Women of Steel: News
May 16, 2013
Local 3657 Steelworker Awarded Catherine Baker Knoll Award
On May 9, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee (ACDC) presented United Steelworker (USW) Steffi Domike the Catherine Baker Knoll Award at the Committeeâ€™s Jackson-Jefferson Dinner in Pittsburgh, PA.
May 03, 2013
WOS Local 3657 Purse Donation Drive
I hope all is well with you all and that you are enjoying this beautiful Spring weather. I have attached a picture of some of the purses which you so graciously donated to the WOS Local 3657 Purse Drive. As you can see the response was overwhelming. We are still in the process of sorting, packing and repacking for distribution.
March 25, 2013
Women of Steel Display the USW Colors at Pioneer Days
Pioneer Days is an annual event in Kearny, AZ. The four day event is filled activities such as a carnival, a men's softball tournament, the Pioneer Queen contest, music, food and information booths, plus many more vendors and events. And what would an event be without a parade.
March 22, 2013
A Special Message for the Women of Steel from Oralia and Napoleon Gomez
Oralia Casso De Gomez and her husband, Napoleon Gomez Urrutia General Secretary of Los Mineros, sent a special thank you and good wishes to the Women of Steel in Canada and the United States.
March 22, 2013
Proud, Pink and Pumped Up for Women of Steel
In recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, 2013, the Women of Steel (WOS) of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7655 in Collierville, TENN, urged their members to wear pink. At the same time, they were answering the call from USW Local 3657 to help the sisters impacted by Hurricane Sandy and other tragedies.
March 21, 2013
TAWC-Get Women Working Toolkit
Women have a voice and their stories must be told. Don't give up! Let's be heard!
March 14, 2013
2013 Women of Steel Conference Concludes on a Positive Note
The United Steelworkers (USW) 2013 Women of Steel Conference (WOS) came to a close yesterday but not without many fond memories. From the Facebook posts below, the delegates from across North America have shared their experiences.
March 11, 2013
A Woman of Steel Is ...
What do you feel are the characteristics of a Woman of Steel? Some people tell us Steelworker women are determined, committed, courageous, dedicated, confident and inquisitive.
March 09, 2013
How to View or Download Women of Steel Conference Photos
Each day, photos of the conference will be posted on the Women of Steel Flickr web site. If you wish to view or download photos of the conference, Click Here. To access the main Steelworker Flickr page for photos, Click Here.
March 09, 2013
Hundreds Expected to Register for the 2013 Women of Steel Conference
A constant stream of United Steelworker (USW) delegates poured into Wyndham Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA to registration and view the exhibits at the 2013 Women of Steel (WOS) Conference. The conference will open Sunday, March 10 and close on Wednesday, March 13.
March 08, 2013
Women of Steel 2013 Conference Coordinators Meeting
Women of Steel Coordinators meeting on March 7 prior to the 2013 United Steelworkers Women of Steel Conference. The Conference is being held at the Wyndham Hotel, in Pittsburgh, PA from Sunday, March 10 thru Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Every female member of the United Steelworkers is a Woman of Steel.
March 07, 2013
USW Commemorates International Women’s Day by Calling on Congress to Help Working Women
The following statement was released today by United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard: “On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the accomplishments of generations of working women worldwide who fought for better pay and equal rights.
March 01, 2013
WOS Conference District Meeting Times and Locations
District meetings will be held on March 10 from 3:00 PM â€“ 6:00 PM at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh. All delegates should attend their district meeting to learn about district activity, meet their director and receive important conference information.
February 07, 2013
One Billion Rising
Today, on the planet, a billion women – one of every three women on the planet – will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated. V-Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence.
February 07, 2013
Prioritizing Health: Unions Help Workers Access Family and Medical Leave
Jeanine Gaver, an Ohio woman who was fired after she underwent treatment for an aggressive form of breast cancer, filed a lawsuit last week, claiming her former employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
February 04, 2013
USW Marks 20 Years of FMLA
United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard issued the statement below in recognition of 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): “The FMLA was the first legislation that President Bill Clinton signed into law on Feb. 5, 1993, barely two weeks after taking the oath of office. It was also the first national legislation that established ... more
January 16, 2013
Stuffed Purse Collection
United Steelworkers (USW) Local 3657 Women of Steel will be collecting purses to benefit sisters impacted by Hurricane Sandy and other tragedies. The collection will only take place March 9 and 10 at registration for the USW International Womenâ€™s Conference in Pittsburgh
December 12, 2012
USW International Women's Conference, "Honoring Our Past - Protecting Our Future"
As our Union continues in its proud tradition of leading the way on major issues affecting workers around the world and in the countries where our members live and work, I am excited to announce the next USW International Women's Conference, "Women of Steel: Honoring Our Past - Protecting Our Future."
November 11, 2012
District 13 Women of Steel Conference
Seventy delegates from all across District 13 converged on Dallas, Texas in order to attend the District 13 Women of Steel Conference September 14, 15 and 16, 2012. Delegates heard a number of leading Women of the Labor movement describing how Women have made their way to some of the top positions in the Labor movement today.
November 07, 2012
USW Election Day Outcome Statement
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) said today’s Election Day outcome was defined by America’s union workers in the heartland, casting their votes to move America forward to re-elect U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
October 26, 2012
Women Grads Earn 82 Cents on Dollar for Male Peers, One Year After College
The gender pay gap starts right away in a woman's career, with female college graduates earning 82 cents on the dollar that male peers earn, only one year out of college.
