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Organizing Victories in NY, PA and Nevada

In a world stained with bad news, these working people filled us all with hope

Kris LaGrange's picture
Aug 25, 2017

With all of the negative national news that has been coming out this week, UCOMM decided to give you some good news for a change and welcome some new members into the union movement. The following victories show that union organizing is happening across the country in both free bargaining and in Right to Work states.

In Nevada, 27 employees of Nevada Solar One are now members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 396. While solar power is booming, many people who work within solar are non-union.  At Nevada Solar One, 17 employees voted for better wages and benefits while for some reason, 10 voted against their self-interest. The bargaining unit is made up of all full-time and regular part-time mechanic, solar field laborer, power plant operator, control room operator, welder, production technician, solar field operator, I&C technician, and electricians. These 27 employees will now play a major part in greening Nevada’s electrical grid as the output from their solar farm equals the carbon reduction of taking 22,000 cars of the road.

While New York is the strongest union state in the country, the Tarrytown Marriot, just outside of New York City, was still unorganized. On August 10th, 49 employees voted to join the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (NYHTC). Of the 49 eligible employees, 43 voted to join the NYHTC, 1 person voted to join a fake union, and only 5 people made a dumb decision. The employees that are now joining the NYHTC include all full time and regular part time housekeepers, housemen and engineers.

In the sweetest of the three elections, 97 employees at Cargill Cocoa and Chocolates in are now members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Local 6 (BCTGM). Now all full time and regular part time production and maintenance employees will be union. When the vote occurred, 60 employees voted yes and for some reason 37 voted no.  

Congratulations to the 173 new union members in Nevada, Pennsylvania and New York who banded together to better their job situations by voting Union Yes!

Now go out and enjoy your last summer weekend.

Pictured above are some of the Cargill employees after they found out the results of their union election.

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