United Steelworkers: District 4 News https://www.usw.org/districts/rss/4 United Steelworkers: District 4 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.

Coming Together in Massena, New York https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/coming-together-in-massena-ny Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:52:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/coming-together-in-massena-ny The community came together in a big way to help save the Alcoa Plant in Massena, New York from closing. Members of the local Teachers Union, the Steelworkers, politicians, and other community leaders all worked together for one goal, with the future of Massena at stake!

USW Cares: A Special Gift of Giving Because “It’s a Good Thing To Do” https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-a-special-gift-of-giving-its-a-good-thing-to-do Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:47:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-a-special-gift-of-giving-its-a-good-thing-to-do On December 18, United Steelworkers from Local Union 9, in Skowhegan were joined by union members from three other local unions at Sappi Fine Paper for the eighth annual food drive. Their job was to pack and load the hundreds of boxes of canned goods, soups, cereals and other food items collected for months and delivered them to food banks across central Maine.

Through raffles and donations, they raised almost $16,000 for the Christmas Dinner Harvest drive. They needed 11 trucks, an 18-foot trailer and a 12-foot trailer to deliver food to 11 community food banks and deliver 100 complete Christmas dinners.

“We’re so glad to be able to help out families in our community,” said USW Local 9 President, Patrick Carleton. “It feels good to help those who may be struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.”

Carleton praised all the incredible union and company workers who worked on this project. They come out here, have a little fun, and help our community.

The 13 members on the Christmas Harvest Drive Committee took some time, after loading up the food, to start planning for next year at their annual meeting.

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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.

USW Cares: District 4 Women of Steel Assist with Operation Bundle Up https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-district-4-women-of-steel-assist-with-operation-bundle-up Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-district-4-women-of-steel-assist-with-operation-bundle-up The Upstate NY Chapter of Women of Steel partnered with the District 4 USW Veterans Council for “Operation Bundle Up!”  Coats and other winter gear were collected from around the Sub-District and on Friday, December 11, 2015, they delivered an overflowing pick-up truck filled all the collected items to the VA Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

This project is just one of so many that the USW's amazing members do every day to give back to our communities. If you or your local is doing good things, we want to hear about it! Please submit a nomination for a Jefferson Awards at usw.org/uswcares. Click Here to share articles, videos and photos with us and don’t forget to use the #USWCares hashtag and give a shoutout to @Steelworkers when you post your stories on social media.

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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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District 4 Conducts Shop Stewards Training in New Hampshire https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-4-conducts-shop-stewards-training-in-new-hampshire Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:26:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-4-conducts-shop-stewards-training-in-new-hampshire On December 4, 2015, seventeen participants attended a District 4 Shop Stewards training in Gorham, NH. Much of the training focused on enforcing the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In most cases, the shop steward is the first line of defense for issues relating to the members.

Shop stewards have the responsibility of interacting with the membership on a daily basis. They are the backbone of the Union. It’s through the steward that the lines of communications flow.

Congratulations to all those who attended.

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USW Cares: District 4 Women of Steel Giving Where the Needs are the Greatest https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-district-4-women-of-steel-giving-where-the-needs-are-the-greatest Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:48:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-district-4-women-of-steel-giving-where-the-needs-are-the-greatest img7USW Women of Steel (WOS) Western New York Council in District 4 discovered a way to meet the needs of those who need it most and show they care.

Deb Mancini from USW Local 135L came up with the idea after finding a similar story while scanning the Internet and thought it would be a project for their council.

“With all the manufacturing leaving this area and people out of work,” said Mancini, “we are finding more and more of a need.”

img9Teaming up with the Amherst Senior Center Knitting Club in Buffalo, who made most the scarves, members of the council tied them to trees, bushes and poles in an area where the needy visit.

Council Chair Cindy Marlow, from USW Local 3609, pointed out “You have to go where the need is greatest.”

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. Click Here to share video and photos with us and don’t forget to use the #USWCares hashtag when you post your stories on social media. If you or your local is doing this kind of work, please submit a nomination for a Jefferson Awards at usw.org/uswcares. Don't forget to shout out @Steelworkers!

B&H Photo Warehouse Employees Vote to Join USW Union https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/bh-photo-warehouse-employees-vote-to-join-usw-union Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:27:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/bh-photo-warehouse-employees-vote-to-join-usw-union Contact: David Wasiura :(716) 565-1720, dwaisura@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – Today, workers at two B&H warehouses in Bushwick and in the Brooklyn Navy Yard voted by a 200-to-88 margin for representation by the United Steelworkers (USW) union. Workers had complained that they had been forced to work long hours in unsafe environments without proper training, while subject to discrimination.

