USW District 1: News/Releases
November 25, 2013
District 1 Director's Team takes 2013 Grand Champion Chili Title
Twelve teams from across Ohio met in Mansfield at USW Local 169's Hall, October 16, to compete in District 1's annual Chili Cook-off and to challenge the reigning Grand Chili Champion, Local 207L for the 2013 title of District 1 Grand Champion Chili.
November 15, 2013
National Labor College Closing
The National Labor College (NLC), which has offered training and education to thousands of union members across the United States since 1969, announced plans this week to close the school.
November 15, 2013
President Obama Speaks to USW LU 979 Steelworkers at ArcelorMittal Cleveland
The United Steelworkers (USW) welcomed President Barack Obama yesterday when he spoke to workers at the 100 year-old integrated steel facility, ArcelorMittal Cleveland. The President met with employees at the hot dip galvanising line of USW Local Union 979 and gave a speech on the economy.
November 14, 2013
Steelworkers to Welcome President Obama in Cleveland
The United Steelworkers (USW) will welcome President Barack Obama tomorrow to ArcelorMittal Cleveland, a 100 year-old integrated steel facility that nearly closed in 2002 as a result of LTV Steel's bankruptcy and yet survives as the most efficient steelmaking operation in North America and one of the most efficient in the world.
November 13, 2013
Gov. Kasich costs Ohio thousands of jobs
Over 1,000 family supporting, community sustaining jobs at Ormet's smelter in Hannibal will be lost if nothing is done by the Ohio Governor.
November 12, 2013
Steelworkers to Kasich: "Save Ohio Jobs!"
The United Steelworkers (USW) today launched a multimedia campaign via the web site, www.saveohiojobs.org, seeking elected officials, community leaders and members of the general public to sign onto a statement calling for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to use the power of his office to save over 1,000 family supporting, community sustaining jobs at Ormet's smelter in Hannibal.
November 11, 2013
The Key Component to District 1 Women of Steel Conference is Training
The United Steelworkers District 1 2013 Women of Steel Conference was held October 28-31 in Strongsville, Ohio. Women from twenty-five Ohio based Local Unions participated in the four day educational conference.
November 08, 2013
Ormet Steelworkers to Host "Save Ohio Jobs" Video Preview Multimedia Campaign, Website Urge Gov. Kasich to Take Action
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that Local 5724 in Clarington, Ohio will host an exclusive preview of the union's new "Save Ohio Jobs" video and website to support the union's campaign to restart Ormet's smelter in Hannibal at 11 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 12, 2013.
October 29, 2013
Ormet Membership Update - October 29, 2013
Ormet Corporation filed a motion on Monday, October 28 asking the Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to allow it on an emergency basis to make changes to our Hannibal labor agreement.
October 25, 2013
Ormet Membership Update - October 25, 2013
As we learned this week, Ormet's lenders have decided to discontinue payment for our negotiated, contractual benefits such as supplemental unemployment, continued health insurance coverage and the payment of existing claims, which leaves our members potentially exposed for unpaid medical bills.
October 23, 2013
Racing Tires Made by USW Local 2 Workers Featured in Videos
An Akron, TV station WKYC 3 featured two videos which highlights the work done by United Steelworker members at Local Union 2. The first video covered the importance of tires to race car drivers and what it means to the average consumer. The second video features the actual work done by our members.
October 15, 2013
Director Dave McCall's Letter to Gov. John Kasich Regarding Ormet
District 1 Director Dave McCall reached out to the Governor of Ohio John Kasich with an urgent request because there are approximately 1,100 family-supporting jobs in jeopardy as Ormet Corporation struggles through the bankruptcy process.
October 08, 2013
Ormet Membership Update - October 8, 2013
On October 2nd, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) denied a majority of Ormet's request for an energy transition plan that would have allowed the company to continue production and build an on-site natural gas power plant that would greatly reduce the companyâ€™s electricity costs in the future.
October 08, 2013
Steelworkers Urge Action from Kasich to Save Jobs at Ormet
The United Steelworkers (USW) today called upon Ohio Gov. John Kasich to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to assist in continued discussions with American Electric Power (AEP) and Ormet and negotiate a resolution that will enable the smelter in Hannibal, Ohio to resume full operations.
September 25, 2013
USW Local 8565 Rallies Against Rotek Unfair Labor Practices
On September 21, 2013, the 100 plus members of UNited Steelworkers Local 8565, on an unfair labor practice strike at Rotek, were joined in Solidarity by Steelworker locals and others in the community. An estimated crowd of 300 braved a constant downpour.
