We have chosen to organize with UE Local 150 because of the union’s democratic, member-run processes and its roots on our UNC campus.
From UE Local 150’s website:
UE 150 Has Roots at UNC
“That summer we just got hot and tired, ” explained Barbara Prear, a state employee and former president of the union, referring to the early 1990’s struggle by housekeepers at UNC Chapel Hill that laid the foundation for UE 150. By the mid-90’s, University employees were joining hands with municipal employees to create a new statewide union, an organization that would later be strengthened by an influx of employees from the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and elsewhere. A founding convention in 1999 made it all official with elected statewide officers and a constitution for UE local 150, NCPSWU. We are a founding member of the HOPE Coalition that fights for collective bargaining rights. We are key players, together with the NAACP, that organizes annual marches on the state capitol to demand social and economic justice. We are involved in the “Moral Monday’s” Campaign against the draconian policies of the state general assembly. Several of our officers and members have been arrested in the ongoing protests.We are also active on national issues through our affiliation with UE, recently voted Most Valuable Union in America by Nation Magazine.
Standing Up for Public Employees Across North Carolina
We are an organization that fights every day to improve the lives of public workers across our state. Our immediate goals are better wages and working conditions and protection from unfair treatment. Our long-term goal is collective bargaining rights for public employees. 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.
UE 150 is a member-run organization. In each workplace, our union builds chapters and holds meetings where workers discuss problems and develop action plans to solve them. Members elect stewards to lead union activities and represent employees in each workplace.
Members in each chapter also elect a representative to serve on UE150’s state executive board, which coordinates the union’s overall work. Every two years chapters send delegates to a statewide convention to elect state officers and set union policies. The members vote on what the union’s priorities will be and how union money will be spent.
We are also part of UE, a national union that provides us with staff, research, legal education and strategic planning assistance. Our local has elected representation at the regional and national levels of UE and plays an important leadership role in the national organization.