UE NEWS Updates


Northeast Region Elects New Leadership, Honors Pompano’s 53 Years with UE

May 30, 2018

Delegates to the Northeast Region’s council meeting at the end of April elected new leadership, honored retiring Regional President Ray Pompano for 53 years of service to UE, and discussed strategies to address sexual harassment and the upcoming Janus decision, which threatens to make all public-sector workplaces “right-to-work.”

FRTA Drivers, Maintenance Workers Win Single Contract, Improved Rights, Wage Increases

May 29, 2018

Drivers and maintenance workers at the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, members of amalgamated UE Local 274, combined their formerly separate contracts and bargaining units into a single contract in their recent negotiations. Previously, the two groups had bargained separately, and not always at the same time.

Eastern Region Endorses Challengers to Democratic Party Establishment, Hears Reports on Strike Solidarity, Organizing and International Solidarity

May 22, 2018

UE's Eastern Region held their regional council meeting in Monroeville, PA on Saturday, April 21st. Delegates gathered to hear shop reports, discuss organizing, labor solidarity and political action, plan for the union's future and elect officers for the coming year.

UE Supports North Carolina Educators

May 14, 2018

UE fully supports the March for Students, Rally for Respect being organized by teachers and other education workers in North Carolina on May 16th.

As UE delegates to our 75th Convention last August noted, “K-12 public education, one of the most fundamental cornerstones of a democratic society, is under direct attack .... [S]tate legislators are starving public education of adequate funding, driving down the quality of schooling and creating a false perception that public schools provide subpar education.”

Cummins Workers Protest Unaffordable Health Care as Company Celebrates Record Profits

May 10, 2018

High deductibles force many to delay treatment, endangering health

Workers at Cummins’ Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Whitakers, North Carolina, wore “Cummins Workers Want Fairness” stickers this week protesting the company’s high-deductible health plan, as the diesel engine manufacturer held its annual shareholders meeting in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 8.

Local 1421 Members at Graham Win a Substantial Package of Gains

May 9, 2018

UE Local 1421 members who work at Graham Packaging made substantial gains in their recent contract negotiations, including one of the highest wage increases in recent memory. Graham workers had received about two percent across the board over the last few contracts, but this time the shop fought hard and won a three percent increase across the board for all bargaining unit members. “We had not seen a three percent raise in forever,” said Local 1421 Vice President and Chief Shop Steward Mikey Rivera. “The members were very happy with that.”

UE, Unifor Members Tell General Electric: “Commit to Our Communities”

May 3, 2018

Over a hundred GE workers and retirees from the U.S. and Canada descended on GE's annual shareholder meeting on April 25th to demand that the company end mass layoffs and plant shutdowns, honor their commitments to retirees, respect workers' rights to organize and make restitution where the company has harmed the health of workers, community members or the environment.



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