August 22, 2013
Who will be the District 1 Chili Cook-Off Grand Champion?
The Annual District 1 Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by District 1 Women of Steel, will be held on November 16, 2013. This year the event will be held at United Steelworkers Local 169 Hall, 376 W. Longview Avenue, Mansfield, OH, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proceeds will be placed in a fund to benefit future locked out or striking District 1 members.
August 19, 2013
As Ormet Goes … So Goes the Valley
Just short of 1,000 Hannibal, Ohio Steelworkers at Local 5724 have fought for justice and dignity at Ormet many times over the years, including an unfair labor practice strike in 2004 that ended with the company in bankruptcy court.
August 14, 2013
Steelworkers Will Rally to Urge PUCO Intervention, Save Ormet Jobs
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union will sponsor a rally on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 to save approximately 1,000 jobs at Ormet's aluminum smelter in Hannibal, Ohio.
August 13, 2013
Sen. Brown, Rep. Clyde to Join USW Members on Rotek Picket Line
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde will join members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 8565 on the picket line Wednesday morning at the Rotek Inc. factory in Aurora, Ohio.
August 12, 2013
USW Members Ratify Contract with Bridgestone-Firestone
Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) voted to ratify a new four-year contract with Bridgestone-Firestone covering 4,500 workers at six facilities.
August 09, 2013
Forever Stamps Honor America’s Industrial Workers
The contributions of America’s industrial-era workers are memorialized on a new sheet of Forever stamps titled Made in America: Building a Nation. The stamps, which feature black-and-white photographs of early 20th-century industrial workers, were dedicated at the Department of Labor today by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.
August 09, 2013
USW, AK Steel Reach Tentative Agreement at Ashland, Ky., Plant
The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with AK Steel covering 860 workers at the steelmakerss Ashland, Ky., facilities.
August 05, 2013
Announcing District 1 Women of Steel Conference
The United Steelworkers District 1 Women of Steel Conference will be held from October 28 - November 1, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio. Early registration will be held from 6:00 pm - 8 pm on Sunday, October 27 and from 8:30 am - 9:00 am on October 28.
July 29, 2013
USW, Bridgestone-Firestone Reach Tentative Agreement
The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Bridgestone-Firestone covering 4,500 workers at six facilities.
July 28, 2013
USW Reaches Tentative Agreement with Goodyear Tire
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement with Goodyear on a new four-year labor agreement covering 8,500 of the company's hourly employees at six locations. A previous four-year contract was scheduled to expire at midnight, July 27.
July 19, 2013
Steelworkers Will Urge Top ThyssenKrupp Management to Resume Negotiations, Resolve Rotek Dispute
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that about 50 members of Local 8565 on strike over unfair labor practices at ThyssenKrupp's Rotek subsidiary in Aurora, Ohio will travel to the company's headquarters in Troy, Michigan for a rally on Monday, July 22, 2013, where they also will hand deliver a letter from the union's negotiating committee to ThyssenKrupp's top labor relations executive, Vice President John Taylor.
July 16, 2013
2013 District 1 Pig Roast and Camporee
Director Dave McCall, on behalf of the USW staff, the Sub-Directors and the Sports and Recreation Committee, is pleased to announce the Annual District 1 Pig Roast and Camporee will be held from Friday, September 27 - Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the YMCA Hoover Y-Park in Columbus Ohio.
June 25, 2013
District 1 Women of Steel Scholarships
The United Steelworkers District 1 Women of Steel Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 winners.
June 14, 2013
Striking Steelworkers Deliver Message to Plibrico Management
This week, Steelworkers from Local 2324-03 at Plibrico carried their fight for a fair contract over 400 highway miles from the small town of Oak Hill in southern Ohio all the way to the companyâ€™s corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago.
June 05, 2013
USW Statement on Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement today on introduction of a U.S. Senate bill titled the: Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2013.
May 29, 2013
Republican Obstructionism is Destroying Protections for Working Men and Women
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall spoke with United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Tom Conway about the dysfunctional Senate and how Americans are losing protections they would normally have because of Republican obstructionism.
May 21, 2013
Workers Uniting - Just the Beginning of a Groundbreaking Fight
Today, the fight begins for a more prosperous, fairer economy for everyone. Workers Uniting, the global union formed by the United Steelworkers and the United Kingdom and Ireland’s Unite the Union, is hosting its first-ever economic policy conference, Building a Global Agenda for Shared Prosperity.
