United Steelworkers: District 2 News https://www.usw.org/districts/rss/2 United Steelworkers: District 2 News en-us info@usw.org webmaster@usw.org 40 USW Cares Stories and Articles for 2015 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-stories-and-articles-for-2015 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-stories-and-articles-for-2015 Click on the right-hand booklet icon to bring the book to full screen mode. Click on "Esc" to bring it back to original size.

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USW Praises Antidumping Duties on Coated Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-praises-antidumping-duties-on-coated-steel Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:22:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-praises-antidumping-duties-on-coated-steel CONTACT: Gary Hubbard; (202) 256-8125; ghubbard@usw.org

Pittsburgh (Dec. 23) – The United Steelworkers (USW) confirmed another preliminary determination announced late Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) following antidumping (AD) duty investigations for imports of corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy and Korea.

“The egregious high volume of illegal, corrosion-resistant steel dumped in the U.S. market from China was found to be so substantial that all producers in China will have a maximum duty rate that should take them out of our market,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

According to the government’s determination, the rate applied to China imports will be 255.80 percent. The remaining countries in the trade case investigation will have single-digit AD margins on corrosion-resistant imports: India (6.64-6.92 percent); Korea (2.99-3.51 percent); and Italy (0.0-3.11 percent). Taiwan received no antidumping margin whatsoever.

“We are gratified the whopping duty on China dumping will be another needed lesson for their job-stealing violations.” He added that this Commerce Dept. prelim finding is the second enforcement action in the past week against illegal imports of flat-rolled steel products that follows subsidy duties placed on cold-rolled imports from China,” Gerard said.

Other steel trade cases in the U.S. government pipeline are due for investigative outcomes on dumping for hot-rolled in January and cold-rolled in February.

“Multiple steel producing countries are taking more than one-third of our domestic market when American steelworkers should be sharing in an improved economy.” Gerard declared.

“Instead, thousands of USW-represented steelworkers and iron ore miners are currently on layoff status at American idled facilities. Tens of thousands more are threatened by the steel imports tonnage still flooding into the country – especially from China.”

The preliminary order announced late yesterday on coated steel products will result in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) being instructed to require cash deposits based on the duty rates for steel imports from China and three other countries.

Tom Conway, USW International Vice President, who is currently leading negotiations with several domestic steel companies, said: “The duty rates will also be applied retroactively by the USDOC, where ‘critical circumstance’ was found for certain exporters from China, Korea and Taiwan.”

The export violators will be required by U.S. Customs to impose provisional measures retroactively on steel flat products for up to 90 days prior to the effective date of the federal order.

Global overcapacity in steel and continued abuse of the system by foreign companies and their governments requires a major overhaul of U.S. trade policy and enforcement, said Conway.

“For decades, American workers have paid the price of failed trade policies and inconsistent enforcement of flawed trade agreements,” he added. “Congress and the administration need to take responsibility for changing the system that has cost more than a million manufacturing jobs and shuttered thousands of factories, mainly in industries that employ USW members.”

The USW represents some 35,000 workers who produce corrosion-resistant steel at facilities owned by U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal and AK Steel, which are among the petitioners seeking relief. The U.S. trade case was filed in June.

Impacted U.S. Steel facilities include operations in Clairton, Pa., Fairfield, Ala., and Gary, Ind. ArcelorMittal production incudes operations in Cleveland, Ohio, East Chicago, Ind., and Weirton, W Va., while affected AK Steel plants include operations in Ashland, Ky. and Mansfield, Ohio.

Final determination orders for corrosion-resistant steel are due next May by the USDOC and in June from the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Corrosion-resistant steel products are typically used in the manufacture of trucks, automobiles, appliances, agricultural equipment and industrial equipment.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors. For more information: http://www.usw.org/.

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Happy Holidays from the USW https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/happy-holidays-from-the-usw Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/happy-holidays-from-the-usw This past year has been tough for so many, but through it all we’ve held onto hope, pushed through with our unbreakable fighting spirit and showed the true meaning of solidarity. These are among our greatest gifts. Thank you for making our union so special.

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Information on the Merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/information-on-the-merger-of-dow-chemical-and-dupont Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:13:50 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/information-on-the-merger-of-dow-chemical-and-dupont Dow Chemical Co. and E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co. agreed today to merge their operations, which would create a single chemical company just about the size of industry leader BASF. The merger is subject to anti-trust review in the United States, Europe and elsewhere in the world, and is expected to be complete by about the middle of 2016. This could be delayed, depending on the complexity of the negotiations during the anti-trust review.

Click the links below.

Merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont, Reincorporation of Dow Corning into Dow Chemical – Letter from Carol Landry

DuPont and Dow to Combine in Merger of Equals

Dow Dupont Merger Company Fact-Sheet

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December Edition of the District 2 NEWS https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/december-edition-of-the-district-2-news Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:25:52 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/december-edition-of-the-district-2-news

Please click here to download your December edition of the District 2 NEWS!

To submit an article or picture in future editions, please check the deadline date at the bottom left hand corner of the issue. If you know a member that does not receive our newsletter but would like to be included, please have them send us their name, address, phone number, local union number and, of course, their email address; and we will gladly update our distribution list for the next electronic mailing. This contact information can be sent to Art Kroll, Editor “District 2 NEWS” at d2@usw.org.

 

Michael Bolton,
United Steelworkers, District 2 Director

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USW Challenges Cliffs on Threats to Increase Retiree Health Costs https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-challenges-cliffs-on-threats-to-increase-retiree-health-costs Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:17:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-challenges-cliffs-on-threats-to-increase-retiree-health-costs

USW Challenges Cliffs on Threats to Increase Retiree Health Costs

Click here to download a PDF of this update to distribute at your facility.

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Local 4950 union hall in Negaunee, Mich., on December 9 to discuss recent warnings from Cliffs Natural Resources of potentially large increases to retiree health care costs in 2016.

