UE Local 279 members ratified a new four-year agreement with their employer, Weir Valve & Controls USA Inc., on November 13, 2017. UE 279 members manufacture nuclear valves at the company’s Ipswich, MA production facility.
A UE delegation delivered a message to a Kansas company that has locked out 32 workers at D-J Composites in a small Canadian town.
UE delivered flyers last week to the headquarters of D-J Composites, which owns the Newfoundland facility where aerospace workers, members of Unifor Local 597, were forced out of work and locked out a year ago, on December 19, 2016.
UE Local 170, the West Virginia Public Workers Union, is mobilizing union members, patients and families, and communities throughout the state to oppose the state’s plans to privatize five of the state’s seven state hospitals.
In a state with chronically inadequate rural health care, an aging population, and an opioid addiction crisis, this privatization scheme will degrade medical care, weaken local economies, and hurt communities throughout the region.
On November 29 and 30, UE Director of Organization Gene Elk and Local 506 President Scott Slawson traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in a preparatory meeting to set up a General Electric Trade Union Network, the first international network of unions representing GE workers from around the world.
Members of UE Local 1161 made very significant gains in their new two-year contract with Spartek. Following a spirited contract campaign, the agreement was overwhelmingly ratified on November 30.
When management at Fairbanks Scales first spoke with UE Local 234 leaders about negotiations this fall, they indicated that they wanted them to be “quick and speedy.” They learned, however, that proposing major concessions is not the way to get quick and speedy negotiations from UE members. After an eight-day strike, management agreed instead to a contract that contains solid wage increases, controls on health insurance premiums, and significant language improvements.
On Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Cole issued his opinion on a 10J bargaining order sought by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against pallet manufacturer MTIL. The decision imposes an injunction on MTIL to bargain with the employees and their union, UE. The injunction should be signed by the Judge by the middle of next week.
This injunction instructs the company to ultimately bargain with UE. UE members at MTIL are preparing to bargain with the company and mobilize to fight for the contract they deserve.
At the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s annual conference, held in Erie at the UE Local 506 hall this past weekend, two retired UE leaders were honored at the Friday night reception and dinner. Retired Local 506 Business Agent Pat Rafferty was one of two local union leaders honored with the 47th annual Mother Jones award. Retired UE News Managing Editor Al Hart, who was a member of Local 506 in the 1970s and 80s before coming on UE staff in 1986, received the John Brennan Labor Education Award.
The newest chapter of UE Local 150, the Workers Union at UNC, takes the UE principle of forming “an organization which unites all workers” seriously. “We decided early on that we wanted to be a union for all public-sector workers on campus,” says Joe Karlik, a graduate student worker and leader of the chapter, adding that that commitment is part of what brought them to UE.