May 15, 2013
Republicans Prepared to Sacrifice the Economic Well-being of the Nation and its Middle Class
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall recently spoke with United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard about how President Obama is constantly trying to find ways to revive industry and manufacturing and how the Republicans continue to attack him and the people who trying to earn a living wage.
May 15, 2013
USW Praises Senate Support for Strong Buy America Requirements in Water Resources Development Act
The United Steelworkers (USW) lauded today’s overwhelming support in the Senate, by a 60-36 margin, to pass the Merkley-Brown amendment (#866) to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). This will ensure that federal taxpayer dollars used to fund water infrastructure projects under WRDA will be spent on goods and materials made here in America by American workers.
May 13, 2013
Steelworkers Deliver News of Rotek Dispute to Windy City Energy Conference
At the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference in Chicago this week, USW leaders from Rotek Inc.'s Aurora, Ohio plant spread the word about their struggle for a fair contract, confronted the corporation's top management and spent time talking to customers curious about their five-month labor dispute.
April 26, 2013
Steelworkers Update NLRB Charge against Phillips Manufacturing
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has updated its unfair labor practice charge with Region 8 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Phillips Manufacturing Co. because on Monday, April 22, the company again refused to bargain over the issue of recalling workers from a strike in Niles, Ohio ...
April 23, 2013
Announcing the Annual USW District 1 Bass Tournament
The Annual District 1 Bass Tournament will be held at Salt Fork Lake at Salt Fork Marina on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2013. Registration will be held from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 7:00 a.m. at the launching area. The tournament will start following registration. Weigh-in will be held at 4:00 p.m. Food and soft drinks for the contestants will be provided following the weigh-in.
April 22, 2013
Steelworkers Oppose Shareholder-Proposed Timken Split
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union supports Timken Co. management's opposition to a shareholder proposal that calls for splitting the company into distinct bearing and steel divisions.
April 16, 2013
USW Study Warns Public about Dangers of Hydrofluoric Acid Use in Refinery Alkylation Process to Produce Clean-Burning Gasoline
A United Steelworkers (USW) study released today-"A Risk Too Great, Hydrofluoric Acid in U.S. Refineries"-warns that refiners that use hydrofluoric acid (HF) in their alkylation process to make clean-burning gasoline do not have adequate safety systems in place and are not prepared to handle a release.
April 09, 2013
2013 Sports Committee Calendar
The dates, places and events for the District 1 sports events. Please refer to the calender for events near you.
March 19, 2013
Steelworkers Ratify Contracts with Titan International
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers at three Titan International, Inc. tire plants ratified new contracts this week. The members of USW Local 164 in Des Moines, Iowa; USW Local 745 in Freeport, Ill.; and USW Local 890 in Bryan, Ohio each approved four-year agreements ... more
March 17, 2013
2013 District 1 Chili Cook-Off CANCELLED
The Annual District 1 Chili Cook-Off has been cancelled.
January 28, 2013
Video: Comprehensive immigration reform might be shot in the arm organized labor needs
What would immigration reform mean for the labor movement? Ed Schultz asks Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers if labor will help push immigration reform across the line. (The Ed Show)
January 16, 2013
District 1 Education Calendar
The 2013 Education Calendar has been released by District 1. Please note that this is a tentative calendar and is subject to change.
December 12, 2012
Women of Steel: Honoring Our Past – Protecting Our Future”
As our Union continues in its proud tradition of leading the way on major issues affecting workers around the world and in the countries where our members live and work, we announce the next USW International Women’s Conference, “Women of Steel: Honoring Our Past - Protecting Our Future.”
December 11, 2012
USW Local 624 Members Ratify Contract at Husky Lima Refining
United Steelworkers (USW) Local 624 members ratified a three-year agreement last night with Husky Lima Refining in Lima, Ohio. The ratification followed a 135-day unfair labor practice strike and an unconditional return to work Oct. 8, 2012.
December 05, 2012
NEW VIDEO: USW Election 2012 Recap, Thank You
Click here to watch a recap of USW's role in the historic election of 2012.
November 16, 2012
RG Steel Membership Update 11-16-12
On October 25, the company filed a motion asking the bankruptcy court in Delaware for authority to implement a Key Employee Retention Plan which would allow RG Steel to pay $767,000 to 21 unnamed salaried personnel if they merely stay through the end of 2012.
November 07, 2012
USW Election Day Outcome Statement
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) said today’s Election Day outcome was defined by America’s union workers in the heartland, casting their votes to move America forward to re-elect U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
November 05, 2012
Boots on the Ground
United Steelworkers are telling their stories of members and activists across the country leafleting plant gates, registering folks to vote, doing block walks and more. Come back often to see if your story is here.
