UE Local 150’s Municipal Council has been busy organizing and mobilizing city workers in all four of North Carolina’s largest cities.
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UE’s Eastern Region held its spring council meeting on Saturday, April 13. The hottest topic of discussion was the successful nine-day strike by Locals 506 and 618 against Wabtec in Erie this winter.
“I am so proud of my brothers and sisters for standing up for what is right,” said Eastern Region President Donna Morgan, introducing the members of the Erie locals who reported on the strike.
After a nearly two-year battle with the Department of Labor, on April 2, 2019, former workers at Locke Insulator have won the right to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits.
In July 2017, the company announced its plans to close the company and lay off the 108 member of UE Local 120 who worked in the plant. The news took the local leadership by surprise because the year before, UE and the company had negotiated a three-year agreement set to expire in September 2019.
UE Local 222 has settled several contracts recently for Connecticut municipal workers, which contain no or minimal increases to healthcare costs. Norwich town workers will see no increase to their insurance for the life of the agreement, which will run from 2019-2022. Insurance for Wethersfield town workers will remain the same for all three years. Vernon dispatchers will see no increase in insurance cost share until the final three months of the three year contract, when it will increase modestly from 10% to 13%.
“We face a lot of challenges but also a lot of opportunities,” Carl Rosen told delegates to UE’s Western Region council meeting in brief remarks after he was re-elected to serve another term as the region’s president. Meeting in Omaha, NE this weekend, the region held elections, heard reports on contracts and shop struggles, and held subregional caucuses.
Negotiating their second contract under Iowa’s 2017 anti-union law, Local 896-COGS demonstrated that UE’s brand of rank-and-file trade unionism delivers for workers under even restrictive legal circumstances.
The members of UE Local 243 ratified a new three-year contract at Sargent/Assa Abloy in March which increases wages, improves the pension and vision and dental plans, and preserves their healthcare.
The new contract provides for a $2800 lump sum check in year one, a three percent general wage increase in year two and a 2.5 percent wage increase in year three.
On November 14, 2018 the members of UE Locals 228 and 808 won a massive victory when they secured a new health insurance agreement that reduces insurance premiums and lowers their out-of-pocket costs in 2019. The members of both locals are federal contractor employees who process immigration and travel documents for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State. The 900 members of Locals 228 and 808 are presently employed by the same mega-contractor, Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE), which also employs members of UE Locals 1008 and 1118.
In a stunning victory for UE members who work for Aramark, an arbitrator issued an Opinion and Award on January 14 that protected the employees’ bargained-for right to paid sick leave without being assessed no-fault attendance points for using them.
Since at least 2003, Aramark has enforced a no-fault attendance policy for the plant that was based on a point system. Under the policy, if employees called in sick they were assessed points and docked pay. Two points were assessed for a one day absence. Workers who accumulated eight points during a 12-week period were fired.
Wabtec and UE Locals 506 and 618 announced today that they have reached an agreement to end the strike at the Company’s Erie, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. This new agreement will remain in effect for 90 days and will allow the parties to continue negotiations for a long-term collective bargaining agreement with the assistance of Federal mediators.
Under the terms of the agreement, the parties agreed to:
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