“It was obvious that employees at B&H needed collective bargaining representation in order to address dangerous working conditions and discrimination in their workplace,” said USW District 4 Director John Shinn. “It was something that the company was otherwise unwilling to do.”

In early October, USW union representatives delivered a letter addressed to the company’s owner, Herman Schreiber, and its chief executive officer and president, Sam Goldstein, asking to be acknowledged as the “sole and exclusive bargaining representative of the employees.”

Another letter was delivered to the company asking that it act on complaints that employees had been subject to discrimination because they are Hispanic and had been pressured by managers to sign English-language forms releasing the company from medical claims. In addition, the letter said that employees had been forced to work long hours in warehouses where emergency exits were blocked and noxious dust appeared to cause rashes and nosebleeds.

Labor problems were not new at B&H. In 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that the company had agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a discrimination case stemming from claims that the company paid Hispanic employees in its warehouses less than other workers and failed to provide them with health benefits.

The company ran an aggressive anti-union campaign prior to the vote. Critical to the success of the organizing effort was the participation of Laundry Workers Center United, a community- based organization in the New York City area.

The workers received additional support on Oct. 22, when a coalition of photography and video professionals launched an open letter to B&H management, calling on the company to end the hazardous working conditions and discriminatory practices. They also called on the company to negotiate a fair labor contract. Within a week more than 1,000 signatures from artists, journalists, gallerists, educators, students and photo technicians were obtained.

“We welcome the workers at B&H to the USW and look forward to addressing their concerns with the company at the bargaining table,” said Shinn.

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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District 4 Ghouls, Goblins and GOTV https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-4-ghouls-goblins-and-gotv Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:56:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-4-ghouls-goblins-and-gotv On October 27, the Greater Syracuse Labor Council held its annual GOTV community meet and greet Halloween party in Syracuse, NY. The event allows endorsed candidates to come in and meet the parents/members who bring their children for a Halloween Party (food, games and treats.) It’s a continuing effort to drive up the GOTV numbers on Election Day for our endorsed candidates.

USW District 4 WOS, Next Gen and SOAR CNY chapters teamed up and participated in the event providing treats and information on the USW community services and GOTV activities.

USW Cares: USW Local 6992 Members Show They Care https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-6992-members-show-they-care Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:51:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-6992-members-show-they-care Since August 15 2015, 172 fellow USW District 4 brothers and sisters have been locked out by their employer Allegheny Technologies (ATI).

On October 20, at our general membership meeting, a motion to donate $17,200 towards the three ATI local unions in District 4 was proposed and approved by the membership.

On October 28 the check was handed over to the USW District 4 by President of Local 6992 Gary Guralny.

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This is just one of so many ways that USW's amazing members others. 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!

United Steelworkers Respond to ATI’s Third Quarter Earnings Call https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/united-steelworkers-respond-to-atis-third-quarter-earnings-call Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:10:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/united-steelworkers-respond-to-atis-third-quarter-earnings-call Contact: Jess Kamm, 412-562-2446,       jkamm@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) conducted its third quarter earnings conference call with its investors and analysts on Oct. 20. ATI unlawfully locked out 2,200 skilled and dedicated employees represented by the USW on August 15. Even though it concedes that it lost $145 million in the third quarter, ATI claimed that during the illegal lockout, while its mills are being operated by salaried and temporary workers, “these facilities are meeting and in many cases exceeding output, quality, and safety expectations.” These comments seem inconsistent with production levels we are witnessing at the facilities.

“ATI is trying to paint a rosy picture,” said USW Vice President Tom Conway, “but all indications suggest a company that is limping along without its skilled work force. The earnings report is again bleak, and reports from the picket line suggest that the ‘expectations’ the facilities are meeting must have been low for the company to be exceeding them. If the company wants to again return to profitability, it must abandon this ill-advised lockout, so its dedicated workers can return to their jobs and provide the needed expertise.”

Picketers see reduced output

Significantly, ATI has not disclosed detailed production data since the beginning of the illegal lockout.  Picketers at each location who are monitoring the facilities 24-hours a day are reporting shipments of finished products leaving the facilities at a fraction of normal levels. These observations suggest that the company may be filling customer orders with metal stockpiled before the August 15 start of the lockout. It is unclear how long those reserves will last.

As for its quality management system, ATI locked out its skilled workers who are familiar with the facilities, replacing them with temporary replacement workers. Ambulances have been sighted numerous times at the locked out facilities including those in Brackenridge and Midland Pa., Louisville, Ohio, and New Bedford, Mass.

