At the end of a long and tough bargaining process, UE Local 267 members at the University of Vermont have negotiated and ratified a new three year contract with significant pay raises.
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UE joins progressive women and men in honoring the life and work of Betty Friedan and mourning her passing. UE is particularly proud of the late author´s contributions to this union.
From 1946 to 1952 as the young writer and activist Betty Goldstein, she was employed as a journalist and staff writer for the UE News.
UE Local 222/CILU-CIPU scored a huge victory today (Feb. 8) in an election involving workers at the Department of Public Works. Nearly 80 percent of the 130 ballots cast named UE as the collective bargaining agent for the workers in the unit.
The workers approached the UE after becoming dissatisfied with their previous union affiliation. The vote gave workers a choice between Local 222, the other union, and none of the above.
The unit represents 151 workers, 103 of whom cast their votes for UE. Organizers said the results surpassed even their expectations.
Arthur Kinoy, a former UE staff attorney, legal scholar and “people’s lawyer” renowned for his creative and vigorous defense of civil rights, died Sept. 19 at his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 82.
All who knew him associated Kinoy with an infectious, buoyant optimism, a boldness of vision and an understanding that the law could be an instrument for social change.
James Lerner, an outstanding labor journalist whose work for UE spanned six decades, died Sept. 20 after a long illness. He was 92.
Lerner was born in New York in 1911. He attended City College there in 1927-28, then spent almost an academic year at the Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Forced out because of lack of money, he returned home and held a variety of jobs.
68th National UE Convention Daily Summaries: Wednesday Morning:
On Wednesday morning, August 27, 68th Convention delegates heard a leader of Brazil’s metalworkers’ union, endorsed policy on international solidarity, and discussed finances and the Policy Action report.
68th National UE Convention Daily Summaries: Tuesday Morning. On Tuesday morning, August 26, the 68th Convention heard from presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Delegates liked what they heard.
The members of amalgamated UE Local 299 who work at Entoleter decided on May 1 to strike to gain a cap on employee health-insurance costs and a decent raise.
Both goals have been achieved after seven-and-a-half weeks on the picket line.
The new contract, settled June 23, is the first with a new owner. Headquartered in Groningen, Netherlands, NIVOBA manufactures equipment and installations for the chemical, food, pharmaceutical and environmental industries. Entoleter has produced milling machines and air pollution control equipment for more than 60 years.
The union negotiating committee voted unanimously on July 7 to recommend rejection of a tentative agreement reached the previous week with City Market, a downtown supermarket/food co-op.
The decision to recommend rejection follows a meeting with the City Market Board of Directors, at which the board rejected three union requests:
1. A policy statement acknowledging that livable wages remain the goal for all City Market workers.
2. Assurances that management would share the same economic pain experienced by workers.
Representatives of UE locals in the General Electric chain adopted a comprehensive set of contract proposals at a meeting of the UE-GE Conference Board in the union’s national headquarters here March 28.
UE’s national negotiations with General Electric begin May 20 in New York. The UE national agreement with GE expires June 15.
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