USW District 10: News/Releases
December 05, 2013
Duquesne Adjuncts Participate in National Day of Action
Duquesne University adjunct faculty members and more than 100 of their allies gathered today outside Duquesne’s Administration Building to participate in a national day of action, calling attention to the plight of low-wage workers in a variety of industries.
November 27, 2013
Walmart’s Business Model Pushes Wages Down; Increases Reliance on Public Assistance
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall and USW International Vice President of Human Affairs Fred Redmond discussed low-wage workers, food drives for employees and rising inequality.
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 08, 2013
TPP puts U.S. Workers' Rights and Jobs at Risk
A dangerous deal for labor, the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, gained a key endorsement from the NYTimes on the eve of VP Biden’s trip to China. Ed Schultz and Leo Gerard discuss the effect.
October 29, 2013
Statement by USW President Leo W. Gerard - We Support the U.S. Senate Democrats' Initiative: ‘Manufacturing Jobs for America’
The following statement was issued today by Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) supporting the U.S. Senate Democrats’ initiative led by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) for action on multiple bills that advocate ‘Manufacturing Jobs for America’.
October 26, 2013
Pittsburgh Adjuncts to Mark Campus Equity Week
Dozens of members of the United Steelworkers-affiliated Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA-USW) will hold events on their Pittsburgh campuses next week to raise awareness of adjunct professors’ poverty-level wages, lack of health care and permanent part-time status.
October 18, 2013
Workers, Activists Discuss Future of Clean Economy at BlueGreen Alliance Roundtable
About 50 Steelworkers and their allies attended a BlueGreen Alliance roundtable at the United Steelworkers (USW) international headquarters Friday morning, joining panelists in a conversation on how to create family-sustaining jobs that also combat the effects of climate change.
October 17, 2013
USW Members from Local 10-00086 Stand with Canadian Steelworkers against Crown Holdings Headquarters in Philadelphia
On October 17, United Steelworker Local 10-00086 members supported fellow Steelworkers from Local 9176 in Toronto, Canada at Crown Holdings headquarters in Philadelphia. Crown forced members to strike on September 6 with its demands of a two-tier wage schedule, the elimination of the cost of living allowance ...
September 19, 2013
USW Local 7687 Fighting to Save Manufacturing Jobs
United Steelworker Local 7687 in York Pennsylvania may be shut down for a minimum of 3 years starting in 2014. The 1 million square foot facility, owned by BAE Systems, currently employs 1,250 people of which 402 are in the bargaining unit.
August 30, 2013
District 10 Civil and Human Rights Delegates Preparing for the Challenges Ahead
The 2013 USW District 10 Civil and Human Rights Conference was held August 26-29, 2013 at Linden Hall in Dawson, PA. District 10 Director John DeFazio greeted the 55 delegates and thanked participants for all the work they do.
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 Hosts Climate Change Bus Tour
A bus tour aimed at promoting President Barack Obama's plan to combat climate change paid a visit Friday to the USW headquarters in Pittsburgh, carrying the message that cleaning up the environment and creating good jobs are goals that can and should be achieved together.
August 09, 2013
USW Local Union 1196 Workers Memorial Bell
On February 5, 2005, Brother John Novick was fatally injured in a railcar accident in Brackenridge, PA at the Allegheny Ludlum Corporation. Brother Novick was crushed between two railroad cars as he was riding the lead car.
July 30, 2013
Women of Steel Work with Catholic Heart Workcamp to Distribute Purses
United Steelworkers Women of Steel members teamed up with volunteers from Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC) to distribute purses at the Center for Hope here in Pittsburgh. CHWC expanded to Pittsburgh, PA. in 1995. It has over 12,500 campers at 47 camps across the U.S. and Jamaica.
