United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)

The United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) is an independent, national union which was founded in 1936. UE is one of the few U.S. unions to combine aggressive organizing and a sense of political vision. Our membership has expanded from industrial plants to include many public and service sector locals, and we now represent assembly workers, machinists, clerical workers, plastic injection molders, tool and die makers, custodians, truck drivers, warehouse workers, sheet metal workers, technical workers, as well as public workers including social workers, scientists, librarians, day care and health care workers, graduate employees and hundreds of other occupations.

One of the hallmarks of UE is our democratic way of operating. The Union's commitment to rank and file democracy is encapsulated in its slogan "The members run this union," and the common identity of our diverse membership is based on working together in a democratic, rank and file union. UE members make all key decisions about how their locals run, and also determine policy on a Regional and national level.

Education is therefore a critical element in our work: whether it is through workshops, educational materials, worker to worker delegations to other countries, or discussions at meetings or in the workplace. And the education we have done in past years has been critical in helping our members both in maintaining an internationalist perspective and in providing rank and file leadership. That leadership is one of the things that distinguishes our union, and is a major source of our strength.

When we build alliances, it is with strong connections from our rank and file leaders, not just from the top ranks of our union. Our programmatic work takes place at four levels: 1) organizing and representing workers in their places of work; 2) fighting for a social, economic and political program which benefits working people, especially around the issues of workers' rights and single payer health care; 3)establishing relationships of solidarity between workers and their organizations in different countries; and 4) working to confront the power of corporations and the neo-liberal ideology, policies and structures of corporate globalization while at the same time working to develop alternatives.

Contact Information
One Gateway center, Suite 1400
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
United States
Is Registered: 
USSF 2010