United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed 2022-11-11 08:35:30 -0600 AMPS en hourly 1 USW Marks Veterans Day, Joins National Flag Foundation in ‘Light to Unite’ https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-veterans-day-joins-national-flag-foundation-in-light-to-unite Fri, 11 Nov 2022 08:35:30 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-veterans-day-joins-national-flag-foundation-in-light-to-unite Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org  

(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day:

“As we mark Veterans Day, the USW is proud to honor the generations of veterans who served our nation and made the world safer through their dedication and sacrifice.

“Thousands of USW members served or are serving in the military. Today and every day, we’re grateful for their hard work and commitment.

“This year, our union is partnering with the National Flag Foundation to commemorate Veterans Day, lighting up our International Headquarters alongside organizations across the country in honor of our military heroes.  

“All veterans deserve our ongoing support, and as union members, we remain committed to ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed both in their workplaces and their communities.”

Note: The USW International Headquarters is located at 60 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Lighting will begin at 5:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Photo opportunities will be available.

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

 

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Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement on Four-Year Contract with U.S. Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-with-u-s-steel Tue, 08 Nov 2022 14:02:25 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-with-u-s-steel Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

PITTSBURGH — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract on behalf of roughly 13,000 members of 13 local unions at U.S. Steel facilities featuring major economic and contract language improvements.  

USW District 7 Director Michael Millsap, who chaired the negotiations, said that the bargaining committee unanimously recommended the tentative agreement for ratification and thanked union members for standing together in solidarity for a fair contract.

“Simply put, these essential workers have earned and deserve a fair contract at U.S. Steel,” Millsap said. “The proposed agreement provides important economic and contract language improvements that will improve working conditions along with the standard of living for USW members and their families.”

USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who served as negotiating committee secretary, said the tentative agreement features a lump sum bonus, improves wages, increases pensions, includes an additional holiday and bolsters existing health insurance provisions for workers and retirees without premiums.

“Steelworkers will be safer at work and their jobs and benefits more secure under the tentative agreement,” Flippo said. “Our members have faced challenges in the past and know what it takes to lead the industry through its up and down cycles.”

Members of the negotiating committee are now traveling home and will provide more details in the coming days, including a timetable for ratification.

The USW (on the web at http://www.usw.org) represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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NLRB to Prosecute Braeburn Alloy Steel over Unfair Labor Practices https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/nlrb-to-prosecute-braeburn-alloy-steel-over-unfair-labor-practices Fri, 14 Oct 2022 15:12:28 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/nlrb-to-prosecute-braeburn-alloy-steel-over-unfair-labor-practices Contact: Tony Montana (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that Region 6 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against Braeburn Alloy Steel and its parent company, G.O. Carlson, for failing to recognize the union and refusing to bargain over working conditions for the company’s employees at the Lower Burrell facility.

USW Local 1324 represents about 30 workers at the Braeburn plant, which was acquired earlier this year by a subsidiary of G.O. Carlson through the bankruptcy process. When it took over operations, Braeburn hired all of the union-represented workers at the plant, but it refused to sit down with their chosen representative.

USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall urged the company to obey the law, respect its employees and negotiate in good faith with the union for a fair contract.

“The NLRB complaint makes clear that the company’s schemes have prevented us from having a collective bargaining relationship since the ownership change,” Hall said. “If we cannot convince Braeburn to engage in collective bargaining, management must be held accountable for breaking the law.”

In its complaint released today, the NLRB set a hearing for Sept. 18, 2023, when an administrative law judge will hear the case against Braeburn Alloy Steel.

“All work has dignity, and the employees who made Braeburn Alloy Steel an attractive investment deserve a fair contract with union-negotiated pay and benefits as they remain loyal to their jobs,” Hall said. “We hope an administrative law judge and the NLRB can help management connect the dots.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in tech, higher education, public sector and service occupations.