November 03, 2012
USW Joins More Than 50 Allies in ‘Money Out, Voters In’ Effort
The United Steelworkers (USW) union has joined allies from more than 50 other groups to fight back against the corporate influence in elections and against laws and official actions designed to suppress the vote. Under the banner “Money Out, Voters In,” the organizations issued a joint statement pledging to fight corporate money in politics and to support the rights of all voters.
October 26, 2012
“Steel Blitz” Tour for Barack Obama to Rally in Akron, Warren
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the 2012 Steel Blitz tour to rally support for President Barack Obama’s re-election will make two Ohio stops on Sat., Oct. 27, in Akron and Warren.
October 24, 2012
No Denial: 'Son Of Detroit' Profited From Bailout - And Jobs Shipped To China
"I'm a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars," said Mitt Romney on Monday night when he net with President Obama to discuss foreign policy. "And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry."
October 22, 2012
USW Praises Clear Channel Decision to Remove Signs Intimidating Voters
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said Clear Channel Communications made the right decision in removing anonymous billboards designed to intimidate voters and suppress turnout. The billboards, which warned of prison terms and fines for anyone engaged in voter fraud, began to appear in early October.
October 19, 2012
USW Ratifies Temple-Inland Integration Agreement with IP
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers ratified an agreement this week to integrate about 1,400 workers at 18 former Temple Inland box plants into the union’s master economic agreement with International Paper (IP), with 90% of the ballots cast in favor of the contract.
October 19, 2012
USW, Allies Launch Campaign in Response to Voter Suppression
The United Steelworkers (USW) union is joining forces with civil rights organizations to erect billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin in an effort to counteract an anonymous campaign to intimidate voters and suppress turnout.
September 28, 2012
USW Offers Unconditional Return to Work at Husky Refinery, Awaits Company Response
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has made the strategic decision to end its current unfair labor practice strike against Husky Energy and has made an unconditional offer to return to work at the refinery, effective immediately. The union is now waiting for the company’s response.
September 20, 2012
New Video: Saving the Auto Industry and USW Jobs
Click here to watch our new video telling the story of USW Local 903 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which went from struggling to survive to thriving thanks to the auto industry recovery package.
September 14, 2012
USW Members, Supporters Protest at Husky Energy Headquarters in Calgary; Demand a Fair Contract at Lima, Ohio Refinery
After a week of leafleting across Canada at Husky gas stations, a company office, a Husky refinery and the Lloydminster Heavy Oil Trade Show, United Steelworkers (USW) members and their supporters protested this morning at Husky Energy headquarters here to demand the company bargain fairly for a contract at its Lima, Ohio, refinery.
September 10, 2012
Hope Delivered: How “Obamacare” Helped a Steelworker Kid
The story of Travis Turner, the son of a Steelworker brother, will touch your heart. And remind you why the Affordable Care Act is hope delivered.
August 29, 2012
Ohio Federal Court Issues Injunction to Prevent Unconstitutional Rejection of Thousands of Provisional Ballots
Yesterday, a federal court in Columbus, Ohio, issued an injunction requiring the State of Ohio to count ballots cast by registered voters that Ohio law would otherwise require be thrown out for reasons attributable to poll worker error.
August 25, 2012
Stop Siemens Union-Busting
Workers in a North East, Maryland Siemens’ plant who recently signed affiliation cards with the United Steelworkers(USW) have become targets of the company’s anti-union philosophy. The company has launched a full-blown union-busting campaign rather than respect the workers’ right to choose a union.
August 13, 2012
USW Members at Veyance Technologies Ratify New Four-Year Contract
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that some 1,000 union-represented employees at Veyance Technologies, Inc. ratified a new four-year contract. The vote followed informational meetings and discussions by local members after negotiators reached a tentative agreement earlier in the month. The pact was ratified by more than a three-to-one margin.
August 01, 2012
USW reaches 4-year agreement with Veyance Technologies
After three months of negotiations, the United Steelworkers (USW) union has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Veyance Technologies, Inc. The settlement, which covers workers at four U.S. facilities, comes just a few days after members voted to authorize a strike ...
July 23, 2012
USW Members at Veyance Technologies to Vote to Authorize Strike; Bargaining Continues
More than 1,000 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at four locations across the US will vote to authorize a strike against auto parts and rubber engineered products manufacturer Veyance Technologies later this week. Union representatives from Lincoln, Neb.; Marysville and St. Mary’s, Ohio; and Sun Prairie, Wisc. have been in talks with Veyance Technologies ...
