UE local 150, the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, is a member-run organization made up of thousands of state and city workers.
We are state employees at hospitals and universities, city employees in sanitation, streets, fleet maintenance, parks, and other public works departments.There are official UE 150 chapters in more than a dozen cities statewide. With every new member, our fight for better jobs and conditions for public workers gets stronger.
So the director of the 55,000 members 1199SEIU Massachusetts has been suspended for sexual assault, but first we get you the good news from the historic campaign to unionize the La Times and most importantly from the docks of Charleston in the fight to #OrganizeTheSouth:
This week’s Payday goes out to 53 short haul port truck drivers employed by Container Maintenance Corporation at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina who voted to join the Teamsters this week.
“The final straw that led us to unite as Teamsters was in August when the company changed our pay from hourly to ‘production,’ and then cut our pay. I applied for a home loan and when the underwriter called the company to verify my income, the company told them I’m ‘just a production worker’ with no verifiable income so I was rejected. Now as Teamsters, we can negotiate a pay and benefits package that works for families like mine,” said Reggie McQueen, who has worked at CMC.
The Teamsters are confident that the win at the Port of Charleston will open the door to more organizing among the short term, often exploited truck drivers who drive cargo between the Port of Charleston and the railyard.
“Local 509 believes this victory is a monumental win because it will pave the way for many others at the Charleston ports,” said James Todd, Local 509 President. “We want to thank everyone for the hard work and dedication to make this campaign successful.”