USW District 7: News/Releases
November 29, 2013
USW To Hold Toy Drive For Brookport Tornado Victims
n the wake of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Illinois Sunday, November 17th that claimed 6 lives, 3 Massac County residents from in and around the town of Brookport, United Steelworkers Local 7-669 will be hosting a toy drive to benefit families hit by the storm.
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.
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
August 27, 2013
USW Members Ratify New Contract with BF Goodrich
United Steelworkers (USW) members have voted to ratify a new three-year contract covering about 2,400 workers at two BF Goodrich facilities in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fort Wayne, Ind.
August 12, 2013
USW Members Ratify Contract with Bridgestone-Firestone
Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) voted to ratify a new four-year contract with Bridgestone-Firestone covering 4,500 workers at six facilities.
August 09, 2013
Forever Stamps Honor America’s Industrial Workers
The contributions of America’s industrial-era workers are memorialized on a new sheet of Forever stamps titled Made in America: Building a Nation. The stamps, which feature black-and-white photographs of early 20th-century industrial workers, were dedicated at the Department of Labor today by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.
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 29, 2013
USW, BF Goodrich Reach Tentative Contract Settlement
The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with BF Goodrich covering 2,400 workers at facilities in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fort Wayne, Ind.
July 29, 2013
USW, Bridgestone-Firestone Reach Tentative Agreement
The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Bridgestone-Firestone covering 4,500 workers at six facilities.
June 05, 2013
USW Statement on Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement today on introduction of a U.S. Senate bill titled the: Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2013.
May 29, 2013
Republican Obstructionism is Destroying Protections for Working Men and Women
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall spoke with United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Tom Conway about the dysfunctional Senate and how Americans are losing protections they would normally have because of Republican obstructionism.
May 21, 2013
Workers Uniting - Just the Beginning of a Groundbreaking Fight
Today, the fight begins for a more prosperous, fairer economy for everyone. Workers Uniting, the global union formed by the United Steelworkers and the United Kingdom and Ireland’s Unite the Union, is hosting its first-ever economic policy conference, Building a Global Agenda for Shared Prosperity.
May 15, 2013
Republicans Prepared to Sacrifice the Economic Well-being of the Nation and its Middle Class
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall recently spoke with United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard about how President Obama is constantly trying to find ways to revive industry and manufacturing and how the Republicans continue to attack him and the people who trying to earn a living wage.
May 15, 2013
USW Praises Senate Support for Strong Buy America Requirements in Water Resources Development Act
The United Steelworkers (USW) lauded today’s overwhelming support in the Senate, by a 60-36 margin, to pass the Merkley-Brown amendment (#866) to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). This will ensure that federal taxpayer dollars used to fund water infrastructure projects under WRDA will be spent on goods and materials made here in America by American workers.
April 30, 2013
Busload of USW Local 1899, 50 and District 7 SOAR Chapter 34-2 Members Support UMWA at St. Louis Rally
On Monday, April 29, 2013 a busload of Local 1899, 50 and District 7 SOAR Chapter 34-2 members attended another UMWA rally to show support for retirees of Patriot Coal (a spin-off from Peabody Coal). We joined thousands who are all supporting the United Mine Workers Union.
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 26, 2013
USW Members at Indiana Plant Keep Party Tradition Alive
The ArcelorMittal plant in East Chicago, Ind., is one of the largest steelmaking facilities in the world, with a history that stretches back more than 100 years. The members of Local 1010 at the Indiana Harbor plant also have a long history, one of union activism and of standing up for their USW brothers and sisters.
March 19, 2013
Steelworkers Ratify Contracts with Titan International
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers at three Titan International, Inc. tire plants ratified new contracts this week. The members of USW Local 164 in Des Moines, Iowa; USW Local 745 in Freeport, Ill.; and USW Local 890 in Bryan, Ohio each approved four-year agreements ... more
February 26, 2013
Stephen Skvara, Retired Steelworker, Raised a Voice for Justice
The United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement from Jim Robinson, Director, USW District 7, in recognition of the death last week of Stephen Skvara, 65, a retired steelworker activist, President of an Indiana Chapter of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), and who served on the district SOAR executive board.
February 25, 2013
USW Members Take Action in Support of Mexican Workers Across North America
Between Feb. 18 and 22, USW members from the U.S. and Canada joined unions around the world in demonstrations and rallies at embassies and consulates to protest the constant and systematic violations of human and labor rights by the Mexican Government.
February 20, 2013
Steelworkers Stand with Los Mineros, Demand Justice
Seven years after an explosion at Grupo Mexico’s Mine #8 killed 65 miners at Pasta de Conchos in San Juan de Sabinas, Coahuila, hundreds of men and women marched through Mexico City carrying 65 black caskets with the Mexican Metal and Mineworkers' Union (Los Mineros) to mark the anniversary.
February 18, 2013
Unions prepare for Mexico Days of Action
The IndustriALL Global Union is mobilizing internationally for trade union rights in Mexico during the week of February 18-24, 2013. The date marks the terrible Pasta de Conchos mine accident in 2006 that killed 65 miners.
