UE NEWS Updates


Eastern Region Council Meeting Brings Solidarity to the South

April 29, 2024

The largest Eastern Region council meeting in recent memory, with around 100 delegates, guests, and staff, met this past weekend in North Carolina, home of UE’s statewide Local 150. The council meeting heard shop reports from two dozen locals, reports about UE’s recent growth from two national officers, and, by video, from members of UE locals who have been actively supporting and participating in campus protests demanding a ceasefire in Gaza.

Unity Theme of Western Region Council Meeting

April 16, 2024

Representatives of locals from Ohio to California gathered for the first-ever UE regional council meeting in New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment,” from April 13-14. Unity of workers and of the working class was a recurring theme as delegates, guests, and regional and national UE leaders discussed the victories and struggles in the union’s Western Region over the past half a year.

Local 1186 Member Action Secures Gains, Ends Historic Pay Inequity

April 13, 2024

Members of UE Local 1186 overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement with Willy Street Co-op on Monday, March 15, which secured structural changes in the contract that ensure pay equity and will allow the union to build on gains for years to come.

The local prioritized getting to a $20/hour starting wage, equity raises based on seniority, and protecting members from rising inflation and skyrocketing housing costs in Madison. 

Local 896 “End the Fees” Campaign Builds Membership and Organizing Capacity

April 13, 2024

Despite being a non-bargaining year, UE Local 896, also known as the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS), is in the midst of a fight to win concessions from the boss. Since October 2023, COGS — which represents close to 2,000 graduate teaching and research assistants at the University of Iowa (UI) — has been organizing a campaign to end the University's practice of charging graduate workers hundreds of dollars in fees every year to work.

Local 1103’s First Contract Sets Up a Strong Local in the Face of a Fiercely Anti-Union Employer

April 12, 2024

After 2,000 graduate workers committed to strike, UE Local 1103 (GSU-UE) won a strong and historic contract with the University of Chicago (UChicago). Membership ratified the contract on March 28, after 10 months of negotiations with UChicago’s administration. 

Research Assistants at the University of Chicago Law School Join Local 1103

April 2, 2024

On March 19, graduate student research assistants (RAs) at the University of Chicago Law School voted 59–29 to join UE Local 1103-Graduate Students United (GSU). This election victory represents the first expansion of one of the newly-established UE grad locals. The vote was the culmination of a swift and thorough worker-led campaign.

Eastern Region President Denounces Effects of Train Derailment on Working People in Ohio

March 26, 2024

Last Saturday, UE Eastern Region President George Waksmunski traveled to East Palestine, Ohio to hear from residents affected by the February, 2023 train derailment and toxic chemical spill. They told their stories to a group of about 80 union leaders, environmental activists, and concerned community members, some of whom had come from as far away as Iowa, Texas and California.

“Look at East Palestine and you see the effects of capitalism and greed and profit and devastation in its wake,” Waksmunski said, after hearing the testimony.



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