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Steelworkers Ratify Historic Agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-historic-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-steel Wed, 12 Oct 2022 13:29:40 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-historic-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-steel Contact: Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new, four-year contract covering roughly 12,000 members at thirteen Cleveland-Cliffs Steel locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Minnesota.

USW International Vice President (Administration) David McCall, who chaired the negotiations, said that union members won major wage and benefit improvements through hard work and solidarity.

“Throughout the pandemic and every other challenge that faces the industry, Steelworkers perform the work essential to keep our plants running safely and productively,” McCall said. “Thanks to the solidarity of USW members, activists and local union leaders, our work will be safer and pay more without sacrificing security of our jobs.”

The new contract raises base wages by 20 percent, improves insurance benefits for active and retired workers, increases pensions, improves vacation provisions, an additional holiday and includes new provisions of parental paid leave and for employees who are victims of domestic violence.

“Our negotiating committee is proud that we won a fair contract that improves the standard of living for thousands of USW members and their families now and in the future,” said International President Tom Conway. “Cliffs’ commitment to lead the steel industry and partner with the USW includes a plan to invest $4 billion in its USW facilities during the contract term that will improve production, create sustainable jobs for future generations of Steelworkers and ensure success for the company.”

The USW (on the web at www.usw.org) represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, service, tech and academic occupations.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Steelworkers Sing to Support Adjunct Professors at Point Park University https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-sing-to-support-adjunct-professors-at-point-park-university Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:54:08 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-sing-to-support-adjunct-professors-at-point-park-university Contact: Tony Montana at (412) 562-2592; tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that a delegation of activists from its Leadership-Scholarship program will bring attention to ongoing, contentious negotiations between the administration of Point Park University and USW Local 1088, which represents the school’s part-time faculty.

Program participants from a wide range of USW-represented workplaces throughout North America will sing songs with lyrics they composed about the value of the adjunct faculty’s work for PPU at Village Park at the corner of Wood St. and the Boulevard of the Allies. The activists will distribute stickers and leaflets directing supporters to a petition calling on the administration to negotiate in good faith.

Point Park University has increased its tuition 48 percent over the past ten years, while instructional costs have actually declined with inflation. Part-time professors teach about half of the classes, yet make up 70 percent of the faculty and sometimes work up to four different jobs in order to make a living wage.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews

WHO:  USW activists, staff, members and leaders; Point Park University faculty

WHAT:  Marching and singing to support a fair contract for USW Local 1088

WHEN:  11:30 a.m. - Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

WHERE:  Village Park – corner of Wood St. and the Boulevard of the Allies.

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WestRock Illegally Locks Out Union Workers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/westrock-illegally-locks-out-union-workers Thu, 06 Oct 2022 08:33:40 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/westrock-illegally-locks-out-union-workers Contact: Dave Trostle at dtrostle@usw.org or 205-631-0137; Tony Montana at tmontana@usw.org or 412-562-2592

The United Steelworkers (USW) said that approximately 480 members of its local unions 971, 1471 and 1972 were locked out of their jobs by management at WestRock’s Mahrt Mill on Thursday after management’s persistent refusal during months of negotiations to bargain in good faith for a fair contract.

WestRock management turned away workers from their jobs when they reported for their scheduled shifts on Thursday, initiating the labor dispute against its own employees.

“In its drive to force workers into overtime without fair compensation for time spent away from their families, WestRock has shown that it is willing to break federal labor laws,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo. “The essential, experienced union workforce that kept the mill running through the pandemic cannot be treated as expendable, and the USW will follow up with the National Labor Relations Board.”

Flippo called on the company to stop trying to bully union workers into accepting the company’s unfair demands and negotiate in good faith for a fair contract.