July 19, 2012
Congress Needs to Take Action to "Bring Jobs Home" - USW President
USW members raised their voices at more than 100 events across the country in support of the expected vote July 19 on a bill sponsored by U.S. Senator Deborah Stabenow (D-MI), ‘Bring Jobs Home Act’ (S. 3364).
July 17, 2012
China’s Illegal Trading Practices Endanger U.S. Auto Supply Chain
The Alliance for American Manufacturing, a partnership with the USW and leading domestic manufacturers, is on a nationwide campaign to defend the 1.6 million auto parts manufacturing jobs left in America.
July 09, 2012
USW Family Members Awarded Union Plus Scholarships
Union Plus has awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 129 students representing 44 unions, including five winners representing the United Steelworkers (USW), in the 2012 Union Plus Scholarship Program.
July 05, 2012
USW Backs Obama’s Challenge to China’s Trade Action
This statement was released today by United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard: “Today President Obama proved once again how important enforcing our trade laws is to job creation in America. He’s taking China to task for the import duties they have slapped on U.S.-made vehicles.
June 21, 2012
USW Endorses Russia Trade Enforcement Proposal
This statement was released today by United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard: “I want to thank Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) of New York and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) for introducing this important proposal ...
June 08, 2012
70th Anniversary Merchandise Available for a Limited Time
United Steelworkers 70th Anniversary memorabilia is available for a limited time only! Don’t miss out on the chance to share in our commemoration of 70 years of solidarity.
June 07, 2012
USW Meets with Husky Energy First Time Since Unfair Labor Practice Strike Began
At the request of the United Steelworkers Union (USW) and its Local 624, Husky Energy met with the union yesterday for the first time since the unfair labor practice strike began 14 days ago on May 25. Both sides met without a federal mediator involved.
May 30, 2012
USW Calls for Paycheck Fairness
The United Steelworkers (USW) today called on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to end his silence on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate that would provide greater protection to women who suffer because of sex-based pay discrimination.
May 26, 2012
Steelworkers Celebrate 70 Years of Solidarity in Cleveland
This two-day event featured everything that made the USW a great union - the history of men and women who fought and struggled for the rights and benefits for working people.
May 09, 2012
The Future is Creating Wealth by Making Things
United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard talked with progressive talk show host Ed Schultz about President Obama’s plan to create opportunities to secure American manufacturing jobs
May 08, 2012
USW Joins President Obama In Calling On Congress To Create Jobs
The United Steelworkers (USW) said today that Congress needs to follow President Obama’s lead in creating jobs by acting on a “To Do List” that would help restore middle-class security. In a speech today in Upstate New York, the President emphasized that Congress now has the opportunity to create secure American jobs by manufacturing goods for the international economy.
March 15, 2012
AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement on Citizens United
Two years ago, the Supreme Court seriously undermined our democracy when, continuing a trend of deregulatory campaign finance decisions, it ruled to allow unlimited independent campaign spending by business corporations and other groups.
March 04, 2012
President Obama's Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2012
As Americans, ours is a legacy of bold independence and passionate belief in fairness and justice for all. For generations, this intrepid spirit has driven women pioneers to challenge injustices and shatter ceilings in pursuit of full and enduring equality.
February 28, 2012
"Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?" (Trailer)
Amidst the backdrop of a growing worldwide populist democratic movement, the dramatic groundbreaking feature documentary film Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? will open at The Quad Cinema in New York’s Greenwich Village on March 2, 2012.
February 27, 2012
Steelworkers Ratify Agreement with Cooper Tire, Ending Lockout
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that members of Local 207L have ratified a five-year contract with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB), ending a three-month lockout at the company’s Findlay, Ohio tire plant.
February 23, 2012
Steelworkers Announce Tentative Agreement with Cooper Tire
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached a tentative agreement with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB) on behalf of the 1,051 members of USW Local 207L who have been locked-out since Nov. 28, 2011 at the company’s Findlay, Ohio tire plant.
February 22, 2012
Locked-out Workers Continue 1,000-Mile Journey for Justice
Locked-out workers from American Crystal Sugar Company (PINK:ASCS) and Cooper Tire and Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB) are continuing their 1,000-mile Journey for Justice, a road trip from Fargo, North Dakota, to Findlay, Ohio that will on Friday make stops in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin ...
