UE NEWS Updates


Iowa Locals Put Worker Issues Onto Legislature's Agenda

March 4, 2007

More than two dozen UE members gathered at UE Local 893/IUP’s new union office in Des Moines for the annual Iowa UE Political Action Day February 20. Representatives of Local 893/IUP and Local 896/COGS first reviewed the issues of importance to their respective memberships – including the case load crisis of social service workers, and adequate funding for the University of Iowa – as well as the important "fair share" battle unfolding in the Iowa Legislature.

UE 160 Members Visit State Capitol To Push Virginia Workers' Needs

March 4, 2007

Some 15 members of UE Local 160 members went to their state capitol on January 24 to lobby Virginia legislators and management of the Department of Health and Human Resources . While in Richmond they met with several members of the House of Delegates or their staffs, and had particularly encouraging meetings with Del. Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg) and with Del. Russell Potts (R-Winchester.) In meetings with legislators, union representatives discussed the need for salary increases especially for the lowest-paid workers, and problems caused by mandatory overtime.

Raleigh Sanitation Struggle Continues, Workers Winning Major Victories

November 7, 2006

Raleigh sanitation workers have continued their fight for justice, following a courageous two-day work stoppage in September that captured statewide and worldwide attention. As reported in the last UE NEWS, the workers followed their job action by signing up as UE members, picketing city hall, building massive community support, and putting very specific demands, with deadlines, before the Raleigh city council.

Local 222 Wins Big in Stamford Election

February 8, 2006

UE Local 222/CILU-CIPU scored a huge victory today (Feb. 8) in an election involving workers at the Department of Public Works. Nearly 80 percent of the 130 ballots cast named UE as the collective bargaining agent for the workers in the unit.

The workers approached the UE after becoming dissatisfied with their previous union affiliation. The vote gave workers a choice between Local 222, the other union, and none of the above.

The unit represents 151 workers, 103 of whom cast their votes for UE. Organizers said the results surpassed even their expectations.

UE Mourns Kinoy’s Passing

September 30, 2003

Arthur Kinoy, a former UE staff attorney, legal scholar and “people’s lawyer” renowned for his creative and vigorous defense of civil rights, died Sept. 19 at his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 82.

All who knew him associated Kinoy with an infectious, buoyant optimism, a boldness of vision and an understanding that the law could be an instrument for social change.

James Lerner, Labor Editor, Organizer Dies

September 23, 2003

James Lerner, an outstanding labor journalist whose work for UE spanned six decades, died Sept. 20 after a long illness. He was 92.

Lerner was born in New York in 1911. He attended City College there in 1927-28, then spent almost an academic year at the Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Forced out because of lack of money, he returned home and held a variety of jobs.

A Woman’s Place Is in This Union

September 1, 2003

As a Local 610 steward in the 1970s, Lisa Kannenberg thought she and her co-workers were “pioneers” by organizing a District Six women’s conference. The late Evelyn Bell, longtime District office manager, set them straight, Kannenberg said.

Nearly 30 years earlier, Helen Quirini thought UE’s national women’s conference was an innovation, only to discover a groundswell of district and local women’s meetings. “We thought we were smart like you were smart,” Quirini said to Kannenberg, “but they were all doing it.”



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