UE Local 150
UE Local 150 North Carolina Public Service Workers' Union First Constitutional Convention
It's a union. It's a civil rights struggle. It's a dynamic movement to improve the lives of public-sector workers in North Carolina. UE Local 150, the North Carolina Public Service Workers' Union, is organizing to bring better conditions to employees of the University of North Carolina and other public workplaces. Hundreds of housekeepers, groundskeepers, maintenance workers and other employees have already joined Local 150 chapters established at 11 of the 16 UNC campuses. And in May, the Durham City Workers’ Union voted to affiliate with Local 150.
In organizing their UE local, these workers are determined to build a powerful statewide, rank-and-file union voice — despite a state law that makes it illegal for any state institution to bargain with a union — and put an end to the second-class status of the largely African-American workforce.
After two years of work, Local 150 members are coming together to draft and adopt a constitution, rally for justice, learn, discuss issues, set priorities and adopt a program at the first-ever UE Local 150 Constitutional Convention.
June 30, 1999
UE 150 Chapters and Organizing Committees
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
The North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150 will hold its Constitutional Convention on July 30 through August 1, 1999 on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
After two years of hard work to build the membership of UE Local 150, the time has come for the members to establish the Constitution and By-Laws of this union. This convention will put life into the UE slogan "The members run this union." Women and men from different workplaces will discuss, debate and determine UE 150 policies, decide on priorities and elect officers for the statewide union.
The principle of rank-and-file democracy is based on the participation and self-reliance of our members. The discussions and workshops at the convention will provide members with education about the role of our union in empowering workers to make improvements on the job, and better equip them to assume greater responsibility for the day-to-day running of the union chapters and statewide organization.
On July 30, the opening day of the convention, UE 150 members and supporters will rally on the steps of the North Carolina General Assembly demanding a living wage, opposition to discrimination and privatization, and for collective bargaining for public employees. This will send a message to the state lawmakers that UE 150 has a political agenda as part of its program for empowering workers.
The problems faced by UE 150 members on the job and in their communities, poor labor laws, pollution, lack of access to quality healthcare, poor education, discrimination, unjust wars abroad and more, require that our union have a broad vision about worker rights that starts with, but extends beyond, the workplace.
All chapters, organizing committees and at-large members are called upon to discuss the many issues confronting the membership and to bring them to the convention workshops to develop them into resolutions for consideration by the convention. Please begin planning now for this important event.
Barbara Prear, President
Be part of history at the First Constitutional Convention of UE Local 150 — The North Carolina Public Service Workers' Union! Please note that the pre-registration payment deadline is July 21st.
*One day of housing will be paid for workers in delegations of 10 or more members in UE 150 Chapters or Organizing Committees traveling more than 60 miles.
For more info call 1-800-815-4946 or 252-977-1419
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