January 21, 2012
Steelworkers Rally Across America in Support of Ohio Cooper Tire Workers
On January 14, 2012, United Steelworker (USW) members across America held informational rallies in support of the locked out workers at USW Local 207L in Findlay, OH. Since November 28, 2011, Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. refused the union's offer to remain on the job while negotiations proceeded.
January 10, 2012
Locked-out Ohio Workers from Cooper Tire Meeting with Serbian Union Leaders This Week
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that a delegation of locked-out workers from Local 207L at Cooper Tire and Rubber Co.’s (NYSE: CTB) Findlay, Ohio plant and an international union representative are meeting this week with leaders of Nezavisnost, the union that represents workers at the company’s recently purchased facility in Kruševac, Serbia
December 17, 2011
Steelworkers Rally with Supporters in Findlay
Thousands joined the United Steelworkers (USW) today at a solidarity rally to support 1,051 members of Local 207L who have been locked out of their jobs at Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. since Nov. 28, 2011, when the company refused the union's offer to remain on the job while negotiations proceeded.
December 14, 2011
Scrooged by Cooper Tire: Watch, Sign and Share to Help Locked Out Workers
Click here to find out how more than 1,000 of our sisters and brothers are being 'scrooged' by Cooper Tire, and how you can help us try to end the lockout.
December 06, 2011
USW Files NLRB Charges against Cooper Tire
The United Steelworkers (USW) International and its Local 207L today filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Cooper Tire alleging the company committed unfair labor practices in bargaining and imposing a lockout at its Findlay, Ohio tire plant.
December 06, 2011
Unemployment, Lockouts and Exposing the Fools
Bill Press, from the Bill Press Show, talks with United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard about unemployment, the payroll tax extension and the lockout of workers at Cooper Tire and Rubber.
November 29, 2011
Steelworkers Locked-Out at Findlay Cooper Plant
The United Steelworkers (USW) today condemned Cooper Tire and Rubber Company’s decision to lock-out workers at the company’s profitable Findlay, Ohio production facility, despite the union’s good faith offer to keep working while negotiations toward a new labor contract proceeded.
November 09, 2011
USW Calls Repeal of Ohio SB 5 a Citizens’ Victory for All; Elections in Other States Build New Politics for Jobs
The United Steelworkers (USW) declared the 99 percent stood up and fought back with votes against the millions of dollars poured into Ohio by the one percent of Wall Street on Election Day and among other states to declare a turning point in protecting good jobs, working families and workplace rights.
November 08, 2011
The Huge Ramifications to the Republicans if Issue 2 is Voted Down
Leslie Marshall, from the The Leslie Marshall Show, talks with United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard about Issue 2, the repeal of Senate Bill 5 in Ohio. Gerard said that Senate Bill 5 took away collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.
November 07, 2011
Gerard leads USW push against Issue 2 in Ohio
USW International President Leo W. Gerard appeared with Harold Schaitberger, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, and Rep. Tim Ryan for a NO on Issue 2 rally in Warren, Ohio. Check out the video here.
October 15, 2011
New Video: USW Joins Occupy Pittsburgh
USW International President, Leo W. Gerard, joined thousands of Pittsburghers in Day 1 of the Occupy Pittsburgh movement.
September 20, 2011
Do You Want the Rich to Get more and You to Get Less?
Leslie Marshall, from the The Leslie Marshall Show, talks with United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard about taxes, taxation and class warfare. As they talked about the recent proposal by the President to get the economy moving again, Leslie asked if the proper question has been posed to the American people.
August 12, 2011
Convention for Steelworkers: Aug. 15-Aug. 18 in Las Vegas
Over 3,000 elected United Steelworkers (USW) local union leaders from across North America will meet with top international officers and executive board members for an International Convention Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
August 09, 2011
Will We Be a Country that Respects the Rights of People?
In this episode, Leslie Marshall talks with Fred Redmond, International Vice President of Human Affairs for the United Steelworkers (USW). Redmond talked Republicans are trying to suppress voting rights under the pretense of voter fraud.
July 20, 2011
Special Transportation Notice for USW Convention Delegates
Union members will be arriving in Las Vegas in August to attend the International Constitutional Convention. All members are urged to support our brothers and sisters operating union taxis.
June 24, 2011
Show America Who Is Fighting for Jobs
Leslie Marshall, from the The Leslie Marshall Show, talks with United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard about lack of enthusiasm and attention being given by our representatives in presenting job legislation. When asked should the President do about jobs, Gerard responded, “The President has to bring forth his ideas and ask for legislation.