“WestRock must be made accountable for its decision to hold hostage our jobs, families and community over issues that should be resolved through collective bargaining,” Flippo said. “Management needs to end this lockout immediately, return these workers to their jobs and commit to resolving our differences at the table to ensure our members have a proper work-life balance. All workers deserve this.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW: NLRB Issues Broad Complaint against ExxonMobil for Beaumont Lockout https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-nlrb-issues-broad-complaint-against-exxonmobil-for-beaumont-lockout Tue, 04 Oct 2022 14:29:26 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-nlrb-issues-broad-complaint-against-exxonmobil-for-beaumont-lockout Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org  

The United Steelworkers union (USW) applauded the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s Oct. 3 decision to issue a complaint against ExxonMobil for unfair labor practices. This includes allegations that its 10-month lockout of workers at its Beaumont, Texas refinery and blending and packaging plant was “unlawful.”

The NLRB is seeking backpay among other remedies.

“USW members understood all along that Exxon’s lockout was nothing but an illegal attempt to decertify the union and break our collective strength,” said USW District 13 Director Larry Burchfield.

Exxon locked out more than 650 members of USW Local 13-243 in May 2021 and did not allow them to return to work until March 2022. During this time, it aggressively and unlawfully assisted a decertification effort, the complaint alleges, telling workers they could return to their jobs if they voted against the union.

“We appreciate that the NLRB’s general counsel is moving forward with the process of holding ExxonMobil accountable for its actions,” Burchfield said. “The company tried to wear us down, but our members’ strength and solidarity won out.”

A hearing before an NLRB administrative law judge is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, 2023, in Houston.

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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Steelworkers Ratify Contracts at Cleveland-Cliffs’ Mines https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-contracts-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:34:37 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-contracts-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Contact:  Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new, four-year contract covering roughly 2,000 members of four local unions at Cleveland-Cliffs’ mines in Minnesota and Michigan.

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, who chaired the negotiations, said the four-year contract features significant wage and benefit improvements, as well as Cliffs’ commitment to invest in the future of the USW represented facilities.

“Our work will be more prosperous and our jobs more secure with the new contract in place,” Ramirez said. “Out contract ensures that the standard of living for USW members, our families and communities will continue to improve.

Separately, about 12,000 USW members at thirteen Cliffs’ steel facilities currently are voting on a four-year tentative agreement. The USW will complete the ratification procedure on Oct. 12, 2022, when local union election tellers will travel to Pittsburgh to count ballots. 

The USW (on the web at http://www.usw.org) represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, service, tech and academic occupations.

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Bobcat Workers Win USW Representation in Bismarck https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/bobcat-workers-win-usw-representation-in-bismarck Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:47:49 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/bobcat-workers-win-usw-representation-in-bismarck Contact: Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers at Bobcat's Bismarck, N.D., manufacturing facility voted in favor of union representation in a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez said the 700 Bobcat employees in Bismarck recognize that a strong union provides everyone with a voice on the job and empowers individual employees, who became closer as a group while organizing, to speak up.

"As employers continue to urge more and faster production, it is absolutely essential for workers to have a say on issues that could impact their occupational health and safety," Ramirez said. "Fair pay and benefits will help retain loyal, experienced workers, and ensuring adequate staffing numbers will keep the plant running as safely and efficiently as possible."

"Bobcat workers deserve a fair union contract that provides fair pay and promotes a healthy work-life balance with limits on mandatory overtime and provisions for paid-time-off," said Bobcat employee Jacob Klein. "We are proud to join the United Steelworkers and look forward to the next step of the process - working together to negotiate a fair first collective bargaining agreement."

The USW will next reach out to Bobcat management to schedule dates for negotiations. 

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, service, tech and academic occupations.

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USW Blasts Republican Opposition to TAA, Calls on Congress to Prioritize Working Families in Continuing Resolution https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-blasts-republican-opposition-to-taa-calls-on-congress-to-prioritize-working-families-in-continuing-resolution Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:21:08 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-blasts-republican-opposition-to-taa-calls-on-congress-to-prioritize-working-families-in-continuing-resolution Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org 

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today condemning Republican blockage of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and other worker-friendly measures from upcoming appropriations legislation:

“Tens of thousands of USW members work in industries that are vulnerable to unfair trade, and for decades, they and other workers relied on the Trade Adjustment Assistance program to help them reskill and establish new careers when unfair trade killed their jobs.