The company mailed letters to Cliffs retirees in late November threatening significant increases that could put an unnecessary financial burden on many of our retirees and their families.

As you know, your USW bargaining committee is still in the process of negotiating a new contract with Cliffs. We believe the rates that the company quoted in its letter would be incorrect regardless of the status of our negotiations.

As soon as we learned of the company’s letter, we scheduled a meeting with management in an effort to resolve this matter.  Unfortunately, the company continued to insist on moving forward with its planned increases and seemed determined to force the USW to go to arbitration over these rates.

While we understand that this is a difficult time for our industry, we also are determined to do everything we can to make sure Cliffs does not take advantage of that climate to harm our retirees who have worked hard their whole lives. We have launched a petition aimed at convincing Cliffs to compromise on this issue. If you haven’t signed it yet, please contact your CAT representative to do so!

Rest assured that we will continue to do everything we can to prevent Cliffs from imposing unnecessary and burdensome premium increases on our retirees and families, and we will continue to keep everyone informed about this situation as it develops.

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USW Leadership Statement Urges Rejection of TPP https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-leadership-statement-urges-rejection-of-tpp Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:53:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-leadership-statement-urges-rejection-of-tpp Executive Board Resolution applies to U.S. & Canada action

Contacts: Wayne Ranick: (412) 562-2444, wranick@usw.org
              Gary Hubbard: (202) 256-8125, ghubbard@usw.org

Pittsburgh (Dec. 10) – The International Executive Board of the United Steelworkers (USW) today adopted a formal resolution urging rejection of the proposed 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal by both the U.S. Congress and the Canadian federal government.

USW President Leo W. Gerard said the resolution is intended for wide distribution to the union membership in both the U.S. and Canada, setting forth the basis of a fully-engaged TPP rejection campaign in each country. 

“The USW is the largest industrial union in North America representing 1.2 million active and retired members who would all be impacted by TPP,” Gerard said. “These workers with family-supportive jobs are employed in virtually every tradable sector: mining, metals, glass, rubber, paper and forestry, automotive and aerospace products.”

Upon release of the USW policy statement, he said it exposes the TPP as bad trade policy with no real enforcement, misplaced priorities and that working families had already suffered far too long from previous free trade deals.

The USW resolution highlighted the union had an earnest expectation workers’ needs in any trade deal would be met. “When negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership began, our union engaged with the negotiators and policymakers with the hope of forging a new approach.”

The statement said the USW sought a trade agreement for the U.S. and Canada “that would lift wages up, rather than pushing them down, one that would reduce our nations’ accumulated trade deficits that continue to mount, one that would promote domestic manufacturing and employment rather than more outsourcing and offshoring, one that would begin to reverse the widening gap of income inequality.”

Citing in detail issues ignored that hurt American and Canadian workers, the USW resolution found the TPP didn’t address currency manipulation, accepted overcapacity in global manufacturing, had insufficient rules for State-Owned Enterprises, provided weak rules of origin for autos and auto parts, plus showed a failure to ensure worker rights standards are implemented.

“The TPP fails to meet the promise that it would be a high-standards, 21st Century trade agreement in the area of workers’ rights, representing not only a missed opportunity, but also limiting the ability of workers to share in the very prosperity that they will be working so hard to create for multinational firms through their labor.”  

It added, “TPP countries would be required to adopt and maintain laws to provide for a minimum wage, but that wage may be only pennies an hour to be acceptable under the TPP.”

Saying the USW provided comprehensive proposals during the TPP negotiations about how to improve the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of U.S. trade laws, the resolution declared: “The negotiators agreed to TPP trade rules that are far from sufficient, leaving the USW with little confidence that even those rules will be enforced.”

The resolution concluded:

“The TPP will only continue the failed trade policies of the past that have valued corporate profits, wherever obtained, over the interests of job and opportunity creation here at home. The USW will put every effort into defeating the TPP.”

The USW International Executive Board resolution rejecting the TPP can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

A detailed report by the statutorily-created U.S. Labor Advisory Committee (LAC) on the TPP that Gerard served on was also publicly released Dec. 4 by the 19-named representatives of working Americans. Among the LAC signatories were: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, UAW President Dennis Williams, Machinists President R. Thomas Buffenbarger and James Hoffa, General President of the Teamsters.

The TPP countries are: United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

An op-ed by Gerard, Hoffa and Williams critical of the TPP following release of the LAC report was published in the Huffington Post as: It's Time to Take a Stand for Workers on TPP.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors.  For more information: http://www.usw.org/.

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Is Your Local Opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership? https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/is-your-local-opposing-the-trans-pacific-partnership Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:03:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/is-your-local-opposing-the-trans-pacific-partnership Make it Official by Signing this Letter!

stop tppOur union is part of the Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC), a coalition of labor, environmental, consumer, family farm, religious and other groups that fight for trade policy that protects the interests of a majority of people and not the agenda of corporations. CTC is currently circulating a “sign-on” letter to show wide-ranging opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership. This will go to our Representatives and Senators so they can see the broad-based opposition from groups and locals across the country along with key reasons to oppose this bad deal.

We urge all Locals to consider signing this letter. On Monday, December 7, CTC will evaluate whether or not to close the letter for signatures based on the number at that time. Visit this link to add your Local to the letter: http://tinyurl.com/TPPsignon

Text of the Letter

Dear Representative / Senator:
We urge you to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a binding pact that poses significant threats to American jobs and wages, the environment, food safety and public health, and that falls far short of establishing the high standards the United States should require in a 21st Century trade agreement.

If enacted, the TPP would set rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy, and includes a “docking” mechanism through which not only Pacific Rim nations, but any country in the world, could join over time.  The questions policymakers should be asking about these rules is whether, on the whole, they would create American jobs, raise our wages, enhance environmental sustainability, improve public health and advance human rights and democracy.  After careful consideration, we believe you will agree, the answer to these questions is no.  

