USW District 2: News/Releases
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 19, 2013
Steelworkers Endorse Geenen for 19th District in Wisconsin Assembly
The United Steelworkers (USW) today announced the union's proud endorsement of Sara Geenen to represent the 19th District in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
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.
November 06, 2013
USW Welcomes Veritas Acquisition of PDM Bridge Plant in Wisconsin
The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement today from USW District 2 Director Michael Bolton in response to Veritas Steel's acquisition of certain assets of PDM Bridge, including a plant in Eau Claire, Wis., where workers are members of the USW ... more
October 01, 2013
District 2 Leadership Training
USW District 2 is pleased to announce the scheduling of Local Union Leadership Training at various locations in October.
September 16, 2013
American Unions at Dow Chemical and Dow Corning Meet to Confer in International Exchange, Report on Collective Bargaining and Discuss Common Issues
Union leaders representing more than 3,000 American workers employed at 10 bargained for sites of Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) and Dow Corning Corporation recently met in Kentucky, to discuss common issues and concerns faced by union members employed at the bargained-for manufacturing facilities of Dow Chemical and Dow Corning.
September 16, 2013
USW Members at PCA Mills Ratify Four-Year Agreement
United Steelworkers (USW) members at four Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) mills have voted by a 7-to-1 margin to ratify a new contract with the company.
September 04, 2013
USW and the IAM Celebrate Harley Davidson 110th Anniversary on Labor Day
This past week, Harley Davidson celebrated its 110th Anniversary in Milwaukee, WI. Union members from both the USW and the IAM at Harley Davidson factories in York, PA, Kansas City, MO, Tomahawk and Milwaukee, WI have always been a vital part of the company's success.
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 06, 2013
USW’s Redmond Blasts Do-Nothing Republican House
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall and USW International Vice President of Human Affairs Fred Redmond discussed the Republican do-nothing House of Representatives. They’re so dysfunctional that the best thing they do is fight with themselves. But, no problem, they’ve produced a manual to help them explain themselves to constituents during summer break.
July 31, 2013
Palermo’s To Re-Hire 8 Striking Employees
A year after Palermo's Pizza fired striking employees, the Wisconsin company has agreed to return eight of the workers to their jobs with back pay, allow a union election and post a notice to employees that Palermo's would obey labor laws.
July 24, 2013
USW President: Social Justice Requires Economic Justice
The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement today from USW International President Leo W. Gerard in response to the Trayvon Martin case: “Our work in the labor movement is built on the idea that all individuals have value, but that only through collective action can we realize our true power to change the world.
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.
June 11, 2013
Steelworkers Ratify Contract at Caterpillar South Milwaukee
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that members of Local 1343 ratified a new, six year contract at Caterpillar's South Milwaukee plant. USW District 2 Director Michael Bolton praised the hard work of the local union negotiating committee and the members of Local 1343 for their solidarity during contract negotiations ...
May 30, 2013
Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement with Caterpillar
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that negotiators for Local 1343 have reached tentative agreement with Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) on a new labor contract for 803 hourly workers at the company’s South Milwaukee, Wis. plant.
May 30, 2013
USW Endorses Peters In Michigan Senate Race
The United Steelworkers (USW) union has announced its support for Michigan Congressman Gary Peters in his campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin next year.
May 28, 2013
May-June Edition of the District 2 NEWS
USW District 2 News is a quick-read newsletter published bi-monthly to keep members informed of recent events in the district. Members are encouraged in providing news articles or events to the newsletter editor.
May 17, 2013
USW Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge against Kalkaska County Road Commission
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Kalkaska County Road Commission with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) for unlawfully implementing changes to the wages and benefits of employees without the unionâ€™s agreement.
May 03, 2013
USW Paper Workers Ratify New Agreement with KPS to Ensure Their Mills' Future
United Steelworkers (USW) members at Wausau Paper’s Rhinelander, Wis., and Mosinee, Wis., mills and the Thilmany mill in Kaukauna, Wis., today ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with KPS Capital Partners in anticipation of the private equity firm successfully creating the largest specialty paper company in North America.
