UE NEWS Updates


General Executive Board Meets, Issues Statements on Climate Change, Palestine

June 11, 2018

The UE General Executive Board met in Pittsburgh from June 5-8 to review the union’s work and finances. They heard reports on the union’s organizing work, deepening relationship with Unifor, and work building international links between GE workers. After an extensive review of the union’s finances, the board passed a budget to carry the union’s work forward.

New Chicago Local Wins Paid Sick Leave, Wage Increases

June 1, 2018

Newly formed Local 1117 recently completed contract negotiations. The workers, who work at Ailey Solar, selling and installing residential and commercial solar power systems, voted unanimously to approve the new agreement. Workers are entitled to paid sick days for the first time, wages increases of $1.75 per hour, and guaranteed minimum work hours each week. The workers also won increased protection of bargaining unit work, additional employer-paid educational benefits and an agreement from the company's owners to explore transitioning the company to a worker-owned cooperative.

Preparation Pays For Water Pollution Control Workers

June 1, 2018

UE Local 222 members who work for the East Windsor Water Pollution Control Authority ratified a new five-year contract with the WPCA commissioner in May. They prepared for contract negotiations by attending budget meetings before putting their proposals together. They then created a Power Point presentation which contained a biography of each employee describing their skills sets.

Unity Pays Off for Local 228 Members

June 1, 2018

On February 28th, the members of UE Local 228 overwhelming ratified a new two-year agreement that includes substantial wage increases and corrects egregious company practices that gave many employees disparate benefits for the same work. The local’s 600 members process immigration documents and provide petitioner support at the Department of State’s National Visa Center. They are employed by federal contractor PAE and its subcontractor, Ikun LLC.

Local 121 Nails Down Solid Contract

June 1, 2018

Members of Local 121, who manufacture nails and rivets for Clendenin Brothers, took a firm stand against management’s aggressive concession proposals and settled a new five-year contract with solid wage increases, improved opportunities for advancement, prohibitions against unfair discipline and improved paid sick and personal leave.



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