Our opposition to the TPP is broad and varied.  Below are just some of the likely effects of the TPP that we find deeply disturbing.

Offshoring U.S. jobs and driving down wages
The TPP would offshore more good-paying American jobs, lower wages in the jobs that are left and increase income inequality by forcing U.S. employers into closer competition with companies exploiting labor in countries like Vietnam, with workers legally paid less than 65 cents an hour, and Malaysia, where an estimated one third of workers in the country’s export-oriented electronics industry are the victims of human trafficking.

The TPP replicates the investor protections that reduce the risks and costs of relocating production to low wage countries.  The pro-free-trade Cato Institute considers these terms a subsidy on offshoring, noting that they lower the risk premium of relocating to venues that American firms might otherwise not consider.

And the TPP’s labor standards are grossly inadequate to the task of protecting human rights abroad and jobs here at home.  The countries involved in the TPP have labor and human rights records so egregious that the “May 10th” model — which was never sufficient to tackle the systemic labor abuses in Colombia — is simply incapable of ensuring that workers in Mexico, Vietnam, Malaysia and all TPP countries will be able to exercise the rights they are promised on paper.  Even if the labor standards were much stronger, the TPP is also so poorly negotiated that it allows products assembled mainly from parts manufactured in “third party” countries with no TPP obligations whatsoever to enter the United States duty free.

The TPP contains none of the enforceable safeguards against currency manipulation demanded by a bipartisan majority in both chambers of Congress.  Thus, the often modest tariff cuts achieved under the pact for U.S. exporters could be easily wiped out overnight by countries’ willingness to devalue their currencies in order to gain an unfair trade advantage.  Already, the TPP includes several notorious currency manipulators, and would be open for countries such as China to join.

In addition, the TPP includes procurement requirements that would waive “Buy American” and “Buy Local” preferences in many types of government purchasing, meaning our tax dollars would also be offshored rather than being invested at home to create jobs here.  Even the many Chinese state-owned enterprises in Vietnam would have to be treated equally with U.S. firms in bidding on most U.S. government contracts.  The pact even includes financial services provisions that we are concerned might be interpreted to prohibit many of the commonsense financial stability policies necessary to head off future economic crises.  The TPP is a major threat to the U.S. and global economy alike.

Undermining environmental protection
The TPP’s Environment Chapter rolls back the initial progress made in the “May 10th” agreement between congressional Democrats and President George W. Bush with respect to multilateral environmental (MEAs) agreements.  The TPP only includes an obligation to “adopt, maintain, and implement” domestic policies to fulfill one of the seven MEAs covered by Bush-era free trade agreements and listed in the “Fast Track” law.  This omission would allow countries to violate their obligations in key environmental treaties in order to boost trade or investment without any consequences.

Of the new conservation measures in the TPP, most have extremely weak obligations attached to them, requiring countries to do things such as “exchange information and experiences” and “endeavor not to undermine” conservation efforts, rather than requiring them to “prohibit” and “ban” destructive practices.  This stands in stark contrast to many of the commercial obligations found within the agreement.

The TPP’s controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system would enable foreign investors to challenge bedrock environmental and public health laws, regulations and court decisions as violations of the TPP’s broad foreign investor rights in international tribunals that circumvent domestic judicial systems — a threat felt at home and throughout the Pacific Rim.
Despite the fact that the TPP could threaten climate policies, increase shipping emissions and shift U.S. manufacturing to more carbon-intensive countries, the TPP fails to even include the words “climate change.”

Jeopardizing the safety of the food we feed our families
The TPP includes language not found in past pacts that allows exporters to challenge border food safety inspection procedures.  This is a dire concern given the TPP includes countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia that export massive quantities of shrimp and other seafood to the United States, significant amounts of which are now rejected as unsafe under current policies.

As well, new language in the final text replicates the industry demand for a so-called “Rapid Response Mechanism” that requires border inspectors to notify exporters for every food safety check that finds a problem and give the exporter the right to bring a challenge to that port inspection determination.  This is a new right to bring a trade challenge to individual border inspection decisions (including potentially laboratory or other testing) that second-guesses U.S. inspectors and creates a chilling effect that would deter rigorous oversight of imported foods.

The TPP additionally includes new rules on risk assessment that would prioritize the extent to which a food safety policy impacts trade, not the extent to which it protects consumers.

Rolling back access to life-saving medications
Many of the TPP’s intellectual property provisions would effectively delay the introduction of low-cost generic medications, increasing health care prices and reducing access to medicine both at home and abroad.  

Pharmaceutical firms obtained much of their agenda in the TPP.  This includes new monopoly rights that do not exist in past agreements with respect to biologic medicines, a category that includes cutting edge cancer treatment.  The TPP also contains requirements that TPP nations allow additional 20-year patents for new uses of drugs already under patent, among other rules that would promote the “evergreening” of patent monopolies.  Other TPP provisions would enable pharmaceutical companies to challenge Medicare drug pricing decisions and constrain future U.S. policy reforms to reduce healthcare costs.

 With this agreement, the United States would shamefully roll back some of the hard-fought protections for access to medicine in trade agreements that were secured during the George W. Bush administration.  Indeed, the pact eviscerates the core premise of the “May 10th” reforms that poor nations require more flexibility in medicine patent rules so as to ensure access.  All of the TPP’s extreme medicine patent rules will apply equally to developing countries with only short transition periods for application of some of the rules.

Elevating investor rights over human rights and democracy
Contrary to Fast Track negotiating objectives, the TPP’s Investment Chapter and its ISDS system would grant foreign firms greater rights than domestic firms enjoy under U.S. law.  One class of interests — foreign firms — could privately enforce this public treaty by skirting domestic laws and courts to challenge U.S. federal, state and local decisions and policies on grounds not available in U.S. law and do so before extrajudicial tribunals authorized to order payment of unlimited sums of taxpayer dollars.  Under the TPP, compensation orders could include the “expected future profits” a tribunal determines that an investor would have earned in the absence of the public policy it is attacking.