“The USW began sounding the alarm more than a year ago when it became clear that a number of congressional Republicans intended to block reauthorization of this vital program, which will fully expire at the end of this month.

“Since then, Congress missed a series of opportunities to reauthorize TAA as a result of Republican obstruction, and Republicans are now yet again standing in the way of helping working families by blocking job training funds that should be going to their own states. 

“The U.S. government collects tens of billions of dollars in duties, taxes, and fees from imports. When TAA costs only a tiny fraction of that amount, it’s unconscionable that any elected leader would attempt to derail a well-established and highly efficient opportunity to retrain displaced workers.

“Unfortunately, this stance on TAA is part of a larger pattern of Republicans blocking measures that would help workers on trade.

“Some have tried to roll back Section 301 and 232 tariffs that protect jobs in our key industries. Others have voted against closing loopholes in our existing trade rules. And Senate Republicans blocked important, new legislation, the Leveling the Playing Field Act 2.0, that would have improved our defense against illegal trade practices.

“Republicans like to talk tough, but their failure to follow through leaves workers holding the bag when they lose their jobs due to unfair trade. Now with the continuing resolution, it’s past time to take decisive action to help working families.” 

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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Steelworkers, AFL-CIO File Petition on Worker Abuse at Mexico Glass Plant https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-afl-cio-file-petition-on-worker-abuse-at-mexico-glass-plant Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:07:50 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-afl-cio-file-petition-on-worker-abuse-at-mexico-glass-plant Contact: Ben Davis, (412) 562-2501, bdavis@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today joined the AFL-CIO and the Independent Union of Free and Democratic Workers of Saint Gobain Mexico to file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging multiple violations of worker’s rights at the company’s glass plant in Cuautla, Mexico.

Workers at the plant will vote tomorrow and Thursday to choose representation by either the independent union or the Confederation of Workers and Campesinos (CTC), which held the contract until workers voted it down on July 5 and 6.

The petition, filed under the Rapid Response Mechanism of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), alleges that the company has allowed the CTC to intimidate and threaten workers to influence their votes.

“We hope the Mexican authorities will be vigilant in this week’s election and will investigate the Saint Gobain workers’ reports of intimidation in the workplace,” said USW International Affairs Director Ben Davis.

The Rapid Response Mechanism was one of several worker-friendly reforms that Democrats in Congress demanded when the failed NAFTA agreement was scrapped in 2018 and ultimately replaced with the USMCA. The new trade agreement took effect in 2020.

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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Workers at Diversified Gas and Oil Vote to Join USW https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/workers-at-diversified-gas-and-oil-vote-to-join-usw Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:34:52 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/workers-at-diversified-gas-and-oil-vote-to-join-usw Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org   
 
(Buckhannon, W.Va.) – Workers at Diversified Gas and Oil’s Buckhannon W.Va., facility last week voted by more than a 2-1 margin to join the United Steelworkers union (USW).
 
USW District 8 Director Larry Ray said the roughly 70 workers are seeking a seat at the table when it comes to wages and working conditions, including workplace health and safety.
 
“Workers at Diversified are an essential part of helping our nation meet its energy needs,” Ray said. “We are happy to welcome them into our union family so they can begin negotiating the fair contract they deserve.”
 
Ray praised workers for persevering in their efforts to organize a union at their facility.
 
“It’s unfortunate that the USW was forced to file objections regarding management’s conduct during the first vote earlier this year,” Ray said. “But workers remained committed to exercising their right to a free and fair union election – and ultimately they were successful.”
 
