USW District 4: News/Releases
May 03, 2013
Discussing Legislative Issues with Congressman Mike Michaud
USW local union leadership during their Maine Labor Council's spring meeting discuss legislative issues with Congressman (USW member) Mike Michaud.
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 10, 2013
"Keep it Made in America" Town Hall in Buffalo
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AMM) and United Steelworkers (USW) partnered together on April 8 in a converted church in downtown Buffalo to conduct a town hall meeting to discuss retaining and creating skilled manufacturing jobs in America and how to rebuild New York's infrastructure.
April 04, 2013
USW Endorses Ed Markey for U.S. Senator in Massachusetts
The United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 has announced endorsement of Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-5th) for U.S. Senator in the Democratic primary election set for Apr. 30 in Massachusetts.
March 28, 2013
Alliance for American Manufacturing Hosting a Town Hall in Buffalo
Has the decline of manufacturing affected you, your friends or family? Come to the AAM Town Hall Meeting to discuss retaining and creating skilled manufacturing jobs and how to rebuild New York's infrastructure. The Alliance for American Manufacturing is hosting a Town Hall in Buffalo, NY on April 8, 2013.
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 10, 2013
USW Applauds Gov. Cuomo’s Leadership on NYS 2100 Commission Recommendations in State of the State Address
The United Steelworkers (USW) today issued the following statement on behalf of District 4 Director John Shinn in response to N.Y. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State address, which emphasized the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
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 29, 2012
USW Endorses Angus King for Maine's new U.S. Senator
The Maine Labor Council of the United Steelworkers (USW) District 4, today announced endorsement support of former governor Angus King as an Independent who is the front running candidate for the U.S. Senate. The USW endorsement could be a deciding factor in the contest, coming 10 days before Election Day on Nov. 6.
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 11, 2012
Back a Fighter for Workers - Elizabeth Warren
A Steelworker rally will be held Saturday, October 13 in Malden, Mass. for the "Watchdog of Wall Street," Elizabeth Warren. Featured special guests include Leo Gerard, USW Intl. President; Richard Trumka, President AFL-CIO; Mary Kay Henry, Intl. President SEIU and Mike Langford, President UWUA. Meet the candidate who has spent her entire career fighting for workers and and their families.
October 08, 2012
Shame on you, Scott Brown
Retired Steelworker Steve Skvara of Indiana was shocked to see himself in a political ad by Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown. Elizabeth Warren has proven she is not a friend of Wall Street and will fight for middle class families.
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 Local 134L comes out in Support of Esty
On September 17, Democrat for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Elizabeth Esty came to Meriden, CT, to meet and greet union members from United Steelworker Local 134L. The Steelworkers presented her with a check in support of her campaign prior to a planned block walk for the candidate.
September 13, 2012
USW Endorsed Candidate Maggie Hassan Wins Primary for Governor in New Hampshire
The United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 political education committee has announced endorsement support of Maggie Hassan for Governor of New Hampshire, joined by activist leaders who are mobilizing in their neighborhoods at manufacturing and service units across the state for her election this fall.
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.
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 06, 2012
USW District 4 Bringing Home Jobs
From Bangor, MA to Cheektowaga, NY, United Steelworker members in District 4 are contacting elected officials to tell them to "Bring Jobs Home" to 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.
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 07, 2012
USW District 4 Women of Steel Train in Atlantic City
Photos from the United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 Women of Steel (WOS) training held in Atlantic City at Caesar's Hotel and Casino on May 14 - 17.
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 14, 2012
USW Blasts House Bill for Weakening DOE Worker Safety
A bill set to come before the U.S. House would gut health and safety standards at Department of Energy (DOE) weapons sites and put workers at DOE facilities, and residents of neighboring communities, at greater risk of exposure to hazardous materials and radiation.
May 09, 2012
USW Rejects Romney’s Attack on Unions and President Obama
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW), today was critical of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s dishonest attack on President Obama and American labor unions in remarks he made at the Lansing Community College.
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 05, 2012
USW District 4 Director Sits Down with Local Union Presidents in Puerto Rico
United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 Director John Shinn and Sub-director Del Vitale met recently with Local Union Presidents in Puerto Rico to discuss servicing issues, organizing and training.
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.
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 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 08, 2011
Americans know that if We Don’t Make Things, We’re in Trouble
In this episode, Leslie Marshall talks with Tom Conway, International Vice President for Administration for the United Steelworkers (USW). Conway talked about recent and past trade bills and the effect workers and the nation.
December 02, 2011
USW Applauds Congressional Call for Action on Green Energy
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) issued a statement today, commenting on a letter sent by 59 members of Congress to President Obama calling for action on Chinese clean energy protectionism.
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.
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.
September 01, 2011
Assistance for Union Plus Program Participants Impacted by Hurricane Irene
Union members living in areas impacted by Hurricane Irene and who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for financial assistance. Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs
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 15, 2011
USW Local 836 Assist Members through the Steelworkers Disaster Relief Fund
When the outbreak of spring storms spread tornados and devastation throughout regions of Massachusetts two United Steelworkers (USW) members, whose homes were destroyed, received some unexpected support from their union.
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.
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 23, 2011
USW Statement on New Hampshire Budget Amendment Ending Public Employee Bargaining
The United Steelworkers (USW) today denounced efforts by extremists on the New Hampshire House of Representatives Finance Committee who have introduced an amendment to the state budget that would effectively strip the state’s public employees of their right to bargain collectively.
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 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.