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 30, 2012
Fighting to Stop their Jobs from Moving to Mexico
USW Local 9550 members in Goshen, IN. are fighting to stop their jobs from moving to Mexico. They work for Cequent Towing Company, whose parent company TriMas Corp., based out of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., have reported third-quarter sales of $336 million, up 21% from the same quarter in 2011.
October 24, 2012
No Denial: 'Son Of Detroit' Profited From Bailout - And Jobs Shipped To China
"I'm a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars," said Mitt Romney on Monday night when he net with President Obama to discuss foreign policy. "And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry."
October 22, 2012
USW Praises Clear Channel Decision to Remove Signs Intimidating Voters
The United Steelworkers (USW) today said Clear Channel Communications made the right decision in removing anonymous billboards designed to intimidate voters and suppress turnout. The billboards, which warned of prison terms and fines for anyone engaged in voter fraud, began to appear in early October.
October 21, 2012
Romney Selling Out America ... The Real Deal About Mitt And The Chinese!
Mitt Romney is on the podium preaching the line that he would create jobs, while his buddies at Bain Capital - the company he founded - are outsourcing jobs to China. But that is just the tip of the iceberg ... The larger picture looks even worse and is happening right now as you read this.
October 19, 2012
USW Members to Show Solidarity with Illinois Sensata Workers Losing Their Jobs Because of Romney’s Bain Capital
United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond, District 7 Director Jim Robinson, Local 745L President Dale Sandell and rank-and-file members from around the region on Friday will gather in Freeport, Illinois, to show solidarity with Sensata Technologies workers whose jobs are moving to China because of Mitt Romney's Bain Capital.
October 18, 2012
Judge: USW Challenge to Indiana Anti-Union Law Can Go Forward
Lake County, Indiana, Circuit Court Judge George Paras ruled on Tuesday that the United Steelworkers' (USW) legal challenge to Indiana’s new anti-union "right-to-work" law can go forward.
October 17, 2012
Candidates Visit USW Local 1999-9
House District 92 Candidate Karlee Macer and Senate District 35 Candidate Mark Waterfill talk with Steelworkers from USW Local 1999-9 at the plant gate.
October 12, 2012
Gerard Discusses How Mitt Romney Profits at the Expense of American Workers
Progressive talk show host Ed Schultz spoke with United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital who are profiting by selling out American workers by shipping U.S. jobs to China.
October 02, 2012
Goal for 103-year-old Betty Lockett: register 103 voters
â€śFor my birthday present I asked to have 103 people register to vote,â€ť said Lockett, a widowed Hammond centenarian, retired nurse and Mississippi native.
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 17, 2012
U.S. Vote Foundation and Hispanic Communications Network Launch Spanish Language Absentee Ballot Request Services Website
U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) and Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) proudly announce the debut of Voto Ausente USA, www.VotoAusenteUSA.org, a Spanish-language website, which offers state-specific absentee ballot request services for voters in 12 states.
September 06, 2012
USW Local 1899 for "Largest Participating Organization"
The Madison County Federation of Labor awarded our United Steelworker (USW) Local 1899 for "Largest Participating Organization" as many members and their family units turned out to showcase the fine t-shirts with the USW 70th Anniversary logo in this year's Labor Day Parade in Granite City, Ill.
September 05, 2012
Local 6787 Holds Informational Picket
Local 6787 held an informational picket at ArcelorMittal, Burns Harbor, IN August 5, 2012.
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 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.
May 30, 2012
USW Calls for Paycheck Fairness
The United Steelworkers (USW) today called on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to end his silence on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate that would provide greater protection to women who suffer because of sex-based pay discrimination.
May 26, 2012
Steelworkers Celebrate 70 Years of Solidarity in Cleveland
This two-day event featured everything that made the USW a great union - the history of men and women who fought and struggled for the rights and benefits for working people.
May 09, 2012
The Future is Creating Wealth by Making Things
United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard talked with progressive talk show host Ed Schultz about President Obama’s plan to create opportunities to secure American manufacturing jobs
May 08, 2012
USW Joins President Obama In Calling On Congress To Create Jobs
The United Steelworkers (USW) said today that Congress needs to follow President Obama’s lead in creating jobs by acting on a “To Do List” that would help restore middle-class security. In a speech today in Upstate New York, the President emphasized that Congress now has the opportunity to create secure American jobs by manufacturing goods for the international economy.
May 03, 2012
USW Welcomes Restoration of Legal Status to Mexican Labor Leader
The United Steelworkers (USW) today lauded the decision of the Mexican Supreme Court to restore legal recognition to Napoleon Gomez, General Secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers (Los Mineros).
April 17, 2012
Workers grill Whirlpool on plant closures
Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) and the IUE-CWA today demanded answers from Whirlpool executives who seem more interested in lining their pockets with huge benefit packages than investing in American workers and communities.