July 29, 2013
Steelworkers Seek Dismissal of FreightCar Lawsuit against Retirees
The United Steelworkers (USW) today filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to dismiss the lawsuit filed by FreightCar America, Inc. (FreightCar) in the company's effort to evade contractual obligations to retirees, or, in the alternative, to transfer the lawsuit to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
July 02, 2013
USW Says National Envelope Will Remain a Strong Industry Player as it Works Through Bankruptcy Process
The United Steelworkers (USW) Union is reassuring its members employed by National Envelope, as well as the company’s customers and suppliers, that the union is committed to seeing the business remain strong as it works through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
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 14, 2013
Local 3657 Steelworker Awarded Catherine Baker Knoll Award
On May 9, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee (ACDC) presented United Steelworker (USW) Steffi Domike the Catherine Baker Knoll Award at the Committee's Jackson-Jefferson Dinner in Pittsburgh, PA. Domike, a technician in the Education and Membership Development department of the USW headquarters and a member of USW Local 3657, spends endless hours assisting workers in Pennsylvania.
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 05, 2013
Adjunct Instructors Find Strength in Numbers
Steve Mason, an adjunct English instructor at Washington & Jefferson College, has taught at the school for 11 years, longer than any other contingent faculty member, longer even than some of the school's tenure-track professors.
February 09, 2013
‘Friends of the Congo’ seek support from USW
For almost 20 years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been the scene of the deadliest conflict since World War II, but the crisis in the central African nation has been virtually ignored by political leaders and media in the West.
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)
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 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 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 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 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 10, 2012
George Edwards - A USW Activist Every Day of his Life
A founder, an activist and a friend, George Edwards died October 5, 2012 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.
October 02, 2012
USW Lauds Pennsylvania Court Decision to Halt Voter ID Law from Being Implemented During 2012 Election
The United Steelworkers (USW) said that the Commonwealth Court decision that delays the implementation of a restrictive voter identification law in Pennsylvania that could have prevented hundreds of thousands of legally registered voters from casting ballots is the right one.
October 01, 2012
USW Statement On Clean Air Council Challenge
United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard offered the following statement in response to a suit filed by the Clean Air Council, challenging a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) decision on emissions that cleared the way for Philadelphia Energy Solutions ...
September 21, 2012
Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty Mourn Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania
On September 22, Level 4 Scholarship students from the United Steelworkers Leadership program conducted a street theater event at the busy Market Square in Pittsburgh, Pa. The event highlighted how a new Republican voter id law in Pennsylvania disenfranchises people of all ages.
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 18, 2012
USW Applauds Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision in Voter ID Case
The United Steelworkers (USW) union today lauded the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling ordering a lower court to reconsider its decision to support a restrictive new voter suppression law.
August 30, 2012
Applying For a Birth Certificate For Voter ID in Pennsylvania
The Department of Health is now issuing Birth Certificates for free if the reason a voter needs one is to get an ID that will be acceptable for voting. The Department is also giving refunds to voters who have already obtained their Birth Certificates and paid the $10 fee. Below is a link to the Department of Healthâ€™s web page with the relevant information.
August 29, 2012
USW Local 3657 WOS Raises Money for "Dress for Success" Program
The United Steelworkers Local 3657 Women of Steel raised $200 for the Pittsburgh area Dress for Success program that helps struggling women get jobs and the clothing they need to succeed.
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 16, 2012
Workers Stand for America Rally in Philadelphia
United Steelworkers from all across the state traveled to Philadelphia to participate in this meaningful rally with workers and their families from across the country. We assembled in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the original bill of rights to remind our elected officials what that bill was intended to do.
August 15, 2012
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Must Grant Injunction to Stop Voter Suppression Law
The United Steelworkers (USW) International is shocked by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson’s decision to deny an injunction to stop the implementation of a new Pennsylvania’s voter identification law.
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 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.
July 03, 2012
USW 10-Month Campaign to Save Pennsylvania Jobs, Communities Results in Continued Operations for Philadelphia Refinery
When Sunoco Inc. announced last September it would shut down the company’s Philadelphia refinery if a buyer was not found, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 10-1 leaders and members were given little hope of keeping their refinery alive. Ten months later, after a hard-fought campaign waged by the local and international union ...
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.
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 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.
May 01, 2012
USW Lauds Delta’s Purchase of Philadelphia-area Refinery
The United Steelworkers (USW) today hailed the cooperation of major stakeholders in making possible the sale and continued operation of the Trainer, Pa. oil refinery that was purchased today by Delta Airlines from ConocoPhillips.