The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.
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USW Thanks White House National Climate Advisor and Longtime Labor Ally Gina McCarthy For Decades of Friendship https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-thanks-white-house-national-climate-advisor-and-longtime-labor-ally-gina-mccarthy-for-decades-of-friendship Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:08:34 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-thanks-white-house-national-climate-advisor-and-longtime-labor-ally-gina-mccarthy-for-decades-of-friendship Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers International President Tom Conway issued the following statement in response to White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy’s announcement that she will be stepping down:

“The USW wishes Gina McCarthy nothing but the best as she embarks on this new chapter.

“Gina spent her career advocating for sound environmental policies that also prioritize workers and their jobs – balancing regulation with the equally urgent need to keep manufacturing facilities open and maintain a firm industrial base in the United States.

“Her tireless work in the Obama and Biden administrations, as well as head of the National Resources Defense Council and a BlueGreen Alliance board member, helped countless workers and their communities address today’s concerns and prepare for a brighter future.

“As we look to both improve U.S. competitiveness and address climate change, we thank Gina for setting a strong example and reminding us of what we can achieve when we work together.” 

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

 

 

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USW honra el pasado, mira hacia el futuro durante el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honra-el-pasado-mira-hacia-el-futuro-durante-el-mes-nacional-de-la-herencia-hispana Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:01:33 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honra-el-pasado-mira-hacia-el-futuro-durante-el-mes-nacional-de-la-herencia-hispana Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, 412-212-8173

El Sindicato United Steelworkers (USW) publicó el siguiente mensaje en honor al Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, que se lleva acabo cada año del 15 de Septiembre al 15 de Octubre:

“Los trabajadores Hispanos tienen una historia larga y de suma importancia en los Estados Unidos que muchas veces es pasada por alto. Este Mes de la Herencia Hispana estamos orgullosos de reconocer sus contribuciones y comprometernos nuevamente con la lucha por los derechos de todos los trabajadores.

“Desde César Chávez y Dolores Huerta a Louisa Moreno y Emma Tenayuca, los activistas Hispanos han reformado panorama laboral y sobrepasado obstáculos inmensos para mejorar las condiciones de vida y laborales de todos. Somos una nación mejor y un movimiento más fuerte por esto, y debemos hacer todo en nuestro poder para asegurarnos de que todos los trabajadores sean tratados con respeto y dignidad.

“El USW continuará asociándose con organizaciones e instituciones que trabajan para mejorar las oportunidades de empleo de las comunidades Hispanas, así como continuar empujando el PRO Act, que ayudaría a proveer protecciones a los inmigrantes y otros trabajadores que han sido marginados históricamente.  

“Nuestro Sindicato está comprometido con mejorar el acceso al lenguaje en nuestros materiales educativos para acomodar las distintas necesidades de nuestros trabajadores y sus orígenes diversos, que siempre han hecho a nuestro movimiento uno más fuerte y vibrante.

“Asegurar que todos los trabajadores tengan la voz que merecen en la mesa es una lucha noble y uno puede ganar si lo hacemos unidos. Como escribió Sergio Ortega, ‘el pueblo unido jamás será vencido’”.

El USW representa 850,000 trabajadores en las industrias de metal, mineras, papel, goma, cristal, químicos, automovilísticas y productoras de energía, así como un creciente número de trabajadores en los sectores públicos, del cuidado de la salud, educación, tecnología y ocupaciones de servicio.

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USW honors past, looks to future this National Hispanic Heritage Month https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honors-past-looks-to-future-this-national-hispanic-heritage-month Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:00:16 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honors-past-looks-to-future-this-national-hispanic-heritage-month Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, 412-212-8173

The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place each Sept. 15-Oct. 15:

“Hispanic workers have a long, vital history in the United States that is often overlooked. This Hispanic Heritage Month, we are proud to recognize their many contributions and recommit to the fight for workers’ rights for all.

