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Local 170 Leads Mass Grievance Over Division of Highways Pay

May 6, 2019

Beginning in February of this year, hundreds of workers in the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) have joined a mass grievance protesting the agency’s continued refusal to comply with a legislative mandate to raise pay for all of those tasked with the maintenance and safety of the state’s roadways. At this writing, nearly three hundred workers have signed onto the grievance, which is now pending at the second level of the public employees’ grievance procedure.

UE Members Honor International Workers’ Day

May 6, 2019

UE members marked International Workers’ Day in their communities and workplaces on May 1, joining marches, rallies and forums and wearing union t-shirts in the shop in Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Vermont. Two UE members were also interviewed for an In These Times magazine article, “Why May Day Continues to Capture the Hearts and Imaginations of Workers.”

Local 610 Mobilizes Members to Win on Healthcare, Keep Long-Standing Rights

May 3, 2019

After reviewing and discussing a tentative agreement in a packed house at the Harrison City Fire Hall, UE Local 610 members approved a new three-year agreement with their employer, Wabtec on May 1. The local won key gains with an aggressive contract campaign, supported by the rank and file, other UE locals, and allies.

New Local 1187 Contract Loaded with Wage Gains

April 30, 2019

UE Local 1187’s new three-year contract with Load King will provide double-digit wage increases throughout the shop, with some senior workers seeing wage increases of more than $4.50 per hour. The contract also adds an additional holiday, preserves affordable health insurance, and carefully limits management’s ability to mandate overtime on Saturdays.

Eastern Region Celebrates Erie Strike Victory

April 15, 2019

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.

Locke Insulator Employees Win Trade Adjustment Assistance

April 8, 2019

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.

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