Fighting for Fair Trade

The United Steelworkers (USW) is a diverse union representing more than 850,000 members working in industries ranging from steel and other metals to paper, from oil and chemicals to plastics and glass, from mining to tires and rubber. We work in refineries, factories, hospitals and nursing homes, shipyards, schools and public institutions, at military bases and in pharmaceutical and nuclear facilities; but no matter where we work and live, our lives and livelihoods have in some way been touched by trade. The results of trade – both good and bad – are felt every day by our union’s members, their families and the communities where they live.

Whether we work in the factory that is competing against unfairly subsidized or traded imports, or at the service industry or school where jobs are at risk when the factory closes and stops paying local and state taxes, or in the mill that is ramping up production for exports, Steelworkers and their families understand that international trade and trade agreements have real-life consequences.

We want trade policies that will create jobs, promote rising wages and reduce income inequality and our nation’s staggering trade deficit.

“Historically, these agreements have closed American manufacturing facilities and cost American jobs,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “It is foolish to think that this latest round will do something different. Success should be measured by the jobs that are created, not the number of agreements that are enacted.” Read more from Gerard's statement on the trade deficit numbers from February 2014 here.