“From César Chávez and Dolores Huerta to Louisa Moreno and Emma Tenayuca, Hispanic activists and leaders have reshaped the landscape of labor and overcome great challenges to improve working and living conditions for everyone. We are a better nation and stronger movement because of this, and we must do everything in our power to ensure all workers are treated with respect and dignity.

“The USW will continue partnering with organizations and institutions that work to improve employment opportunities for Hispanic communities and as well as pushing for the PRO Act, which would help provide protections for immigrants and other workers who have been historically marginalized.

“Our union is also committed to improving language access in our educational materials to accommodate workers’ diverse needs and varying backgrounds, which have always made our movement stronger and more vibrant.

“Ensuring all workers have the voice at the table they deserve is a noble fight and one we can win if we do it together. As Sergio Ortega wrote, ‘el pueblo unido jamás será vencido’ – the people united will never be defeated.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement on Four-Year Contract at Cleveland-Cliffs’ Mines https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Fri, 09 Sep 2022 12:58:42 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract on behalf of roughly 2,000 members of four local unions at Cleveland-Cliffs’ mines in Minnesota and Michigan.  

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, who chaired the negotiations, thanked union members for working throughout the pandemic and standing together in solidarity for a fair contract.

“Mining and processing iron ore is the first step in making steel, and these essential workers have earned and deserve a fair contract,” Ramirez said. “The proposed agreement provides important economic and contract language improvements that will improve working conditions along with the standard of living for USW members and their families.”

The tentative agreement improves current wages, bolsters existing health insurance provisions for workers and retirees without increasing costs and includes a commitment for Cliffs to reinvest in the USW represented facilities over its term.

“Steelworkers will be safer at work and their jobs and benefits more secure under the tentative agreement,” Ramirez said. “Cliffs has committed to a plan to invest in its USW facilities that will enable future generations of USW members to support their families and sustain their communities.”

“Our members have faced challenges in the past and know what it takes to lead the industry through its up and down cycles,” Ramirez said. “We will face the challenges ahead with confidence knowing our plants run best when management and our union work together to solve problems for the benefit of everyone.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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USW: Labor Movement Will Continue as a Force for Good for Generations https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-labor-movement-will-continue-as-a-force-for-good-for-generations Mon, 05 Sep 2022 12:28:20 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-labor-movement-will-continue-as-a-force-for-good-for-generations Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, (412) 562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

The United Steelworkers union (USW) released the following statement today from USW International President Tom Conway in honor of the Labor Day holiday.

“This Labor Day, as we pause to honor workers and celebrate the dignity of work, we remember how far we have come and rededicate ourselves to the fight for fairness for working people.

“For generations, the labor movement has led the way in helping working families achieve the American Dream. At the bargaining table, in our communities, and in our halls of government, we make sure workers are safe, that they earn fair wages, that they have time with their loved ones, that they have affordable health care, and that when their work is done they can retire with dignity.

 “American workers are hungry for unions, and we must be there for them. Workers are organizing in huge numbers, but they still face greedy employers and politicians who fight them every step of the way.

“That’s why we owe it to them to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and other worker protections, so every worker who wants to be a union member can do so without intimidation and interference.

“That’s also why the USW is proud to welcome President Joe Biden to Pittsburgh today to celebrate alongside the working people who built – and continue to build – this country.

“We partnered with this administration and with this Congress to make historic progress for workers: including the new infrastructure law that is rebuilding our nation and growing our economy; the Butch-Lewis Act, which saved the pensions of more than a million workers and retirees; and the Inflation Reduction Act, which will lower costs and boost American manufacturing. As a result of these efforts, we’ve seen record job growth, low unemployment, and rising wages across our industries.

“But our fight is far from over. As we look to the future, we pledge to continue the fight for working people, and to push our leaders to join us in that fight, on this Labor Day and every day.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW Local 7687 Reaches Tentative Agreement with BAE https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-bae Wed, 31 Aug 2022 11:52:48 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-bae Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7687 announced today that they reached a tentative agreement on a 5-year deal with BAE Systems covering roughly 800 workers in the company’s York, Pa., facility.

USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall credited the workers’ commitment and solidarity for reaching the agreement and averting an unfair labor practice strike.

“After working through the pandemic making armament for the military without disruption, USW members at BAE understood what was at stake in these negotiations,” Hall said. “They earned a contract that reflects their vital role in helping safeguard our national security and in contributing to the company’s success.”

“It’s unfortunate that management forced its dedicated workers to the brink of a work stoppage before achieving this deal,” said USW Local 7687 President Brad Frey, “but USW members proved that by working together, we can overcome any challenge.”

In the coming days, USW members will review the details of the proposed new contract with their negotiating committee before a ratification vote, which will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Broadly, the proposed agreement increases wages, strengthens retirement security and improves access to paid vacation time.

USW Local 7687 also withdrew its notice of its intent to hold an unfair labor practice strike, which was set to begin today at 11 a.m.

The USW represents about 850,000 North American workers in a variety of industries such as steel, aluminum and other metals; pulp and paper; tires and rubber; chemicals; energy producing; oil refining; healthcare; the service and public sectors; and a growing number in professional, tech and academic fields.

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USW Local 7687 Gives Strike Notice to BAE over Unfair Labor Practices https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-gives-strike-notice-to-bae-over-unfair-labor-practices Tue, 30 Aug 2022 05:52:54 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-gives-strike-notice-to-bae-over-unfair-labor-practices Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

York, Pa. The United Steelworkers (USW) said that roughly 800 members of Local 7687 today gave notice that they will begin an unfair labor practice strike at BAE Systems’ facility in York, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m.  

USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall called on BAE management to return to the table to bargain in good faith for a fair contract.

“BAE has reaped the benefits of having a world-class, dedicated union workforce,” Hall said. “There’s no reason except greed for the company insisting that loyal, experienced workers accept less than what they have earned and deserve.”

Hall said that members of USW Local 7687 have been flexible with BAE management, including working through the pandemic. They also worked under the terms of an expired contract since October 2021.

“USW members are proud of the work we do serving our country,” Hall said, “but management needs to understand that we are committed to fighting for and winning a fair contract at BAE. We are not willing to accept a substandard contract simply because the company calls it a ‘final offer.’”

Members of USW Local 7687 build tracked and wheeled vehicles for the U.S. military.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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Tentative Agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Rewards Essential Steelworkers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/tentative-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-rewards-essential-steelworkers Mon, 29 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/tentative-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-rewards-essential-steelworkers Contact: Tony Montana, (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

PITTSBURGH The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract on behalf of roughly 12,000 members at 13 Cleveland-Cliffs locations.  

USW International Vice President (Administration) David McCall, who chairs negotiations with Cliffs, credited union members for working throughout the pandemic and standing together in solidarity for the fair contract that essential Steelworkers have earned and deserve.

“Our tentative agreement with Cliffs management recognizes the vital role Steelworkers have played in the company’s success,” McCall said. “The proposed contract provides important economic and contract language improvements that will improve working conditions along with the standard of living for USW members and their families.”

The tentative agreement improves current wages, bolsters existing health insurance provisions for workers and retirees without increasing costs and includes a commitment for Cliffs to invest $4 billion in USW represented facilities over its term.

“Our plants will continue to be safer and our jobs and benefits more secure under the proposed agreement,” McCall said. “Cliffs has committed to a plan to invest in its USW facilities that will improve production, create sustainable jobs for USW members and ensure success for the company.”

“Our local union leaders, activists and members have faced challenges in the past and know what it takes to lead the industry through its up and down cycles,” McCall said. “We look forward to the future knowing that Cliffs understands that our plants run best when management and our union work together to solve problems for the benefit of everyone.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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