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Local 228 Misclassification Complaint Wins $30,000 in Back Pay for Drivers

22 October, 2018

In August of 2017 several UE Local 228 members, including local president Bill Ladd, filed complaints with the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (DOL WHD) concerning numerous issues and concerns at the National Visa Center (NVC). Part of that complaint was that the members driving between the two buildings were misclassified as Driver/Courier.

UE Local 150 Members Help Commemorate 1978 Strike

19 October, 2018

Almost 100 people attended a program marking the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Rocky Mount Sanitation Workers’ Strike, sponsored by the Phoenix Historical Society at BTW Community Center on Saturday, October 13, 2018. A highlight of the program was the reading of a city council resolution, passed earlier that week, recognizing the strike and honoring the courage of the workers. Read by PHS member and city interim planning director JoSeth Bocook, the resolution ends with:

UE Local 684 Secures Solid Gains in New Contract

12 October, 2018

After settling for small wage increases in their last contract due to a downturn in their company’s business, UE Local 684 members were determined to make up for lost ground in their contract negotiations this year – and they did.

UE Local 684 members work for Electric Materials, formerly known as The Electric Materials Company (TEMCO). Electric Materials, a subsidiary of United Stars, Inc., manufactures custom copper products for the electrical equipment industry.

Support Bold Action by Locked-out Workers in Canada

26 September, 2018

This morning, hundreds of members of our Canadian partner union Unifor blockaded D-J Composites in Gander, Newfoundland, where 30 Unifor members have been locked out for 646 days by their Kansas-based employer.

Show your support for these brave workers by calling D-J Composites’ CEO Rezaul Chowdhury at 316-775-1212 and tell him to accept Unifor’s offer to settle the lockout.

You can also keep reading for other ways to show your support.

UE Stands in Solidarity with Locked-out Canadian Workers

26 September, 2018

UE's officers sent the following letter of solidarity today to members of Unifor Local 597, who have been locked out by their Kansas-based employer for 646 days. Today, joined by hundreds of Unifor members from across Canada, member of Local 597 locked out their employer, blockading entrance to the plant. More information on Unifor's website.

26 September 2018

To Our Sisters and Brothers in Unifor Local 597, Gander

Local 1008 Wins Massive Back Pay Settlement

06 September, 2018

Detailed preparation and refusal to back down helped Local 1008 win 54 months’ worth of back wages for three UE members who had been misclassified.

Local 1008 members Duy Nguyen, Ho Tran and Bridget Morrison had not been receiving the pay rate that they should have been, given that they work directly and communicate directly with officers of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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