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 15, 2012
Meeting with Mexican Ambassador, Canadian Labour Leaders Call for Freedom of Association in Mexico
The Mexican government must stop systemic violations of workers' freedom of association, the protection contracts system and its interference with union elections," said Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National Director, in a meeting with the Mexican Ambassador in Ottawa.
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.
January 11, 2012
Steelworkers Support Indiana House Democrats on Opposing Right-to-Work
United Steelworkers (USW) gathered with about 2,800 workers at the Indiana Statehouse to lend their support for state Democrats who are fighting right-to-work legislation. Democrats, who have not answered the call to bring the House into session, are angry at House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Rep. Douglas Gutwein
December 29, 2011
Steelworker Recalls Mitt Romney's So-Called Job Creation Claim on Ed Schultz Show
Last night on MSNBC's Ed Schultz Show, host Ed Schultz discussed with United Steelworker (USW) Technician Randy Johnson about Mitt Romney's claim as a job creator.
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.
November 30, 2011
USW Supports Public Sector Strike in U.K.
Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union rallied at the British consulate in Chicago today to show support for a massive general strike in the United Kingdom against public employee pension cuts.
November 22, 2011
USW, Other Unions Mobilize Against Indiana Right-to-Work
About 700 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) today joined almost 2,000 other union activists and supporters at the Indiana statehouse on Indiana AFL-CIO Lobby Day to rally against state Republicans’ drive to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation.
October 20, 2011
Local union leader urges support of continued duty orders at hearing on steel plate imports from five countries
USW Local 6787 Vice President Pete Trinidad testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., urging support for continued duty orders against imports of cut-to-length steel plate (CTLP) from India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Korea.
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 13, 2011
USW Joins Mexican Labor Representatives to Detail Repression, Assault on Rights and Wages at U.S. Congressional Briefing
Mexico’s independent unions, which are facing ongoing repression from authorities and corporations while the working people they represent are being driven deeper into poverty through the erosion of their wages and human rights, today took their plight to the U.S. 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.
August 03, 2011
USW Members Ratify Labor Agreement to End 13-Month Lockout By Honeywell International at Metropolis Uranium Plant in Illinois
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced ratification of a new three-year agreement, ending a 13-month lockout by Honeywell International at the uranium processing plant in Metropolis, Ill., that is the largest conversion plant in the world to produce nuclear fuel for commercial reactors.
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 29, 2011
USW reacts to latest federal safety citations at Honeywell
The Honeywell uranium conversion facility where USW workers remain locked out for more than one year has once again been cited for violations by a federal agency. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) cited the plant with 17 "serious" safety violations and a $119,000.00 fine on June 22.
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 23, 2011
One Year Later: Still Hanging Tough Against Honeywell
One year after being locked out by Honeywell, members of USW Local 7-669 in Metropolis, Ill., are still hanging tough as they stand up against corporate greed. Today, hundreds are gathering for a rally marking the anniversary and showing just how strong Steelworkers are. 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 13, 2011
European Unions Call on Honeywell CEO to End Illinois Lockout
The United Steelworkers (USW) today released a strong statement by European union leaders calling on Honeywell Corp.'s CEO David Cote to immediately end the 11-month-long lockout of 228 workers at the company's uranium processing plant of USW Local 7-669 in Metropolis, IL.
April 26, 2011
USW Locked-Out Workers Question Honeywell Management During Shareholders Meeting in Morristown, NJ
Citing ten months of unproductive bargaining sessions, locked-out United Steelworkers (USW) from the nation’s only uranium conversion facility at Metropolis, IL., used their proxy shares to gain access to Honeywell International Corp. shareholders meeting yesterday for an accountability session with company executives.
April 20, 2011
The Leslie Marshall Show - The King (or Dictator) of Michigan?
In this episode, Leslie Marshall talks with Fred Redmond, International Vice President of Human Affairs for the United Steelworkers (USW). Redmond talked about how Governor Snyder’s bill to impose “financial martial law” on the people of Michigan is a threat to democracy and the electoral process.
March 29, 2011
Steelworkers Ratify Contract with Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN)
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced that in a vote yesterday, some 1,500 represented employees ratified a new contract with Dana Holding Corporation. "This contract retains the strong language protecting our work from leaving our USW and United Auto Workers (UAW) represented facilities ...
March 24, 2011
NEW VIDEO: 100 Years After Triangle Fire, Clock Turning Back on Workers' Rights
You have to check out this incredibly moving video about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire 100 years ago and a similar tragedy that recently happened at a clothing factory in Bangladesh. It shows that the clock is turning back when it comes to workers' rights.
March 11, 2011
USW Members Gather with Thousands at the Indiana Statehouse to Fight for the Middle Class
The icy winds of Indiana did not deter thousands of union supporters who rallied outside the Statehouse calling for lawmakers to drop anti-union measures that would cut back on labor 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 21, 2011
USW Members Out in Force Against Indiana's Anti-Worker Bill
United Steelworkers members were among the 5,000 standing up for the middle class today in Indiana, where the latest assault on workers' rights is underway. Click here for 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.