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The UIW Virgin Islands Quarterly meeting will be held virtually via StarLeaf on January 25 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AST (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST).

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it “the most significant step Congress has taken to strengthen labor laws in the United States in 85 years and a win for workers everywhere.”

The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 6 passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (HR 2474), with bipartisan support. The final tally was 224 in favor and 194 against.

The last member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council to have served during World War II passed away July 30.

Morton Bahr, president emeritus of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), was a shipboard radio operator during the war before he came ashore to begin a career that culminated in heading the union that dealt with telecommunications workers.

Karen Horton-Gennette has been appointed by the SIU Executive Board to become the new UIW National Director. She assumed the post effective Jan. 1, 2019, replacing Kate Hunt, who had held the position since August 2016 and is Vice President of the SIU’s Government Services Division.
The yearly report on union membership from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed very little change in 2018.

The nearly 400 UIW members at Save The Queen (Queen Mary) in Long Beach, California are the proud benefactors of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

Approved in July by an overwhelming margin, the new pact boasts an impressive array of features including annual wage hikes for tipped as well as non-tipped employees, yearly increases in pensions and the maintenance of health benefits at previously negotiated levels.

With respect to certain work rules, the new accord calls for:

Reduced “pointing” for calling -out during special events,

Union members at UIW-contracted and Seattle, Washington-based Techsea International are the proud beneficiaries of a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.

Initial negotiations for the accord took place in early March at the SIU/ SEATU hiring hall in Honolulu, Hawaii, the home waters of the 50-plus Techsea Observers whom the new pact covers. Members unanimously ratified the contract July 3.

Attention: UIW Members

Don’t miss your chance to find out firsthand which political candidates support your views.

Representing public- and private-sector employees in the Virgin Islands for nearly three decades, the United Industrial Workers/Seafarers International Union is sponsoring two free forums. These events are open to all union members.

The first event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2 at Walkers by the Sea on St. Thomas.

The second gathering is set for Thursday, October 4 at Reading Rainbow School on St. Croix.