‘This Mill Is Everything in This Community.’

Cathalijne Adams

Cathalijne Adams Researcher, AAM

A year after Section 232 tariffs on imported steel were put in place, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul returns to Coatesville, Pa., to sit down with local steelworkers and examine how the city is faring in the latest episode of The Manufacturing Report podcast.  

Though a flood of foreign imports threatened the future of Coatesville’s mill, a critical contributor to U.S. national security as a supplier of specialized armored plating, the tide has begun to turn. 

The mill, which has shaped the community for more than 200 years, has hired over 50 new employees over the last year with employment sustained at 535 workers. And more than 600 applicants have applied to join them, steelworkers Vonie Long and Fred Grumbine report in the episode. 

Though workers at Coatesville’s mill are certainly seeing the benefit of their mill’s recovery following Section 232 trade action, the entire community is in the midst of a revival. Peter Lymberis, co-owner of Little Chef restaurant in Coatesville, has seen the bustle of work at the mill and the resulting orders for his restaurant for himself.

“This mill means everything,” Grumbine said. “For a few years now, we’ve been going through a revitalization here, but I see big things back on the horizon. We were at a stalemate there for a while, and I feel that if we didn’t have the mill here, we couldn’t get back to it. The mill is everything in this community.”

However, Coatesville is not alone in its success. Both Fairfield, Ala., and Lone Star, Texas, have seen their own comebacks with restarts and expansions announced just this year.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about Coatesville’s recovery.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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