Worse, the TPP would expand U.S. ISDS liability by widening the scope of domestic policies and government actions that could be challenged.  For the first time in any U.S. free trade agreement, the provision used in most successful investor compensation demands would be extended to challenges of financial regulatory policies.  The TPP would extend the “minimum standard of treatment” obligation to the TPP’s Financial Services Chapter’s terms, allowing financial firms to challenge policies as violating investors’ “expectations” of how they should be treated.  Meanwhile, the “safeguard” that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) claims would protect such policies merely replicates terms that have failed to protect challenged policies in the past.

In addition, the TPP would newly allow pharmaceutical firms to use the TPP to demand cash compensation for claimed violations of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules on creation, limitation or revocation of intellectual property rights. Currently, WTO rules are not privately enforceable by investors.  

With Japanese, Australian and other firms newly empowered to launch ISDS attacks against the United States, the TPP would double U.S. ISDS exposure.  More than 1,000 additional corporations in TPP nations, which own more than 9,200 subsidiaries here, could newly launch ISDS cases against the U.S. government.  About 1,300 foreign firms with about 9,500 U.S. subsidiaries are so empowered under all existing U.S. investor-state-enforced pacts.  Most of these are with developing nations with few investors here.  That is why, until the TPP, the United States has managed largely to dodge ISDS attacks to date.

In these, and multiple other ways, the TPP elevates investor rights over human rights and democracy, threatening an even broader array of public policy decisions than described above.   This, unfortunately, is the all-too-predictable result of a secretive negotiating process in which hundreds of corporate advisors had privileged access to negotiating texts, while the public was barred from even reviewing what was being proposed in its name.

The TPP does not deserve your support.  Had Fast Track not become law, Congress could work to remove the misguided and detrimental provisions of the TPP, strengthen weak ones and add new provisions designed to ensure that our most vulnerable families and communities do not bear the brunt of the TPP’s many risks.  Now that Fast Track authority is in place for it, Congress is left with no means of adequately amending the agreement without rejecting it entirely.  We respectfully ask that you do just that.  

Thank you for your consideration.  We will be following your position on this matter closely.

Sign your local onto the letter HERE:http://tinyurl. com/TPPsignon

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November Edition of the District 2 NEWS https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/november-edition-of-the-district-2-news Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/november-edition-of-the-district-2-news

Please click here to download your November edition of the District 2 NEWS!

To submit an article or picture in future editions, please check the deadline date at the bottom left hand corner of the issue. If you know a member that does not receive our newsletter but would like to be included, please have them send us their name, address, phone number, local union number and, of course, their email address; and we will gladly update our distribution list for the next electronic mailing. This contact information can be sent to Art Kroll, Editor “District 2 NEWS” at d2@usw.org.

 

Michael Bolton,
United Steelworkers, District 2 Director

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Call your Representative and tell them to keep the Crude Oil Export Ban https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/call-your-representative-and-tell-them-to-keep-the-crude-oil-export-ban Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:15:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/call-your-representative-and-tell-them-to-keep-the-crude-oil-export-ban (Crude Oil Export Ban )


American refinery jobs and our country’s security is at risk if the House of Representatives votes to lift the Crude Oil Export Ban on Friday. Call your Representative right now and tell them to put working people before corporate profit and keep the Crude Oil Export Ban.

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USW Pres. Gerard Statement on TPP Coming to Closure https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-pres-gerard-statement-on-tpp-coming-to-closure Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:09:35 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-pres-gerard-statement-on-tpp-coming-to-closure The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal should not be submitted to Congress

Contact:  Gary Hubbard, 202-256-8125, ghubbard@usw.org

Pittsburgh (Oct. 5) – Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), issued the following statement as negotiations on the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)are coming to closure.

“Since negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) started, the cleared advisors of the United Steelworkers (USW) have devoted substantial resources and time to working with the trade negotiators responsible for developing and advancing U.S. interests in the trade talks.  

“Because the USW is the largest industrial union in North America, we see the real-life effects of trade policy every day.  That is why we are paying close attention to the provisions that have the potential to harm the majority of our membership. 

“From what we know, the draft TPP threatens the future of production and employment.   It compromises the so-called 21st century standards that were supposed to form the foundation for this agreement. It will deal a critical blow to workers and their standard of living in the United States. 

“Although the final text has not been made available and will contain some new bells and whistles; from what we have seen and know, at its core the hastily concluded TPP deal will simply continue today’s outdated, disastrous approach to trade.

“This TPP deal shouldn’t even be submitted to Congress and, if it is, it should be quickly rejected.

“You only have to look at the consistently dismal job numbers in manufacturing to understand what every manufacturing worker already knows. We have been on the losing end of trade deals. 

“Once again, it appears that misguided foreign policy and global corporate interests have trumped sound economics and the opportunity to get things right.  Our negotiators are trying to beat the clock to close a deal so they can rush it through Congress before next year’s elections. 

“TPP is sold as a way for the United States to write the rules of trade before China does.   In many areas, the agreement fails this objective and the language on rules of origin will put a smile on the faces of China’s leaders.   China didn’t get to write the rules in their favor because our American negotiators did it for them. 

“The rule of origin on autos governs how much of a vehicle’s content must be produced by the twelve TPP countries to get the preferential treatment the TPP will provide.   In this quickly concluded deal on rules of origin, Chinese-produced auto parts could account for more than a majority of a car’s parts and still get sweetheart treatment.  While China is not as yet a party to the twelve-nation TPP, the TPP is designed so that other countries can join.

“In many other areas critical to workers, U.S. negotiators refused to take the advice that was provided to them time and time again by the representatives of working people.   But while supporters tout the deal, those promises will fall on deaf ears.   Workers across this country have had to fight to get our trade rules enforced in the face of inadequate enforcement and constant cheating by our trading partners.  

