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Local 123 Fights Off Gutting of Contract, Wins Solid Improvements

May 17, 2021

At the beginning of negotiations with UE Local 123 this spring, the new plant manager at Daikin Industries — who had never negotiated with UE before — presented the union with proposals that would have completely rewritten and gutted the contract’s provisions on seniority, hours of work and overtime.

The members were having none of it.

UE Local 667 Members Gain Ground in New Contract

May 10, 2021

UE Local 667 continued to gain ground in its ongoing fight for living wages at the East End Food Coop in recent contract negotiations. In addition to winning substantial wage increases over the life of the three-year contract, the local negotiated pathbreaking contract language on accommodations, diversity and inclusion in hiring, on-the-job protections, and bereavement.

May 6, 2021

Third-shift workers at the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant shut down production last week, winning a reversal of management’s plan to force them onto second shift.

Youth Climate Activist Tells Eastern Region: Put People Over Profit

May 1, 2021

John Paul Mejia, an activist and educator working with the Sunrise Movement, told delegates to the UE Eastern Region Council meeting last weekend that it is time to “change the definition of normal in society.” The Sunrise Movement is a youth movement dedicated to stop climate change and create millions of jobs in the process, through a “Green New Deal.”

NC Mental Health Workers Demand Ongoing Hazard Pay, Safe Staffing

April 30, 2021

State mental health workers across North Carolina, having worked more than a year through the pandemic, are now demanding relief. Over 700 Department of Health and Human Services workers have signed petitions demanding restoration of hazard premium pay, safe staffing levels, and other safety measures.

Despite the ongoing need to provide care for COVID-19 positive patients in the hospitals and developmental centers, DHHS ended hazard premium payments on January 31.

Unity Secures Solid Contract Gains for UE Members at GE Appliances Factory Services

April 30, 2021

Despite having negotiated a one-year contract extension in June 2020, the Joint Bargaining Committee unions (UE, IBEW, IAM and UA) representing factory service technicians who work for GE Appliances Factory Services entered into early contract negotiations at the end of January. The unions secured a new 15-month contract with solid general wage increases, a freeze on health insurance costs through December 31, 2022, and other gains.

Charlotte City Workers Demand Hazard Pay and Real Raises

April 16, 2021

City employees who kept the city of Charlotte running through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic are now asking city officials to rescue them. The Charlotte City Workers Union, a chapter of UE Local 150, held a press conference yesterday to demand hazard pay, real raises, shift differential and daily overtime. 

The city is scheduled to receive nearly $149 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, yet the raises planned in the City Manager's proposed budget do not reflect this.

Sanders Chief of Staff Tells Western Region to “Keep the Pressure On” Congress

April 15, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act, Bernie Sanders Chief of Staff Misty Rebik told delegates, is “one of the most significant pieces of legislation to happen for the working class in this country” in decades. “And that is because of you,” she added. “That is because of people like you who have been organizing day in and day out for decades now, demanding that we have a government for the people.”

Western PA Planned Parenthood Workers Join UE

April 13, 2021

A group of 36 workers at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania formed UE’s newest local, Local 696, when they voted overwhelmingly to join UE in February and March. “This campaign really helped to boost my morale and excitement for our work,” said Dana Soloff, a community educator. “Everyone was unified and united to advance the mission of Planned Parenthood in providing the best possible services to our community.”

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