April 30, 2012
USW President Leo W. Gerard Calls for Health Insurance Settlement at Rally
United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard demanded at a rally in Pittsburgh Monday that health insurer UPMC negotiate in good faith with Highmark.
April 23, 2012
Gerard: Union Supportive of Carlyle Group Discussions with Sunoco Over Refinery
USW International President Leo W. Gerard said the union is supportive of the discussions of The Carlyle Group with Sunoco regarding the Philadelphia refinery that employs hundreds of our members. Click here for more.
April 03, 2012
'Helping Hands:' USW Members Featured in AFL-CIO video
Check out this new video featuring the good community work of some USW members.
March 19, 2012
On Affordable Care Act Anniversary Retirees Seek Protection of the Reform
Speakers from two retiree organizations, including the United Steelworkers’ group, today celebrated the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act by asking supporters to actively speak out for the reform that has improved Medicare.
March 16, 2012
USW Announces Support for Arena Football Players Union
The United Steelworkers (USW) today, following meetings with the leadership of the Arena Football League Players Union (AFLPU), announced that the union will provide key assistance to the AFLPU’s drive to negotiate a fair labor agreement with team owners.
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 13, 2012
Leaked Pennsylvania State Reports on Philadelphia-Area Refinery Shutdowns Set off Alarm about Massive Economic Devastation
A new economic impact study from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry estimates greater job and tax revenue loss from the shutdown of three Philadelphia-area refineries than the United Steelworkers (USW) originally estimated.
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 28, 2012
US Energy Dept. Report Affirms USW Oil Workers’ View on Price Hikes, Northeast Supply Shortages to Follow Philadelphia-area Refinery Closures
United Steelworkers (USW) leaders today acknowledged the release of a full report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) about the impact on the Northeast of the three Philadelphia-area refinery closures.
February 25, 2012
We Won’t Pay for Big Oil’s Mistakes
A little after midnight on Good Friday in 2010, a heat exchanger on a naphtha hydrotreater unit at the oil refinery I work at in Anacortes, Washington, catastrophically failed. The unit exploded, setting off a blast that shook homes five miles away and igniting a fire that could be seen anywhere in town.
February 17, 2012
Workers Take Campaign to Save Philadelphia Refineries to Washington for a “Lobby & Action Day”
Over 250 United Steelworkers (USW) refinery workers, their families and members of the Boilermakers, Pipefitters, United Auto Workers and Carpenters unions descended upon Washington, D.C. on Feb. 15 for a “Lobby & Action Day” in support of the campaign to keep open the Sunoco and ConocoPhillips refineries in the Philadelphia area.
February 13, 2012
Governor Tom Corbett - Missing in Action
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has been mostly silent regarding the closure of the ConocoPhillips Trainer, Pa., refinery and Sunoco refineries in Marcus Hook, Pa., and Philadelpha. He has failed to attend important meetings, make substantive comments to the media, and meet with the workers whose jobs are at stake.
January 31, 2012
Action Alert for USW Members in the Northeast
Sunoco and ConocoPhillips have arbitrarily decided to shut down three strategic oil refineries on the East Coast, all three in or near Philadelphia, Pa. All three of these refineries are USW workplaces, and if the companies follow through on their threat, 1,300 of our members will lose their jobs.
January 23, 2012
USW Endorses U.S. Rep. Mark Critz
The United Steelworkers (USW) today endorsed U.S. Rep. Mark Critz for re-election as the representative of southwestern Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. USW International President Leo W. Gerard said Critz has the endorsement of the international union, all of the USW local union presidents in the 12th Congressional District and SOAR, the union’s retiree organization.
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 20, 2012
USW Refinery Workers Hold National Day of Action for Safety
Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union who work at oil refineries around the country are planning a National Day of Action for Safe Refineries and Good Jobs on January 21. Members in refinery communities around the country plan to visit gas stations and distribute handbills to drivers on the importance of refinery safety
January 19, 2012
Oil Workers to Rally at Chevron Headquarters
Members and supporters of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5 plan to rally at Chevron Corporation’s global headquarters in San Ramon, California at noon on Friday, January 20. USW Local 5 will be demanding that Chevron and the other oil companies address serious health and safety proposals at the bargaining table in the ongoing round of contract negotiations.