April 23, 2013
Steelworkers Disgusted by Caterpillar CEO’s Shameful 2012 Cash Grab
The United Steelworkers (USW) today denounced Caterpillar Inc. CEO Douglas Oberhelman's 32 percent compensation increase from $16.9 million in 2011 to $22.4 million in 2012 as shameful and unwarranted.
April 22, 2013
USW Praises Addition of Paper Mills to KPS Capital Partners LP’s Specialty Paper Project
The United Steelworkers (USW) says the addition of Packaging Dynamics's Thilmany mill in Kaukauna, Wis., and Nicolet mill in DePere, Wis., to KPS Capital Partners LP's specialty paper project will bring investment and focus to mills and markets in the paper industry that still have untapped growth potential.
April 17, 2013
April Edition of the District 2 NEWS
USW District 2 News is a quick-read newsletter published bi-monthly to keep members informed of recent events in the district. Members are encouraged in providing news articles or events to the newsletter editor.
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.
March 21, 2013
USW Eager to Work with KPS to Build Specialty Paper Company
The United Steelworkers Union (USW) greeted today's announcement from Wausau Paper about the potential purchase of Wausau's Mosinee and Rhinelander mills and other non-disclosed assets with interest and cautious optimism.
February 11, 2013
USW backs Lon Johnson for Chairman of Michigan Democratic Party
"Working families have been under fire for far too long in this country, and many of the battles we've faced have been in our state capitols," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. "That's why it is so important to make sure we have dynamic leaders who will fight on behalf of workers in states like Michigan. Lon Johnson is that kind of leader."
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 11, 2012
USW Calls on Mich. Gov. Snyder to Veto Right-to-Work-for-Less
President Leo W. Gerard of the United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement today in an appeal to common sense economics over politics as a Michigan lame-duck legislative session by Republicans rams through a ‘right-to-work-for-less’ bill for a promised signature by Gov. Rick Snyder.
December 06, 2012
USW Blasts Proposed Michigan Legislation that Targets Workers’ Rights
The United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statements from USW President Leo W. Gerard and USW District 2 Director Michael Bolton on the Michigan’s legislature’s and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s attempts to pass Right-To-Work (For Less) legislation.
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 28, 2012
Give Sly the Mic
Progressive talk radio promotes middle class values. Now they need our support. Starting November 27, we are urging people to call 92.1 The Mic (608.274.5450), sign the petition (which will send an email to the Operations Manager at Clear Channel), and Like the Give Sly the Mic Facebook page.
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 18, 2012
USW Notes Win by United States in WTO Case Against China’s Duties on Electrical Steel; Obama Administration’s Fight for American Jobs
The United Steelworkers (USW) today welcomed the decision of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to side with the United States in a major trade dispute covering China’s imposition of illegal antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel from the United States.
October 10, 2012
New USW Video Exposes Mitt Romney’s Economy
The United Steelworkers (USW) today released a new video that exposes the truth about how Mitt Romney and Bain Capital are profiting by selling out American workers by shipping U.S. jobs to China.
October 01, 2012
USW Reacts to Report on Romney’s Bain Capital Investment In Brutal Chinese Sweatshop Described at Boca Raton Fundraiser
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) reacted today to a new global labor rights report that cites Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney as having “knowingly invested in a brutal Chinese Dongguan sweatshop,” while CEO for Bain Capital through the affiliated Brookside Fund for up to $23 million between 1998-2000.
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.
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 08, 2012
USW Announces Ratified Contract at NewPage
The United Steelworkers (USW) today announced that its members at NewPage Corp. have ratified a new four-year Master Contract that will bring added protection to 4,500 workers and help the company emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a stable employer in the coated paper sector of the paper industry.
