“The Utility Worker” magazine’s October/November/December issue is now in the mail and available online.
Making the Most of the World's Focus on Energy
The changing energy landscape, requires us to be diligent in defending what we have gained, resilient in our ability to absorb disruptive changes, and flexible enough to make the most of the changes taking place in our industry. These are the same qualities that utility workers have exhibited for generations.
American Water Joins UWUA Power 4 America
First water utility to train members through union program
Recognizing the importance of safety and skills training for UWUA members, the National UWUA and American Water Works have entered into a five-year agreement that will allow the UWUA Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) to provide training opportunities for UWUA members across AWW’s water and wastewater operations.
AEP Contract Brings Gains, New Possibilities
Significant gains plus contract language in preparation for the future
More than 1,200 UWUA members working for American Electric Power in Ohio and West Virginia recently won a three-year agreement that includes significant improvements and raises the bar for future negotiations.
Palisades Nuclear Techs’ First Contract is ‘Well Worth the Wait’
Solidarity with co-workers brings collective bargaining to new Entergy unit
The MSUWC recently completed negotiations with Entergy for a four-year contract for members at the Palisades Nuclear Plant. Part of the new agreement was the inclusion of the techs at Palisades.
Moving the Ball Forward on Gas Safety and Methane Emissions Reductions
The UWUA continues to make significant progress in CA, creating a model for the nation
The UWUA is making significant progress in its California campaign to improve gas system safety and integrity in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. Local 132 is making the case for the value of direct worker input in policy and ratemaking cases. The CA Public Utilities Commission’s senior managers are including UWUA members in discussions about how to make regular communication with workers a more significant aspect of the regulatory process.
As CO2 Reduction Rules Take Hold, Union Continues Fight to Protect Jobs
Government officials and regulators commit to input from affected workers and communities
The release of the final rule on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by the Environmental Protection Agency on August 3 was undoubtedly one the most impactful events to affect utility workers long term. The CPP mandates carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction standards for the states and applies to all existing power plants. If not for the intervention of the UWUA at the highest levels of government before the issuance of the final rule, the outcome for affected members, their families, and communities would be far worse.
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- President’s Message
Making the Most of the World’s Focus on Energy There is a focus on energy now that is greater than at any time in history. Evidence of this is everywhere. You cannot turn on the TV or open a newspaper without seeing news coverage of energy related el...
- American Water Joins P4A
First Water Utility to Train with Union Program Recognizing the importance of safety and skills training for UWUA members, the National UWUA and American Water Works have entered into a 5-year agreement that will allow the UWUA Power for America Trai...
- Rallying for Suffolk County Members
To draw attention to, and support for, a contract settlement with Suffolk County, NY, Local 393 President Nick Caracappa recently rallied with his members and their families on Long Island. This marked members’ second year without a contract and thir...
- AEP Contract Brings Gains, New Possibilities
More than 1,200 UWUA members working for American Electric Power in Ohio and West Virginia recently won a three-year agreement that includes significant improvements and raises the bar for future negotiations. Up until this round of bargaining, the c...
- Speaking Out
What do you see are the issues that will most affect you in the 2016 Presidential campaign, and which of the candidates (Democrat or Republican) do you feel are addressing those issues? Chris Ericksen Vice President Local 270 With the campaign proces...
- Palisades Nuclear Techs’ First Contract
‘Well Worth the Wait!’ On May 12, 2011, as Rick Bonnett stood in line to cast his vote to join the UWUA, he reflected on how difficult the journey had been. In his 19 years, Rick, an instruments and controls technician at Entergy’s Palisades Nuclear...
- Local 409 Grows with Gas!!
Local 409 Secretary Nyle Vinciquarra has accepted the challenge to grow the local in the gas distribution industry by moving with the work and sharing his union skills with new local members. When his NJ employer, J.F. Kiely, expanded to PA, Nyle agr...
- UWUA Moves the Ball Forward on Gas Safety and Methane Emission Reductions
The UWUA is making significant progress in its California campaign to improve gas system safety and integrity in both the legislative and regulatory arenas in the past year. The status quo of a leaky, antiquated system is no longer what California is...
- Union Continues the Fight to Protect Good Jobs as CO2 Rules Take Hold
The release of the final rule on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by the Environmental Protection Agency on August 3 was undoubtedly one the most impactful events to affect utility workers longterm. The CPP mandates carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction...
- Secretary-Treasurer’s Report
Year-End Review, and Looking Forward to 2016 As we enter this holiday season, it is important to review this past year’s events and look forward to next year’s opportunities. 2015 was a year of transition for our National Union. As an organization,...
- Executive Vice President’s Report
Paid Time Off and More, Brought to You by Your Union With the holidays upon us, now is a good time to reflect on why we get to enjoy the benefits we have today. How is it that we are able to have paid time off to be with family and friends? What brou...
- National Vice President’s Report
The 2016 Regional Conferences: Back To Basics Employer aggression towards employees is certainly nothing new. Corporations exist for one thing and one thing only, profit. But in a true democracy, those we elect to public office have a duty to represe...
- Staff Changes Position National for the Future
In order to best represent its members, the UWUA is always looking to maximize the power and potential of its officers and staff. The appointment of National Executive Board member Dan Hurley to the position of Region I senior national representative...
- Meet the Human Rights Committee’s New Members
New Members of Human Rights Committee’s Murphy Ball is the new Region III Human Rights Committee representative. A member of Ohio Local 270, he has worked for First-Energy, previously the Cleveland Light and Illuminating Company, for 34 years. “In l...
- Passing of Robert Fronek and John Devlin
UWUA members, staff, and officers recently lost two union giants, retired Region III National Representative Robert Fronek, and UWUA Safety Director and Senior National Representative John Devlin. Their years of service to the membership will always...
- Women’s Caucus “Our Time is Now, Sisters!”
The UWUA Women’s Caucus has been making strides since convening at the 30th Constitutional Convention this past July. In August, Caucus Chair, Local 601 Executive Secretary Valerie King, and Co-Chair, Local 1-2 Shop Steward Ursula Grant, attended the...
- Saluting Our UWUA Retirees
The UWUA wishes all our retirees health and happiness during your “golden years.” Enjoy it — you’ve earned it! Return to Utility Worker Magazine Oct/Nov/Dec 2015...
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