From the Jul/Aug/Sep 2022 issue

News Roundup

Tammy Pease Becomes First-Ever Female Troubleshooter for Local 369

When electric power goes out, troubleshooters are the first at the scene to determine what caused the outage. They’re the individuals who work with overhead linemen and splicers to handle storm damage. If a cable blows up, it’s the troubleshooter who isolates, deenergizes, and makes temporary repairs until an inspector can make permanent repairs. Local…

News Roundup

Local 270 Berea Water Workers Achieve First Contract

Members of Ohio Local 270 ratified their first UWUA contract with the City of Berea’s water department in June. The unit of 10 water workers organized in early 2021 but faced a long road to their first contract. “This was a tough one because both parties came to the table presenting a full contract,” Local…

Executive Vice President's Report

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Organize or Die

The theme of the Utility Workers Union of America’s 31st and most recent constitutional convention in 2019 was “Our Mission: Protecting Our Legacy, Building Our Future!” and with the rapid changes occurring in the utility industry there is no better mission. Our industry is changing quickly. Although some of these changes are resulting in the…

President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Lessons We Can Take From National Organizing Wins

Today we see thousands of workers taking back their power, grabbing headlines and securing big wins against the country’s most powerful, anti-union employers. Starbucks baristas, Amazon workers and young workers who have never been involved in an organizing campaign are taking on the Goliaths of the world and delivering radical change in their work lives.…

Secretary-Treasurer's Report

Secretary-Treasurer’s Report: How Do We Maintain and Build Power?

As union members, we have far better pay, health and pension benefits, safety protections, grievance processes, and job protections than our non-union counterparts. We didn’t get these things by simply asking. We got them because we have the power — or leverage — to get what we want. Anyone who has sat through a contract…

National Vice President's Report

NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Preparing Our Union to Organize!

There is truly power in numbers, especially when it comes to unions. Workers win bigger gains at the bargaining table and in the political arena when we have higher density. Density means representing a greater share of the workforce — whether within individual companies, sectors, geographic regions, or nationally. A local representing all union-eligible workers…

The Emerging Hydrogen Economy

Clean hydrogen is a pillar of the U.S. strategy for reducing carbon emissions, and the UWUA is focused on ensuring that this growth includes high-quality jobs for members. Federal and several state governments as well as private industry are betting heavily on clean hydrogen production and deployment across a variety of hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the…

News Roundup

Perseverance and Unity Pay Off for Members in Regions II and III

Over the past several months members in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania have negotiated and ratified new agreements that raise member wages and standards and ensure job security for the coming years. Long process, big gains at Local 540 Members at Local 540 in Cranberry Township, PA, negotiated for nearly a year before ratifying a new…

News Roundup

Two UWUA Families Win Union Plus Scholarships

The UWUA congratulates Tara Cantalupo and Ava Taspatsaris for earning Union Plus scholarships. Both of these exceptional young women are the daughters of UWUA Local 1-2 members. The Union Plus program awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need, and commitment to the values of organized labor. The scholarships can be used…

YOUNG WORKERS: Unions Offer High School Students a Path to Success

Did you know the average cost of tuition at public 4-year institutions rose over 179% in the last 20 years? High college loan debt is one of many factors that contributes to 50% of college graduates moving home after graduating from college. During our committee’s 2021 round-table discussion with high school students, we learned that…

News Roundup

Region II/III Conference Roundup

Members gathered in Cleveland June 2-4 to share information, hear from National leadership and staff, and learn new strategies for bargaining, building community coalitions, and improving workplace safety.