Shutdown Stories

From the USW

In Ohio, our members at Maxion, a wheel manufacturer, are facing an onslaught of dumped and subsidized steel wheels from China. Because of the shutdown impacts at the International Trade Commission, the trade case that can get them some relief is delayed.

Similarly, 300 USW-represented workers at Tyler Pipe in Texas are seeing their jobs threatened by unfair trade. A pending trade case could help them out, but with the shutdown, a delay and continued imports only further jeopardize their jobs and the company’s viability.
 

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Every day the government shutdown drags on, 800,000 federal workers remain in limbo wondering when they’ll get their next paycheck. That includes 250,000 veterans and many fellow union members. The indirect impacts, such as those happening to the Steelworkers in the stories above, are piling up. With nearly 80 percent of Americans reporting that they live paycheck to paycheck, it does not take long for financial challenges to become overwhelming and lasting.

Goverrnment workers and those who depend upon their work should not be pawns in a policy debate far-removed from the day-to-day of their jobs. If politicians want to have a debate about the wall or border security, they should do it while the government is open. We urge Congress to get them back to work before more damage is done.

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Posted In: Union Matters

Union Matters

He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”

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