A chemical spill at the company’s facility in Vandergrift, Pa., also prompted an investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

ATI rebuffs money-saving offer

ATI reported a net loss of $145 million for the third quarter and $16.4 million for the second quarter. The USW understands that the market is challenging. The union put forward proposals that would save ATI significant sums over the term of the contract and offered to stay on the job while negotiations continued. Instead of continuing to negotiate, ATI’s management team has consistently rebuffed the offer.

ATI has reportedly dedicated tens of millions of dollars to contingency plans related to the illegal lockout and is offering inexperienced replacement workers as much as $150,000 per year—well beyond what ATI pays USW members.

Furthermore, if the union’s unfair labor practice charges are upheld, and the lockout is found to be unlawful, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could order ATI to compensate 2,200 workers for the time they were locked out of their jobs. 

It is time for the company to stop compounding losses, end the lockout and bargain a fair contract.

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, including 2,200 members at 12 ATI locations. For more information: www.usw.org and www.usw.org/act/campaigns/ati-bargaining.

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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USW Cares: United Way Benefits Thanks to USW and SOAR Members IN District 4 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-united-way-benefits-thanks-to-usw-and-soar-members-in-district-4 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:17:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-united-way-benefits-thanks-to-usw-and-soar-members-in-district-4 UW1Each year, the United Way in Syracuse NY holds an annual community fund raiser cook-off where various businesses and organizations volunteer to participant in a cook off helping in raising money for the United Way yearly kick off.

This year on September 11, the United Steelworkers District 4 Central New York Women of Steel Committee, the Next Gen Council and SOAR Chapter teamed up at a local baseball stadium in Syracuse to cook and serve over 800 individuals who donated $5 each to the United Way.

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!




District 4 WOS Level 2 Leadership Training https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-4-wos-level-2-leadership-training Mon, 21 Sep 2015 05:57:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-4-wos-level-2-leadership-training aa_IHG4886

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.

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.

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  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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  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.

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  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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  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.

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  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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  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.

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  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)?

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  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.

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  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.

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Sign our petition urging congress not to lift the Crude Oil Export Ban.
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.

Labor Vets Asked to Join Union Veterans Council at the New York City Labor Day Parade https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/labor-vets-asked-to-join-union-veterans-council-at-the-new-york-city-labor-day-parade Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/labor-vets-asked-to-join-union-veterans-council-at-the-new-york-city-labor-day-parade The Union Veterans Council will be marching in this year's New York City Labor Day Parade. They are encouraging union members to join them!

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The Union Veterans Council brings union members who are veterans together to speak out on the issues that impact veterans most, especially the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA.

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The parade is on Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 AM. They will be rendezvousing on 44th Street, between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, at 9:30 AM. The Union Veterans Council will be towards the start of the parade, so members will be able to march with them and then again with your local union.

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Executive Director Will Fischer mentioned that in addition to carrying our Union Veterans Council banner, if union members have something you could wear to highlight your service (utilities, t-shirt, cover, et cetera), I'd encourage you to wear it. 

At the Union Veterans Council, we fight every day for those who have fought for us. 

2015 USW District 4 Conference Photos https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/2015-usw-district-4-conference-photos Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:13:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/2015-usw-district-4-conference-photos Amazing speakers, awards and solidarity through fellowship were highlights of the 2015 District 4 Conference held in Atlantic City from August 18 – 21.

The photos below represent the picture galleries for each day of the event. Click on the photo to see the gallery of photos for that day.

Day 1
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Day 3
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 To Download a Photo from Flickr

  • Go to the album you wish to download a picture from,
  • Click on the picture,
  • Near the bottom right of the page, click on the icon that looks like an arrow pointing down and a pop up box will appear.
  • Click on the size of photo you wish to download. The larger the number, the higher the resolution.
  • Save the file to your hard drive.
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


(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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Day one of the District 4 conference https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/day-one-of-the-district-4-conference Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/day-one-of-the-district-4-conference The District 4 conference kciked off yesterday in Atlantic City, NJ, with some amazing speakers and awards presented to the district's best activists. Check out the slideshow for some pictures from the day.


USW Local 8566 Member Rides in Honor of Past Member https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-8566-member-rides-in-honor-of Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-8566-member-rides-in-honor-of On July 11, United Steelworker member Dave Lonergan, from Local 8566 in Sanbornton, NH, participated in the biggest charity fundraiser in northern New England, the 34th annual Prouty bike ride.

Over 4,500 people from more than 30 states come together in Hanover, NH to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The event benefits cancer research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The union donation was made in honor of Linda Wagner who was a long time member of Local 8566 and who passed away in 2014. This is the second ride Dave has done the ride in her name. This year, he raised over $5,000.00.

Dave Lonergan