May 22, 2011
The Anniversary of the Founding of the United Steelworkers
May 22 marked the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Steelworkers (USW). On that day in 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio, the forerunner of our union, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC), began building of an organization to counter the years of injustice against workers.
May 05, 2011
USW Membership Ratifies Agreement with RG Steel
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that its members have ratified their new contract with RG Steel, which purchased USW represented facilities in a stock transaction last month from Severstal North America.
April 20, 2011
The Leslie Marshall Show - The King (or Dictator) of Michigan?
In this episode, Leslie Marshall talks with Fred Redmond, International Vice President of Human Affairs for the United Steelworkers (USW). Redmond talked about how Governor Snyder’s bill to impose “financial martial law” on the people of Michigan is a threat to democracy and the electoral process.
March 29, 2011
Steelworkers Ratify Contract with Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN)
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced that in a vote yesterday, some 1,500 represented employees ratified a new contract with Dana Holding Corporation. "This contract retains the strong language protecting our work from leaving our USW and United Auto Workers (UAW) represented facilities ...
March 24, 2011
NEW VIDEO: 100 Years After Triangle Fire, Clock Turning Back on Workers' Rights
You have to check out this incredibly moving video about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire 100 years ago and a similar tragedy that recently happened at a clothing factory in Bangladesh. It shows that the clock is turning back when it comes to workers' rights.
March 11, 2011
USW Committee Unanimously Approves Agreement with RG Steel
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that its negotiating committee has reviewed and unanimously approved the tentative agreement the union announced last week with RG Steel, which has entered a stock purchase agreement with Severstal covering about 6,000 USW represented workers.
March 10, 2011
USW Slams Walker’s Assault on Democracy
In a clear violation of Wisconsin’s open meeting law, Wisconsin conservative senators yesterday voted without a quorum to strip the state’s public sector workers – teachers, nurses, and librarians – of collective bargaining rights that the people of Wisconsin granted them a half century ago.
March 02, 2011
Floor Speech by Congressman George Miller Denouncing the GOP Attack on Middle Class Americans
Piece by piece, the chipping away at the middle class standard of living has been accelerated in recent months. California Congressman D-George Miller provided a clear understanding on the methods and the architects behind the attacks against American workers as Miller referred to those who are behind these malicious efforts
March 02, 2011
USW Welcomes Sale of Severstal Operations to the Renco Group
The United Steelworkers (USW) today welcomed the announced stock purchase of Severstal’s USW-represented assets by the Renco Group, including the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel facilities in the Ohio Valley ... more
February 18, 2011
"This is just to Break Unions and Destroy the Middle Class"
Last night, MSNBC "Hardball" Host Chris Mathews talked with United Steelworkers (USW) District 2 Director Mike Bolton and Wisconsin Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman about the anti-union bill being proposed in Wisconsin.
February 11, 2011
USW President Gerard Joins Democratic Leader Pelosi on Jobs Bill
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined House Democrats and USW President Leo W. Gerard to raise their voices yesterday, sending a clear message that the number one national priority is to create jobs.
February 01, 2011
The Need to Lift Up all Workers
United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President for Human Affairs Fred Redmond is interviewed on the Leslie Marshall Radio Show and he talks about how the USW is working to stop the exploitation of workers by multi-national companies and, at the same time ... more
January 26, 2011
Mexican Border Agents Arrest Steelworkers Union Leader
The United Steelworkers (USW) today condemned the arrest of one of its international representatives by Mexican customs officers on Monday. Manny Armenta, a USW sub-district director in Albuquerque, NM, was arrested while on his way to meet with attorneys for the Mexican mineworkers’ union called Los Mineros.
December 10, 2010
Conway: Our Nation Needs a Manufacturing Policy
USW International Vice President Tom Conway appeared on the Leslie Marshall Radio Show to talk about he importance of manufacturing to the nation.
December 09, 2010
USW Opposes Passage of Revised US-Korea Trade Agreement
The United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement by its International Executive Board today after concluding an extensive examination of the terms of the proposed agreement: “The Obama Administration has now concluded negotiations with the government of South Korea on the revised terms of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
December 07, 2010
Unemployed Held for Ransom
Gerard on Schultz: Stop stealing from the unemployed to pay for tax cuts for the ultra rich.
December 06, 2010
Labor uses jobless to lean on Congress to extend unemployment benefits
The AFL-CIO pressed lawmakers to extend a "lifeline" to unemployed workers by extending benefits for out-of-work Americans.
