From the director, Julie Kushner, Region 9A: Solidarity with Locked-Out Honeywell Workers
Since May 9th, over 350 UAW members from Local 1508 in Green Island, NY (Region 9A) and Local 9 in South Bend, Indiana (Region 2B) have been locked out by Honeywell’s Aerospace division after rejecting a contract which would result in dramatic cuts in healthcare, the elimination of the pension plan, and a weakening of the overtime rules. In essence, members would be taking pay cuts after the high cost medical plan is forced on the workers. All this while Honeywell CEO David Cote earned $34 million in 2015 and upon retirement will have a pension of $800,000 per month.
Region 9A members have been steadfast in their support of their locked-out sisters and brothers having made trips to New York’s Capital District to walk the picket line, attending rallies, engaging in civil disobedience, and raising funds for the members to help meet their everyday expenses and to make sure they had the ability to enjoy the holiday season. This past Thanksgiving, UAW Local 3999 from Bath, Maine took their solidarity to the highway, driving 5 hours to Green Island to deliver turkeys and all the holiday trimmings for the Local 1508 members and their families. Solidarity, brothers and sisters!
Pilgrims and Native People Organize,
Gain New World for Workers!
On December 2, 2016, the NLRB certified a unit of 77 workers at the Plimoth Plantation, living history museum in historic Plymouth, MA. These workers are historical interpreters of 17th century pilgrims and are Native American workers who explain and demonstrate how the Wampanoag’s ancestors lived and interacted with the pilgrims. Also in the unit are the workers in building and grounds who maintain the historic sites.