“Even the best rules, which were not included in TPP, if unenforced, are essentially worthless.  How trade rules are implemented, how we monitor imports, obtain market access for our exports and how we enforce our rules are all critical to any deal’s success.

“So far, there has been no progress or willingness of the Administration to even discuss specific steps that could be taken.

“TPP may be the final blow to manufacturing in America.  Our producers and workers are under siege from other nations’ massive overproduction, foreign currency devaluation, our own lack of long-term infrastructure investment and the strong dollar. 

“Therefore, trade policy is not the only issue that determines what the economic prospects will be for working people. But, trade is the critical link to the world economy and global pressures are being felt in virtually every occupation and in every workplace.” 

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Steelworkers Rally for a Fair Contract at Cliffs Natural Resources https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/steelworkers-rally-for-a-fair-contract-at-cliffs-natural-resources Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:20:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/steelworkers-rally-for-a-fair-contract-at-cliffs-natural-resources Hundreds of members and supporters of USW Locals 4950 and 4974 rallied in Negaunee, MI on Saturday to demand a fair contract for workers at Cliffs Natural Resources.  Workers rallied at Miners Park in Michigan’s upper peninsula as the contract between the Steelworkers and Cliffs approached its October 1 expiration date. 

At the bargaining table, Cliffs is demanding concessions that would erase years of collective bargaining progress in the mining industry. Steelworkers say that they’re not willing to let Cliffs use a temporary downturn in the market as an excuse to make unnecessary and permanent cuts. 

Steelworkers from Cliffs were joined by community supporters, local businesses and elected leaders including County Commissioners Gerry Corkin and Karen Alholm and State Representatives Scott Dianda and John Keivala.

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September Edition of the District 2 NEWS https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/september-edition-of-the-district-2-news Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:51:38 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/september-edition-of-the-district-2-news header 

Please click here to download your September edition of the District 2 NEWS!

To submit an article or picture in future editions, please check the deadline date at the bottom left hand corner of the issue. If you know a member that does not receive our newsletter but would like to be included, please have them send us their name, address, phone number, local union number and, of course, their email address; and we will gladly update our distribution list for the next electronic mailing. This contact information can be sent to Art Kroll, Editor “District 2 NEWS” at d2@usw.org.

 

Michael Bolton,
United Steelworkers, District 2 Director

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USW to Congress: Lifting Crude Oil Export Ban Would Threaten America’s Energy Security and Refinery Jobs https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-to-congress-lifting-crude-oil-export-ban-would-threaten-americas-energy-security-and-refinery-jobs Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:10:43 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-to-congress-lifting-crude-oil-export-ban-would-threaten-americas-energy-security-and-refinery-jobs Contact:

Lynne Hancock, USW Communications, (o) 412-562-2442; (c) 615-828-6169; lhancock@usw.org
Roy Houseman, USW Legislative office, (o) 202-778-3312; (c) 202-288-3573; rhouseman@usw.org

Pittsburgh—The United Steelworkers Union (USW) joins the majority of Americans who do not want Congress to lift the crude oil export ban and jeopardize America’s energy security, affordable gasoline prices and booming refining sector.

“In 1975 Congress passed the crude oil export ban because America’s dependence on the Mideast for crude oil allowed Saudi Arabia to hold oil supplies hostage in retaliation for the United States’ support of Israel in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

“Members of Congress want to place our country in that precarious position again by lifting the crude oil export ban. Exporting crude makes no sense when our country is not energy self-sufficient, importing 44 percent of the crude that is refined in the United States.

“As Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stated in a House Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing, for every barrel of oil the U.S. would export, an additional barrel would have to be imported.

“Does Congress want the United States to be dependent on Mideast oil producers who have the power to deny oil supplies based on political whims?”

OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) strongly controls world oil prices by oversupplying or withdrawing oil supplies from the market. As a result of the crude oil export ban, U.S. refineries have access to domestic crude, which is cheaper than oil sourced overseas. This caused a loss of market share for OPEC nations like Saudi Arabia, which flooded the world market with oil in an attempt to lower oil prices and make it unprofitable for U.S. producers to drill for oil.

The oversupply of crude in the world market impacted the international, or Brent, crude oil price, and it is this price that determines the price of oil products like gasoline. U.S. consumers are enjoying the lowest price gasoline in years because of the crude oil export ban. If this ban is lifted, U.S. crude oil prices would be subject to the market actions of OPEC nations and world political, economic and weather events that cause the price of crude to soar and gasoline prices to rise.

Job loss in the U.S. refining sector and all the jobs dependent on it would result from the lifting of the crude oil export ban. The ban has allowed U.S. refineries to compete against foreign competitors with lower labor, environmental and safety standards. Lift the ban and the cost of crude oil rises for U.S. refineries, thrusting them into direct competition with refineries in China and India. The end result is the shutdown of refineries and loss of U.S. jobs.

“Our refineries in Philadelphia and Trainer, Pa., almost shut down in 2011 because they could not afford the oil sourced overseas and compete with oil product imports from foreign refineries that did not have to adhere to environmental standards, safety regulations and family-supporting wages and benefits,” said USW International Vice President Gary Beevers.

“The USW, along with business leaders and elected officials, saved those refineries because of the U.S. crude oil export ban. U.S. oil production grew, and these refineries could source this low-cost supply and compete internationally. As a result, over 36,000 direct and indirect jobs and $566 million in tax revenue were saved,” Beevers added.

The majority of Americans want U.S. crude oil to be used for U.S. refineries and not exported overseas. A Hart Research public opinion poll in December of 2014 revealed that a vast majority (82 percent) of voters, regardless of political affiliation, oppose allowing oil and gas companies to export more U.S. oil and gas to foreign nations. This result is bolstered by other polls.

“These polls also revealed that voters are unlikely to support representatives and senators for re-election if they lift the U.S. crude oil export ban,” Gerard said.

