Utility Weekly — Feburary 13, 2017

The Latest News for Utility Workers

UWUA News

UWUA National Safety Director Tapped for U.S. Department of Transportation Working Group 
UWUA is proud to announce that in December of 2016, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, selected UWUA National Safety Director Scotty MacNeill to represent the interests of labor as a member of the Department of Transportation’s new Voluntary Information-Sharing Working Group. Read More

Video: UWUA’s Power for America Training Trust Fund Leads the Way
The Power for America Training Trust Fund is an impressive example of the innovative programs launched by UWUA and the benefits available to UWUA members. P4A provides our members with access to unique apprentice training programs where they can earn approved certificates and associate degrees at selected colleges. Watch the Video

Professional/Technical

Professionals Want a Union and a Raise, Says New Survey
The results of a Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) survey paint a very positive picture for labor as it seeks to reverse decades of declining numbers. Despite widespread political and corporate resistance to unions, sentiments towards collective bargaining and the labor movement give us reason to be optimistic and proactive in our organizing efforts. Read more

Public Sector

Staples Removed: How Postal Workers Defeated a Privatization Scheme
“The Staples boycott is over, and the union won. The Postal Workers (APWU) announced January 5 that the Postal Service will terminate its deal with Staples, closing down the 540 “mini-post offices” inside stores by the end of February and nixing plans to expand them to all 1,600 locations.

The union fought for three years against the deal, which amounted to contracting out post office work to the low-wage, non-union office retailer.” Read More