June 06, 2012
USW, Coalition Blames Rightwing Super PACs for Recall Defeat
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) tonight declared his pride in a boots-on-the-ground historic Election Day in Wisconsin by the coalition of union members who mobilized in unity, only to lose a recall of the current governor that would have given working families a voice for their future.
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
USW Endorses Barrett for Wisconsin Governor
The United Steelworkers (USW) has endorsed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for governor of the state of Wisconsin. Barrett, winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary election in Wisconsin, is opposing Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election that will be held on June 5.
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.
April 16, 2012
Safety Survey Identifies Local Safety Committee Training Opportunities
During the recent 2012 District 2 Women of Steel and Spring Conferences in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Kevin Wilson Initiative CATS Team (Coordination, Training, Adaptation and Support) conducted a survey to identify the levels and types of safety involvement our Locals currently have in their facilities.
March 30, 2012
New Kevin Wilson Initiative Roster and Information
The Kevin Wilson Initiative CATS Team have just releases a new roster leaflet. The names and contact information of those involved with the project can be found on it. For more information or to contact a Training Coordinator to discuss available training for your Local click the link below or go to the District 2 Health, Safety and Environment page.
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 08, 2012
Resolution Supporting A Higher Renewable Energy Standard, Creating Michigan Jobs
At the United Steelworkers (USW) District 2 Conference in Kalamazoo, MI. a resolution to "Support A Higher Renewable Energy Standard, Creating Michigan Jobs" was adopted March 4, 2012.
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 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.
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.
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 09, 2011
Reps. Doggett and Levin Introduce the ''Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension and Tax Relief Act"
Democrat Representatives Sander Levin (D-MI) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) introduce legislation would prevent over 6 million jobless Americans from losing their unemployment benefits next year by continuing the current Federal unemployment insurance programs through 2012.
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 10, 2011
Steelworkers Support Petition to Recall Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Campaign Begins November 15
The United Steelworkers (USW) today endorsed the efforts of the citizens group, United Wisconsin, to recall Gov. Scott Walker. United Wisconsin said that it will lead efforts to recall Gov. Walker. Petitions for signature collection will begin circulating on Nov. 15.
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 16, 2011
USW: America Invents Act Advocates Good Jobs, Patent Reform
Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement today in advance of President Obama signing into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) passed by both houses of Congress.
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.
July 13, 2011
Steelworkers Pleased with Wisconsin Primary Results
The United Steelworkers (USW) today congratulated the six Wisconsin Democrats who beat Republican-backed, so-called "Protest Democrats" in primary elections throughout the state in districts where Republican incumbents will face recall elections this summer.
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.
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 21, 2011
USW Lauds Brazilian Unions Asking Obama to Support Wisconsin Workers
In a letter to President Barack Obama on March 19, six Brazilian labor confederations expressed their solidarity with public employees in Wisconsin and other states who are fighting to defend collective bargaining 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
February 24, 2011
NEW VIDEO: Huge Pittsburgh Rally Supports Wisconsin Workers
An overflow crowd of union members and working-class Americans packed the lobby of United Steelworker headquarters and into the streets in a rally to show solidarity with state employees in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio and other states where freedom to organize and bargain collectively has come under attack in recent weeks.
February 23, 2011
USW President and Steelworkers Offer Their Support in Madison State House
United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard addressed the people rallying for worker bargaining rights in Madison, WI. He gave the support of all Steelworkers to the fight facing workers in the state. "Not only is America watching," said Gerard, "the whole world is watching."
February 21, 2011
Wisconsin "Budget Repair Bill" Protest
Three days of footage (Feb 15-17) from the Madison, WI protest against the SB11 budget repair bill.
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 15, 2011
In Action in Wisconsin: USW Mobilizing for Jobs, Working Families
USW is among those mobilizing in Wisconsin against anti-worker, anti-union efforts that would balance the budget on the backs of hard-working families. Click here for more.
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.