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Local 642 Adds Therapists to Contract, Wins Raises, Limits on Work Hours

October 17, 2007

Local 642 has negotiated modifications to its contract with Harborcreek Youth Services that bring improved pay and union protections to therapists who joined the union in May. The local had earlier negotiated a voluntary recognition agreement by which management accepted the therapists’ desire to join Local 642 in its existing bargaining unit, which had consisted of counselors at HYS, a facilty for at-risk adolescents.

New Contract with Flex-Y-Plan Brings 9% in Raises to Local 697

October 16, 2007

UE Local 697 has reached a new three year agreement with Flex-Y-Plan, which raises wages by four percent the first year, three percent the second, and two percent the third year. The settlement was reached on September 18 and ratified by the members on September 19 – the day the old contract expired.

Disability income benefits are raised from $300 per week to a maximum of $350. Employee laid off two weeks or less before a holiday will now receive holiday pay.

Federal Judge Halts Bush "No-Match" Policy

October 14, 2007

On September 17, during the UE National Convention, delegates demonstrated against the Bush administration’s "no-match" policy of ordering employers to fire workers when there are discrepencies in their Social Security records. UE members in Chicago have also joined in protests against the Bush rule and have reached out to unorganized workers who have been threatened by their employers under the policy.

Delegates Adopt Const. Amendments, Resolutions, Elect Officers

September 25, 2007

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SESSION, SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

President John Hovis called the convention back to order at 2:00 p.m. and called on Western Region President Carl Rosen and Local 506 President Frank Fusco, co-conveners of the Constitution Committee. Brother Fusco read the proposed constitutional amendments, all of which were unanimously adopted by the delegates. The amendments will now be referred to each UE local for ratification vote by the rank-and-file members.

Convention Applauds and Endorses UE International Solidarity Program

September 25, 2007

TUESDAY AFTERNOON SESSION, SEPTEMBER 18, 2007

Following the afternoon workshops, the convention re-convened in full session at 4:00. The resolution on “International Solidarity” was read by resolution committee member Sandy Coulter, Local 767. President Hovis then called on UE International Affairs Director Robin Alexander to report to the delegates on UE’s international work.

Delegates Hear of Organizing Gains, Greet Newest UE Members

September 21, 2007

MONDAY AFTERNOON SESSION, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

John Hovis called the convention back into session at 2:00. The resolution on immigrant rights was approved.

The resolution, “Organize the Unorganized” was then read by Larsene Taylor, Local 150: and Bob Rudek, Local 1111.

Gwen Gruber, Local 896 read the resolution “Labor Law Reform.” The two resolution were discussed together.

Brother Hovis then introduced Bob Kingsley, Director of Organization, who reported on the organizing program.

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