To date, more than 100,000 letters have been sent to Congress, urging representatives and senators to not lift the ban.

“The people have spoken, and now it is time for Congress to listen to their constituents,” Gerard said.

The USW is the largest private-sector union in North America, representing 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, energy, chemicals, transportation, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments.

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10 reasons to support the crude oil export ban https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/10-reasons-to-support-the-crude-oil-export-ban Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/10-reasons-to-support-the-crude-oil-export-ban Sign our petition urging congress not to lift the Crude Oil Export Ban.

  1. Gasoline prices will go up for Americans if the export ban is lifted.
    Lifting the crude oil export ban will raise crude prices to the global level, as a recent study found U.S. gasoline has been substantially discounted because of domestic crude oil being kept in America.

    via GIPHY 
    *http://crudecoalition.org/further-proof-exports-will-raise-prices-on-americans/  

  2. Oil prices are significantly controlled by an international cartel called Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
    OPEC has used crude as an economic weapon. They started the oil embargo causing lines at gas stations in the 1970’s and when OPEC chose to maintain production levels of crude oil, prices fell by 60%. Lifting the crude oil export ban will put OPEC in the driver’s seat for U.S. oil security.

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    *http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/330.htm 

  3. The oil export ban is fostering U.S. investment in domestic manufacturing.
    Recent articles highlight that the U.S. chemical industry is investing $15 billion in new manufacturing facilities. Lifting the crude oil export ban threatens those jobs as companies search for low cost labor and environmental standards.

    via GIPHY 
    *http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-30/how-cheap-oil-is-fueling-a-surge-in-new-factories 

  4. U.S. refinery jobs will be in jeopardy if the export ban is lifted.
    Refinery jobs with good union benefits would be sent overseas as crude oil goes to China and other countries where refineries don’t have the same pollution controls ours do.


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    *http://www.usw.org/members/forms/crude-oil-export-ban

  5. The U.S. will be more reliant of foreign crude oil.
    The U.S. is still not self-sufficient in oil production. Every barrel of oil we send overseas will mean another barrel of oil being brought in from overseas.

    via GIPHY
    *https://alliedprogress.org/research/fact-sheet-we-cant-afford-to-repeal-the-crude-oil-export-ban/ 

  6. The fatality and injury rate in the US oil and gas industry is already unacceptably high – lifting the export ban will put more workers at risk unless safety regulations are improved.
    Between 2003 and 2013 almost 1,200 workers were killed on the job. Data is limited but during the past five years reported fatality rates in oil and gas extraction are five to seven times the national fatality rate.


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    *http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Job-Safety/Death-on-the-Job-Report  

  7. Lifting the crude oil export ban will increase carbon pollution and have an effect on climate change.
    Lifting the ban will result in more than 515 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year. That is the equivalent annual emissions of 108 million passenger cars.

    via GIPHY
    *https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2015/08/21/119756/the-environmental-impacts-of-exporting-more-american-crude-oil/ 

  8. The companies that stand to benefit the most from lifting the crude oil export ban are large integrated oil companies who are already the most profitable in the world.
    Should we really give a break to companies whose total revenue in 2014 was $421.1 billion (Shell), $192.3 billion (Chevron) and $369.4 billion (Exxon)?

    via GIPHY 
    *http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/04/22/10-most-profitable-companies-in-oil.aspx  

  9. The oil and gas extraction industry often buys cheap foreign made steel.
    When oil prices where highest the U.S. steel industry had to file a trade case on the steel pipe that goes into fracking wells because of dumped illegal imports.

    via GIPHY
    *http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/22/us-usa-trade-steel-idUSKBN0GM1HD20140822 

  10. Lifting the crude oil export ban will put another 4,500 railcars per day on our already congested freight rail system.
    Farmers and manufacturers who rely on our national freight rail network will be left in the cold. For example, rail congestion cost North Dakota farmers more than $160 million last year.

    via GIPHY
    *http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/14/us-usa-farms-railroads-analysis-idUSBREA4D0QE20140514 

Sign our petition urging congress not to lift the Crude Oil Export Ban.
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Getting to Know You and Your Health Needs: Audience Survey for Women https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/getting-to-know-you-and-your-health-needs-audience-survey-for-women Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:40:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/getting-to-know-you-and-your-health-needs-audience-survey-for-women Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is conducting a survey for members to assist in tailoring information so they can provide members with health information on a regular basis and deliver it to them via the preferred communication format.

One of CLUWs “Spread the Word” campaign partners, HealthyWomen, will work with CLUW to compile the aggregate survey results and implement an action plan, which will be presented at the CLUW Convention in November.

The short survey (which is going out via “Survey Monkey”) is called Getting to Know You and Your Health Needs: Audience Survey for Women.  You can access it here.

As an incentive to fill out the survey, HealthyWomen will be holding a drawing for a $100 gift card that every woman completing the survey can enter to win.

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USW Cares – District 2 Local 2-585 Continues to Feed the Hungry https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-district-2-local-2-585-continues-to-feed-the-hungry Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:22:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-district-2-local-2-585-continues-to-feed-the-hungry United Steelworkers Local 2-585 out of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is stepping up in their community and making a difference.  unloadingThis is the second year the local has purchased a steer from the Isabella County fair to donate to the Rosebush Emergency Assistance Program and the Isabella County Soup Kitchen.  Through donations by local processor, Grahams Organics, they are able to get the meat processed and packaged for free.  Along with donation over 800 pounds of meat, the local also held a canned food drive, donating over 500 pounds of canned foods. Another example of Steelworkers making a difference for their community.

Pictured below (left-right) President Tom Nartker, Bargaining Committee John Travis (bottom left-right)Chief Steward Bruce Anderson, Bargaining Committee Dale Martinez and Recording Secretary Christa Lee. 

This project is just one of so many USW's amazing members do every day to give back to our communities. If you or your local are doing good things in your community, we want to hear about them. Let us know and share video and photos at www.usw.org/uswcares and use the #USWCares hashtag when you post your stories on social media. Don't forget to shout out @Steelworkers!

