UE NEWS Updates


Directors' Posture Threatens City Market Contract

July 10, 2003

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.

UE Calls on General Electric To Increase Retirees' Pensions

March 5, 2003

This story has been updated: www.ueunion.org/unity2003_pensionurged.html

General Electric retirees deserve "an immediate and substantial pension increase," says UE. In a March 4 letter, UE President John H. Hovis reminds company officials that "It has now been nearly three years since General Electric has seen fit to adjust the pensions of its retirees."

UE Wins At Burlington's City Market

March 4, 2003

A card-check completed on Friday, Feb. 28 brought UE its latest organizing win, securing bargaining rights for approximately 160 full and part-time workers at Burlington’s cooperatively owned downtown supermarket.

Rev. Michael Cronogue of St. Michael’s College conducted the card count and reported that 105 of 157 eligible employees signed UE membership cards.

A majority of co-op workers had also voted for the union in a community election earlier in the month as a means of convincing the co-op’s board of directors to agree to the card-check procedure.

Veteran Organizer, Leader Hugh Harley Dies

February 25, 2003

A statement issued by the UE General Officers follows.

Hugh Harley, a veteran organizer and retired UE national officer whose connection with the union spanned more than six decades, died Friday, Feb. 14 in his home in Florida. Harley was particularly known for his major role in organizing the machine-tool, cutting-tool and hand-tool industries in western Massachusetts and Vermont and negotiating agreements with those employers.

UE Endorses Goals Of Labor Against War

January 21, 2003

The UE General Executive Board, meeting in the union’s headquarters here Jan. 16-17, endorsed the founding statement of the newly organized U.S. Labor Against the War coalition. The Board made a $1,000 donation to the coalition and agreed to publicize union-backed anti-war activity throughout UE and further internal discussions about the issues behind the drive to war with Iraq.

UE Leader Urges Repeal Of Taft-Hartley Act

September 5, 2002

Bruce J. Klipple, UE General Secretary-Treasurer, joined with Ralph Nader and others in calling for repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act "as one important step in restoring workers’ right to organize into unions and in revitalizing American democracy."

In a letter released on Labor Day, Klipple and other labor leaders pointed out that 2002 marks the 55th anniversary of the labor law which dramatically curtailed rights gained by organized workers.

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