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Organizing Victories in PA, Iowa, and Missouri

Employees in water distribution, college students and warehouse workers have all voted to join a union

Brian Young's picture
Dec 10, 2018

As wages fail to increase and more jobs seem to be sent overseas every day, workers are joining together and organizing. Today, we are focusing on three recent organizing victories in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Missouri.

Across Pennsylvania, the hardworking men and women at Pennsylvania American Water organized and voted to join the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 537. After the vote was approved by the NLRB on November 29th, 2018, 111 people voted to join the union and 4 people lost their minds and voted no. Additionally, 9 people voted to join a different branch of Local 537. The new bargaining unit will include all maintenance, and clerical employees employed at the Bethel Distribution Center, Pittsburgh Meter Shop, Aldrich Treatment Plant, and Becks Run-Hays Mine Treatment Plant.

In Iowa, a local union has formed. The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW) was formed by students of Grinnell College students who work on campus. When the vote was held, 274 students voted to join the union and 54 voted against the union. Just days after the vote, Grinnell students held a strike vote but failed to achieve the needed 2/3rds vote. The students have been trying to organize since 2016.

Employees who work at Foundation Building Materials in Bridgeton Missouri also recently voted to join Teamsters Local 682. All four of the people in the bargaining unit voted yes and the new bargaining unit will include all part-time and full-time warehouse workers. Although the bargaining unit may be small, this victory shows that unions are still strong in a red state.

Congratulations to all of the hundreds of new union members that have decided to give themselves a voice in their workplace by joining a union.

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