USIC workers, members of CWA Local 1101, who mark the New York City and Long Island streets for Con Ed and National Grid before they dig, voted overwhelmingly to keep their union last week. The employer launched a vicious anti-union campaign aimed at intimidating workers leading up to the vote.
CWA has successfully lobbied in New York City to include these members under "prevailing wage" laws, which would mean a significant wage increase. Although the Comptroller agrees with CWA and has ordered USIC to pay prevailing wage, the company has appealed the decision.
Councilman Brad Lander has now promised to introduce legislation to mandate that USIC pay the prevailing wage. Many other elected leaders backed these workers as they fought to keep their union despite USIC's threats and coercive tactics, including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and New York State Senator and Labor Chair Jessica Ramos.
USIC workers, members of CWA Local 1101, voted overwhelmingly to keep their union!