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Cogentrix-Rumford Power Workers in Maine Vote to Join UWUA

WASHINGTON, DC (DECEMBER 5, 2023) – Workers who operate and maintain a 265-megawatt Rumford, Maine combined cycle natural gas power plant recently voted to unionize and become the newest members of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO. The group had some concerns about working conditions and job security that led them to take…

Statement on Michigan’s Clean Energy Law

WASHINGTON, DC (NOVEMBER 28, 2023) – The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO released the following statement today following Governor Whitmer’s action signing a package of clean energy legislation into law. The following is a statement on behalf of UWUA Executive Vice President Patrick Dillon: “The legislation allows for power source flexibility to support…

UWUA Urges Worker Participation During OSHA Enforcement Investigations

WASHINGTON, DC (NOVEMBER 13, 2023) – The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO recently submitted comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the agency’s proposed rule on the Worker Walkaround Representative Designation Process. In a letter to Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Douglas Parker, UWUA National Safety Director John…

SAFETY CORNER: New Initiatives to Improve Workplace Safety

The National Safety Committee attended two conferences this fall and came away with important information to share. In October, I represented the UWUA at the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Safety Congress & Expo. The NSC is an organization focused on eliminating the leading causes of preventable workplace injury and death. The NSC recently launched an…

President Biden’s Union Record

When Joe Biden ran for President he said that if elected he would be the most pro-union President in history. It’s now been nearly 3 years since he took office, so we have a pretty good idea as to whether that statement is true or not. On day one of his presidency, January 20, 2021,…

A New Type of Bargaining for Local 69

When negotiating contracts, members at Local 69 were accustomed to sometimes contentious face offs with their two employers, Dominion Energy and Berkshire Hathaway. After Dominion sold its West Virginia natural gas operations to Hope Gas in late 2022 and the local’s collective bargaining agreement covering 265 employees came up for renewal in 2023, Local 69…

Midwest Municipal Locals Ink New Deals

Local 108 and Anderson, IN Patience paid off for 58 members of Local 108 who run Anderson’s water and wastewater systems. UWUA was the last of the city’s municipal unions to reach agreement on a contract renewal; the prior agreement expired December 31, 2021. Ryan Green, who stepped down as local president this fall, said,…