We have an exciting win for worker justice in Iowa to share with you!
After four months of organizing, nearly 30 workers voted YES to join the DMI American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 44.
In July, a group of workers from PAE in Urbandale came to Iowa CCI to organize and improve their working environment. PAE – a subcontractor for the US Postal Service – was cutting benefits, freezing wages, increasing production rates, and retaliating against long-time employees.
A group of 18 workers – mostly women, mostly Latina – met weekly to develop organizing strategies to take back their workplace. Week after week more workers joined with us.
We teamed up with DMI APWU Local 44 organizers in Des Moines to prepare workers to take all the necessary steps to form a union – the most powerful move to secure worker rights and fair treatment.
Last Friday afternoon, they officially won their union in a HUGE landslide vote!
It’s been exciting to see the courage of these workers who – true to CCI style – aren’t ones to stand by and just let things happen. They talked, they acted and they got things done – making their workplace better for all.
In the battle for an economy that truly works for everyone, not just the wealthy few, I think you’ll agree that this is an exciting win. And, the work has just begun. Stay tuned as these workers negotiate – and win – their first union contract.
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