UPSEU recently won an election in Masachusetts for the Town of Wilbraham employees working in the DPW, Police Dispatch, Town Hall and Library. The group was formerly repesented by the Operating Engineers.
When UPSEU Labor Relations Representative Roger Stolen asked how often membership meetings had been held, "Members told us that they had very little contact with their old union and never had membership meetings in town just for their group. The Operating Engineers were only around when it was time to negotiate a contract or sign up new members to start collecting dues. Getting a phone call response was also very difficult.
UPSEU had challenged the Operating Engineers to a debate which was requested by members, however the Operating Engineers didn't bother to respond to UPSEU or the members, and didn't show up for the debate. UPSEU did have representatives at the debate and answered the group's questions about UPSEU and the election process.
Wilbraham joins the growing number of groups that are making the switch to UPSEU. We welcome the Town of Wilbraham employees to a union that is making a difference every day for you.