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Worker Unity Overcomes Town Lawyer's Tricks In North Haven DPW Contract Negotiations

June 16, 2009

In November 2008, UE Local 222 Sub-local 58, the Department of Public Works employees’ union, finally reached a tentative agreement for a new contract replacing the one that had expired in June 2007. But in an attempt to bully the committee, the town’s attorney inserted new language into the final draft that had never been negotiated or discussed at the bargaining table.

Biden Hails Republic Plant Reopening, Return to Work of UE Members Under Contract, as "A Big Deal"

April 27, 2009
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UE Local 1110 President Armando Robles speaks as Vice President Biden (right) and Serious Materials CEO Kevin Surace look on.

UE Local 1110 members proudly welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to their old — and new — workplace today, as the Vice President toured the former Republic Windows and Doo

Farmington School Tutors Vote to Join UE

April 22, 2009

Despite the economic crisis and rumors that organizing would result in layoffs, on April 21 the 33 tutors in who work for the Farmington Board of Education (BOE) voted 17 to 7 to join UE. They’ll become part of Sub-local 60 of Connecticut’s statewide UE Local 222. The sub-local already includes the paraeducators, education secretaries, clerks, custodians and maintenance workers in the Farmington public schools.

Local 896 Gains Full Tuition Scholarships For University of Iowa Graduate Employees

April 2, 2009
Members of UE Local 896/COGS (Campaign to Organize Graduate Students) overwhelmingly voted on February 17 to approve a new two-year contract with the University of Iowa. With the new agreement, Local 896 members achieve their longstanding goal of full tuition scholarships, while also significantly improving the working conditions of the 2,600 graduate teaching and research assistants represented by the local.

“We believe this contract is a win/win for all parties involved,” said Local 896/COGS Mark Salisbury.

Despite Recession and State Budget Crisis, Local 893 Members Make Gains in New Contact

April 2, 2009

Negotiating with the State of Iowa in the midst of a budget crisis and the worst recession in decades, the members of UE Local 893 – Iowa United Professionals still managed to negotiate a new two-year agreement that provided modest gains. Members of both the social services and science bargaining units ratified the new contract on February 26 by margins of more than 20 to 1. The new agreement goes into effect on July 1, 2009.

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