January 10, 2012
USW Local 10-234 Fights Demolition of ConocoPhillips Trainer, Pa., Refinery
United Steelworkers Local 10-234 President Denis Stephano announced today that the plant manager at the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Pa., told union officials on Jan. 5 that if a serious buyer is not identified or the refinery is not sold by March 31, the facility will be demolished.
December 21, 2011
Steelworkers in Pittsburgh Show Support for Tire Workers in Ohio
A group of United Steelworkers (USW) in Pittsburgh carried out an information handout in support of Cooper tire workers who are locked out in Ohio on a cold and rainy December day in front of a Pep Boys Tire store.
December 21, 2011
USW Supports Continued Existence of Occupy Pittsburgh Encampment
From the beginning, the United Steelworkers (USW) has strongly supported the Occupy Wall Street movement for its peaceful protest of the economic and social injustice created by corporate greed and the barons of finance.
December 19, 2011
USW Supports Major Proposal to Create American Jobs
Stan Johnson, International Secretary-Treasurer of the United Steelworkers (USW), today announced the union’s support of newly introduced Senate legislation to revitalize American manufacturing through federal transportation and infrastructure investments.
December 06, 2011
USW Cites Trade Commission Vote to Keep Duties on Steel Plate From Korea, India, Indonesia; Revokes Orders on Japan, Italy
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) today confirmed the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 6-0 to continue tariffs on cut-to-length steel plate (CTLP) imports from Korea, India and Indonesia for another five years, while revoking the orders for plate from Japan and Italy.
December 01, 2011
USW Supports U.S. Rep. Rahall Buy America Bill Called the ‘Invest in American Jobs Act of 2011’
Stan Johnson, International Secretary-Treasurer of the United Steelworkers (USW), today joined introduction of a major bill, the ‘Invest in American Jobs Act of 2011’ (H.R. 3533), with Congressman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, other ranking Democrats and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler.
November 28, 2011
Middle Class Recognizing the Arrogant Frenzy of Radical Measures By Republicans
Leslie Marshall, from the The Leslie Marshall Show, talks with United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard about recent elections and the middle-class recognizing the radical ideas of Republicans and the Tea Party.
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.
October 04, 2011
Armstrong Cuts Employee Benefits to Reward Executives
In response to Armstrong World Industries’ (NYSE: AWI) announcement that it will add $60 million in stock to its Executive Long Term Incentive Program and increase cash payouts up to $5 million per participant, the United Steelworkers (USW) today accused the company of forcing concessions on current workers and retirees to reward the company’s top corporate bosses with millions of dollars in potential incentive compensation.
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.
September 06, 2011
Steelworkers Mark Six Months of Solidarity at Hofmann
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that 51 members of its Local 6996 this weekend marked six-months on the picket line since being illegally locked-out of their jobs on March 6, 2011 by Hofmann Industries, a steel tube fabricator in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.
August 31, 2011
USW Sets Record Straight in Talks at Armstrong Industries
Tom Jones, International Representative for the United Steelworkers (USW) in Eastern Pennsylvania, today responded to public assertions by Armstrong World Industries in the union negotiations of this past week involving 260 union workers who were locked out of their jobs at the ceiling tile factory on July 17.
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 26, 2011
USW Members Reject New Contract at ATI
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that its members have rejected a four-year contract with Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI). The vote was 824 for and 1,358 against. Some 3,000 members at ATI Allegheny Ludlum and ATI’s Albany Ore. titanium operations were eligible to vote.
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 30, 2011
USW and ATI Reach Tentative Four-Year Agreement
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced this afternoon that it has reached a four-year tentative agreement with Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Allegheny Ludlum and ATI’s Albany, Ore. titanium operations.
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.
June 22, 2011
Proposed NLRB Rule Would Modernize, Speed Up Union Elections
A proposed rule by the Obama Administration's National Labor Relations Board would speed up and modernize union elections, helping ensure a more fair process for those trying to organize for the right to have a voice on the job. Click here for more.
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 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.