Kari Thompson, and the Unifor delegation consisted of Secretary General Bob Orr and Director of Human Rights and International Department Mohamad Alsadi.

UE members take action in solidarity with French workers

13 September, 2017

UE members took action on September 12 in solidarity with our union family from the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) in France.

UE members from around the country took photos while holding signs stating "Non à la loi travail XXL, solidarité avec les travailleurs français!" (No to the XXL labor law, solidarity with the French workers!). Local 506 members took photos while holding a lunch break rally telling General Electric to keep jobs in Erie.