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

Pittsburgh, PA

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) is a national union representing private and public sector workers throughout the United States. The UE is one of the original CIO unions and has maintained its progressive, rank and file stance since it was founded in the 1930s. The National Union's Legal Department provides advice and legal support to the UE's national officers, field staff and locals. 

Depending on the interests and skills of the Fellow, s/he will do legal research, write memos, positions statements and briefs on a broad range of private and public sector labor issues, prepare materials for proceedings before federal courts, state employee relations boards and the National Labor Relations Board, and assist in preparing staff training materials on immigrant workers rights, the rights of strikers, workers' rights in the face of changing NLRB precedent, and related issues. Among other things, recent Peggy Browning Fellows have written appellate briefs, helped prepare witnesses for arbitration and NLRB representation hearings, and worked with the UE's North Carolina International Workers' Justice Project, which involves using international and domestic law to challenge state law prohibiting collective bargaining for public sector workers there.

The UE Legal Department is a small, fast-paced environment that maintains an informal atmosphere. We have an excellent labor and employment law library and access to WESTLAW. The Fellow will be trained in labor research and will be directly supervised by the General Counsel. S/he will have the opportunity to participate in staff meetings and training; anyone in the legal department is available to answer questions; formal one-to-one supervision will be scheduled on a weekly basis. Fellows are paid on a weekly basis.

We would like to participate in the program remotely; however, we are willing to make room for a partial remote and partial in-office experience, whichever will work best for the student.

The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $6,000.

For more information on the UE, visit http://www.ueunion.org

Address cover letter to:

Irene Donna Thomas, Esq.
General Counsel
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
4 Smithfield Street, 9th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222