Over a hundred GE workers and retirees from the U.S. and Canada descended on GE's annual shareholder meeting on April 25th to demand that the company end mass layoffs and plant shutdowns, honor their commitments to retirees, respect workers' rights to organize and make restitution where the company has harmed the health of workers, community members or the environment.
In what was a record of only two days of negotiations, UE Local 642 and management at Harborcreek Youth Services (HYS) reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday, March 28. The three-year agreement was ratified overwhelmingly by the members on April 5 and approved by the HYS Board of Directors.
When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis, Tenn., in support of striking sanitation workers 50 years ago, he was actually on his way to North Carolina. A few months after his assassination, in August 1968, sanitation workers in Charlotte, N.C., also went out on strike. This inspired many other sanitation worker strikes across the South in 1968, including in Atlanta, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Durham, N.C.
On March 12, UE Local 667 members overwhelmingly approved a new three-year agreement with the East End Food Co-op that will raise wages, lower members’ share of health insurance premiums, and protect the use of legally prescribed medical marijuana.
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., UE Local 150 members who work at the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Rocky Mount, NC held a service to commemorate Dr. King and renew their commitment to fight for economic justice for all people at Cummins.
The service was part of a Cummins Inc Workers Joint Day of Action for Affordable Health Care and End to Medical Discrimination, and the workers wore stickers pointing out that the high deductibles for Cummins’ healthcare plan remain so large “they make us sick.”
UE fully supports the striking teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky, and teachers who are contemplating strikes in Arizona.
UE’s Western Region met the weekend of March 24 and 25 in Chicago. Delegates from Indiana to California gathered to share shop reports, assess what the economic and political situation of the country means for working people, and celebrate an organizing victory at the Frank D Lanterman Regional Center in Los Angeles.
Tired of short staffing and arbitrary management decisions, workers at the Frank D Lanterman Regional Center in downtown Los Angeles voted 113-55 on March 22 to join UE. Lanterman staff coordinate critical services for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing social work, advocacy, and support services that allow clients to live normally in the community. They organized for better staffing and client care, and to have a voice to speak up against disrespect from management and retaliation against staff who advocate for clients or take sick time.
UE Local 255 Vice President Emma Paradis and UE Field Organizer Tara McCauley represented UE at the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy Climate Immersion program in New York on March 7 and 8.
Cummins workers and their union representatives participated in the annual Whitakers MLK Day March and other Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to demand that Cummins stop medical discrimination against workers in its Rocky Mount plant and much of its U.S. workforce.