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U.S. Department of Commerce announces preliminary dumping margins against Chinese, Brazilian, Portugese, Australian and Indonesian uncoated paper producers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/u-s-department-of-commerce-announces-preliminary-dumping-margins-against-chinese-brazilian-portugese-australian-and-indonesian-uncoated-paper-producers Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:06:55 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/u-s-department-of-commerce-announces-preliminary-dumping-margins-against-chinese-brazilian-portugese-australian-and-indonesian-uncoated-paper-producers CONTACT: Jon Geenen at (412) 562-2440, jgeenen@usw.org

IMPOSES PRELIMINARY TARIFFS TO RESTORE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The United Steelworkers (USW) commended the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) for its preliminary dumping duty determinations against certain uncoated paper imports from China, Brazil, Portugal, Australia and Indonesia.

If confirmed by the process, tariffs will be imposed on imports of certain uncoated paper to offset the impact of the unfair advantage caused by the dumped products. The determination placed dumping margins on uncoated paper ranging to 193.30 percent. For Australia the rate is 40.65 percent; for Brazil, 33.09 percent to 42.42 percent; for China, 97.48 percent to 193.30 percent; for Indonesia, 0 percent to 51.75 percent; and for Portugal, 29.53 percent.

“The dumping margins will help offset unfair and predatory trade practices facing the industry,” said United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard. “Time after time, our competitors have targeted this sector and dumped and subsidized sales into our market. Since 2011, eight mills that manufacture this product have shut down as a result of dumped and subsidized imports. Some 2,500 jobs were lost. This has devastated working families and their communities.

“While these trade cases are vital to helping level the playing field, we also need new trade policies, actively enforced by the government, that do not require injury before relief is provided. Workers are sick and tired of Washington sitting on its hands while China and other countries cheat and target our market.”

As a result of the DOC’s actions, importers of the covered uncoated paper from the subject countries will be required to immediately post a bond or deposit cash in an amount equal to the announced margins pending final resolution of the cases later this year.

“Every exporter from every country will now be facing cash deposit requirements of about 30 percent to over 300 percent so we should see substantial relief in the market,” said USW International Vice President Jon Geenen.

The petitions cover all uncoated paper in sheets, including cut-size and folio, weighing between 40 and 150 gsm, and having a GE brightness level of 85 or higher.

The decision was a result of unfair trade cases filed by the USW and four companies on January 21, 2015 with the (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission. They alleged that certain uncoated paper from the five countries had been dumped into the United States, resulting in injury to the domestic industry and its employees. The petitions also alleged that China and Indonesia subsidized the sale of these products and should be subject to countervailing duties. The four manufacturers are Domtar Corporation, Finch Paper, LLC, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) and P.H. Glatfelter Company.

The decision by the DOC supports the allegations in the petitions that claim that imports from these five countries were dumped. Dumping occurs when a foreign producer sells into the U.S. market for less than the price that a producer charges in its home market or when its U.S. prices are below the cost to make the product.

Today’s decision follows the Commerce Department’s determination on June 22, 2015 that Chinese and Indonesian coated paper producers benefitted from a variety of subsidies and the International Trade Commission’s earlier preliminary decision finding that the domestic industry had been materially injured by imports of the subject paper. Those two countries were the only ones where subsidies were alleged. Commerce found then that China is subsidizing their producers by 5.82 to 126.42 percent, and Indonesia is doing the same, at levels ranging from 43.19 to 131.12 percent.

“Our trade laws are designed to restore fair market conditions,” said Geenen. “China and other countries have been dumping products into our market to steal our jobs. We won’t tolerate unfair foreign trade practices that hurt our families and the businesses in our communities. We will never let up the fight for our members’ jobs. Today’s decisions validate our charges and ensure that our members, who work hard and play by the rules, will continue to earn a decent living.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors.

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USW members learn what it takes to run for political office at training in D.C. https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-members-learn-what-it-takes Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:25:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-members-learn-what-it-takes Five United Steelworker members, along with USW Political Department staffer, Julie Stein, attended an intensive training on how to effectively run a political campaign in Washington, D.C. July 30 – August 2.

The training was four days, with a focus on all things needed to run a campaign for political office. The members – Clint Bryant (D2; Local 9036-3), Brandon Duncan (D8; Local 727), Tyson Geiger (D1; Local 207L), Jay Sexton (D11; Local 105) and Jason Williams (D10; Local 1138) – along with Stein learned about calculating your win number, identifying donors, winning local endorsements, earning great press, along with the importance of hiring experienced staff and motivating volunteers for the campaign team.  Attendees also had access to a resource fair where they could have professional head-shots taken, design a personalized logo and build a campaign website to get up and running.

The training was held by the Political Action Committee, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org), and was designed for those who have aspirations to run for office, or who are spearheading a political campaign.

Stein says the training was highly motivational and was a valuable opportunity for all candidates, regardless of experience level.

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(L-R) Clint Bryant, Brandon Duncan, Julie Stein, Tyson Geiger, Jay Saxon, Jason Williams

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August Edition of the District 2 NEWS https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/august-edition-of-the-district-2-news Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/august-edition-of-the-district-2-news masthead

Please click here to download your August edition of the District 2 NEWS!

To submit an article or picture in future editions, please check the deadline date at the bottom left hand corner of the issue. If you know a member that does not receive our newsletter but would like to be included, please have them send us their name, address, phone number, local union number and, of course, their email address; and we will gladly update our distribution list for the next electronic mailing. This contact information can be sent to Art Kroll, Editor “District 2 NEWS” at d2@usw.org.

 

Michael Bolton,
United Steelworkers, District 2 Director

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Hundreds of Steelworkers come together in solidarity https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/hundreds-of-steelworkers-come-together-in-solidarity Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:37:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/hundreds-of-steelworkers-come-together-in-solidarity Several hundred USW members from different locals and industries came together at the USW headquarters to rally for a fair contract for Steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, who are currently negotiating a new contract with the company after the previous one expired on June 30.