November 29, 2010
Health Care and Pay Freeze
Leo Gerard and Leslie Marshall discuss the latest in the health care flap involving a conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress and President Obama’s announcement of a pay freeze for federal employees.
November 22, 2010
Mourning in America: Death of The Middle Class
USW International President Leo Gerard appears on the Leslie Marshall Show to talk about his blog entitled "Mourning in America: Death of The Middle Class." Click to listen to the interview.
November 03, 2010
Election Results Demonstrate Frustrations in Industrial Heartland
The following statement was released today by USW International President Leo W. Gerard: "Yesterday’s results do not indicate a move to the right by American voters. What is apparent instead is the frustration with the economy in the industrial heartland of the U.S. where manufacturing has been devastated and jobs lost.
October 15, 2010
Steelworkers Applaud Obama Administration Acceptance of Trade Case
The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement from International President Leo W. Gerard regarding the announcement by the Office of the United States Trade Representative that the Obama Administration has accepted the USW’s petition under Section 301 of the trade law ... more
August 16, 2010
The Latest Statistics Demonstrate the Advantages of Union Membership
Unions play an important part in the compensation and work lives of both unionized and nonunionized workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Employee Benefit Research Institute have data that compares the impact of union representation on wages, fringe benefits, total compensation, pay inequality, and workplace protections.
April 03, 2010
USW Expresses Deep Sympathy to Families, Fellow Employees of Those Killed, Injured in Tesoro Explosion
The United Steelworkers (USW) union expresses its deep sympathy to the families and co-workers of the employees killed and severely injured in the explosion and fire that occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on April 2 at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington.
February 02, 2010
The Call Goes Out for All Rapid Response Activists
The National Rapid Response Conference will be held during the first week of May at the Hilton Washington in Washington, D.C. A Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will occur simultaneously with our Conference, beginning on Tuesday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m.
December 30, 2009
USW Reacts to Trade Case Vote on Tariffs Against OCTG China Pipe Imports
The United Steelworkers (USW) reacted positively to today’s affirmative 6-0 vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on a petition in the anti-subsidy portion of a case against Chinese pipe imports called oil country tubular goods (OCTG).
December 22, 2009
Evaluate the 15th Civil and Human Rights Conference
If you attended the USW's recent Civil and Human Rights conference, we want to hear from you. Click here to find out how you can do an online evaluation.
December 22, 2009
More than chicken soup: USW members demonstrate for real health care reform
USW members were among demonstrators who encouraged local residents to remind Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Holden that America needs more than chicken soup when it comes to health care security. Click here for more.
December 21, 2009
NEW VIDEO: USW President on Vale Inco strike: We're fighting for our community
USW International President Leo W. Gerard appeared today on Canada's BNN to discuss the strike at Vale Inco, talking about how the union is fighting for the community and for workers around the world. Click here to watch.
December 17, 2009
New report refutes claims that health care excise tax would not hurt middle class
A new report by the CWA shows just how bad an excise tax on health care benefits would be for the middle class. Click here for more.
December 16, 2009
NEW VIDEO: USW President on direction of health reform: 'I'm angry as hell'
USW International President Leo Gerard appeared on MSNBC and expressed the anger many Steelworkers are feeling about how the health insurance reform debate is going. Click here to watch and to find out how you can fight back.
December 15, 2009
Showing solidarity with our Sisters, Brothers on strike against Vale Inco
Please click here to learn how you can help show solidarity and support for our fellow USW members who are on strike against Vale Inco in Canada.
December 10, 2009
America Needs JOBS NOW
Today, the AFL-CIO are launching a new online event focusing on jobs with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Using online moderation tools, union leaders and activists across the country can submit questions for President Trumka about the jobs crisis and vote on questions already submitted.
November 23, 2009
U.S. study prompts transatlantic campaign to prevent deaths in paper industry
A recent increase in workplace fatalities and serious injuries in the paper industry may have been brought on by employers trying to increase profit margins at the expense of health and safety, the world’s first global union said as it embarks on a transatlantic investigation of the industry. Click here for more.
November 19, 2009
Serious concerns from working families about Senate health proposal
The impending Senate vote on health insurance reform is a good step towards progress, but working families have some serious concerns about the Senate proposal. Click here to find out how you can help.
November 19, 2009
Support our brothers and sisters at Vale; sign petition today
Some 3,500 brothers and sisters remain on strike in Canada. Please show support today by signing an online petition that fights the vicious attack against Vale workers. Click here for more info.