ATI Rally July 30, 2015, Downtown PittsburghThe crowd included workers at ATI from locals in Leechburg, Brackenridge, Washington, Midland and Latrobe, Pa. A number of Boilermakers, Iron Workers, Healthcare Workers and Public Sector Workers were standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters at ATI as well.

Prior to the march to ATI headquarters, USW locals and officers gathered in the courtyard outside USW headquarters, where the crowd heard from a number of speakers, including USW International Vice President Thomas Conway.

“If this company wants to fight, we’re going to show them an old school labor fight,” Conway said to the crowd, which was cheering and holding various signs showing solidarity. “If you’re going to pick a fight with a union, [USW is] the last union you should pick a fight with because we know how to do this.”

For the Steelworkers at ATI, a fair contract is more than just fairness for the employees themselves, but for their families. ATI has proposed a contract that hikes up the premiums of the workers’ insurance, causing potential financial burden, especially for families with children or any individuals who have been diagnosed with illness, disease or disorder.

“I’m not going to be intimidated,” Karl Brendle, member of Local 1138 announced to his brothers and sisters. “It is time that ATI chooses workers and families over corporate greed.”

Hundreds of Steelworkers then took to the streets, marching to ATI Headquarters in PPG Place. On the march along Boulevard of the Allies, a number of supporters were taking pictures and cheering in solidarity. Several local news stations and newspaper reporters were covering the rally, where chants of “What do we want? A fair contract! When do we want it? Now!,” “Stand up! Fight back!,” and “We are ONE!” were shouted by the Steelworkers.

The Steelworkers even saw solidarity from a bus driver who was waiting for the crowd to pass at the intersection of Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street, as she honked several times and waved from the driver’s seat.

Louis A. Bonnoni, President of Local 1138 – 3 & 4 took an unpaid day off to support the Steelworkers battling for a fair contract with ATI, even though he works for Akers National Roll Company in Avonmore, Pa.

“This [rally] means the world to me. Unions help people have fairer jobs, support and healthcare,” Bonnoni said. “USW has taught me to grow in solidarity and support other unions.”

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USW Local 2-20 Next Generation Committee Sponsored a Bike Safety Class for Kids https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-2-20-next-generation-committee-sponsored-a-bike-safety-class-for-kids Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:45:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-2-20-next-generation-committee-sponsored-a-bike-safety-class-for-kids pic1On July 10, USW District 2 and the Next Generation Committee from Local 2–20 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, sponsored a bike safety class for kids, along with the Kaukauna Police Department and the Recyclist Bicycle Co. 

Before beginning their “class”, every child was fitted with a free bike helmet, which was donated by the Steelworkers.

The Kaukauna Police Department set up a course in the parking lot with obstacles consisting of railroad crossings, cars, yield signs, and stop signs. Some of the kids enjoyed themselves so much that they went through the course multiple times.

pic2When the kids were finished with the obstacle course, Local 2-20 had a station set up where they could get some free stickers and bottles of water and Gatorade. The kids also were able to enter a raffle for a chance to win gift certificates good at the Recyclist Bicycle Co. 

This type of event shows that Steelworkers are not only committed to safety in their facilities, but to the people and families in the community as well. 

A  SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED for the great TEAMWORK on making this a successful event: Recyclist Bicycle Co., Kaukauna P.D., Local 2-20, Tyler & Curt Rutten, Jason Wilcox and District 2.

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Just How Radical is Scott Walker? https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/just-how-radical-is-scott-walker Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:05:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/just-how-radical-is-scott-walker Progressive talk show host Ed Schultz is joined by United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard to discuss Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s history of legislating against workers. We are also joined by Ruth Conniff, Editor of the Progressive Magazine, to discuss the radical history of Walker in Wisconsin.

During the interview they discussed how Governor Walker followed other Republican Governors in suppressing voting rights; Wisconsin’s beleaguered job creation numbers that are one of the lowest in America; the damage he has done to the state’s education system that used to be one of the best in the country and his dismal economic record with the exception of tax breaks for corporations and rich people.

 

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July Edition of the District 2 NEWS https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/july-edition-of-the-district-2-news Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:27:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/july-edition-of-the-district-2-news masthead

Please click here to download your July edition of the District 2 NEWS!

To submit an article or picture in future editions, please check the deadline date at the bottom left hand corner of the issue. If you know a member that does not receive our newsletter but would like to be included, please have them send us their name, address, phone number, local union number and, of course, their email address; and we will gladly update our distribution list for the next electronic mailing. This contact information can be sent to Art Kroll, Editor “District 2 NEWS” at d2@usw.org.

 

Michael Bolton,
United Steelworkers, District 2 Director

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ITC must act to stop China’s predatory tire trade practices https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/itc-must-act-to-stop-chinas-predatory-tire-trade-practices Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:22:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/itc-must-act-to-stop-chinas-predatory-tire-trade-practices Courtesy of The Hill

By Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Once again producers and workers making passenger vehicle and light truck tires in America are in danger.  China has targeted the market with millions of dumped and subsidized tire imports that are killing jobs and reducing wages.  They undermine the principles of free trade and free enterprise by ignoring the rules that they promised to uphold.  It’s time for our government to say: enough is enough.

Recently we asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to recognize the injury that the industry and its workers have experienced, along with the injury inflicted on the communities where they work and live.  Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Department of Commerce reaffirmed its view that Chinese tire makers have been dumping and subsidizing sales into our market, with rates ranging from 30 to 169 percent.  Commerce, after a careful investigation of the facts, actually increased the preliminary amount of subsidies and dumping that they had calculated shortly after the cases were filed.  Still, China has decided to build up the size and scope of its industry and ship its unfairly-priced tires here to keep its companies producing and workers employed … more

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