October 22, 2012
Women of Steel at USW Local 608 Remind Us of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Women of Steel at United Steelworker (USW) Local 608 remind everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
October 17, 2012
USW Local 608 Cooked Up a Meet and Eat
The Women of Steel (WOS) in Lewiston, ID, decided that they wanted United Steelworker (USW) members at Local 608 to have their cake and "MEET" it too. So recently, to open a door for people to meet the local union leadership and to encourage members to attend a meeting, they sponsored a barbeque for LU 608 members.
October 15, 2012
Local 7600 show their Community Spirit ... Again
On August 20, Woman of Steel (WOS) from United Steelworker Local 7600 visited Tamarind Elementary in the City of Fontana and donated 33 stuffed backpacks to the school. This is just one more successful event for Local 7600 WOS who are always active in their community.
October 10, 2012
USW Local 338 Women of Steel Organize Annual PAC Party
This years United Steelworker (USW) annual PAC party, held on October 6, was organized by the local's Women of Steel (WOS) committee. The members at the Spokane, WA local were treated to a barbeque meal, prizes and guest speaker, Mike Scarver from USW International Headquarters.
August 29, 2012
USW Local 3657 WOS Raises Money for "Dress for Success" Program
The United Steelworkers Local 3657 Women of Steel raised $200 for the Pittsburgh area Dress for Success program that helps struggling women get jobs and the clothing they need to succeed.
August 09, 2012
Sandra Fluke Advocating for Womens Health Care
MSNBC's Ed Schultz talks with Sandra about the choice in November, and what's at stake.
August 09, 2012
The Consequences of Outsourcing
Leo W. Gerard, United Steelworkers (USW) International President, weighs in on the consequences of outsourcing.
August 01, 2012
Are You Registered To Vote? Are You Sure?
Check your voter registration status today at canivote.org or by calling the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).
July 06, 2012
District 11 Women of Steel Win Best Local Entry
The United Steelworkers (USW) Women of Steel (WOS) committee from District 11 Local 11-418 won Best Local Entry at the 2012 Strawberry Festival Parade held in Cottage Grove, Minnesota on June 9, 2012. The women entered a Rosie the Riveter float ... more
June 20, 2012
WOS Training has its Advantages
Afghanistan is a roughly 7,500 from Jacksonville, Fla. and although many people may never have to Mapquest that route, to HTSI Supply Technician Monica Wroten it feels a lot closer, thanks to her friends in the Women of Steel.
June 12, 2012
Encouraging Women to Step up as Leaders and Activists
Recently, progressive radio host Charles Showalter of the Working Family Radio Network talked with United Steelworkers (USW) Women of Steel (WOS) Director Ann Flener about the Women of Steel Program.
May 07, 2012
An Assault on a Women’s Personage
Progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall recently spoke with United Steelworkers (USW) Assistant to the President Leeann Foster on the War on Women. Leeann is also the Associate General Counsel for the USW.
April 10, 2012
From the War on Caterpillars to Women's Rights
Rachel Maddow reports on Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski's recent acknowledgement of her own party's "war on women," which she sees as real and not "fictional" like Rebulican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus suggested.
March 15, 2012
AFL-CIO supports women's right to contraception regardless of where they work
Today the AFL-CIO Executive Council unanimously passed a statement on "Women's Access to Quality and Affordable Reproductive Health Care" that states, ... "The denial of contraceptive coverage is seen as discrimination against women and an attack on workers' right to basic health coverage."
March 08, 2012
Bread and Roses Centennial: A Symbol for International Women’s Day
Statement by USW International President Leo W. Gerard: This is International Women’s Day, and four days from now is the centennial of the Bread and Roses victory by women woolen mill workers in Lawrence, Mass.
March 08, 2012
Lowell Mill Girls
During the first half of the nineteenth century, farm girls and young women from throughout New England were recruited to work in the textile factories in Lowell, Massachusetts. Although the women were tightly controlled both in the factories and at home in company-supervised boarding houses, many managed to join organized demonstrations against their working conditions.
March 08, 2012
Modern History Sourcebook: Harriet Robinson: Lowell Mill Girls
In her autobiography, Harriet Hanson Robinson, the wife of a newspaper editor, provided an account of her earlier life as female factory worker (from the age of ten in 1834 to 1848) in the textile Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts. Her account explains some of the family dynamics involved, and lets us see the women as active participants in their own lives - for instance in their strike of 1836.
March 04, 2012
President Obama's Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2012
As Americans, ours is a legacy of bold independence and passionate belief in fairness and justice for all. For generations, this intrepid spirit has driven women pioneers to challenge injustices and shatter ceilings in pursuit of full and enduring equality.
March 01, 2012
USW Commemorates U.S. Women’s History Month
The United Steelworkers (USW) will commemorate Women's History Month by honoring those women who led the fight for dignity and respect in the workplace, and those that continue the fight for equality in all aspects of life today. In this election year, we especially remember women who fought for the right to vote in both the United States and Canada ...
January 31, 2012
Action Alert for USW Members in the Northeast
Sunoco and ConocoPhillips have arbitrarily decided to shut down three strategic oil refineries on the East Coast, all three in or near Philadelphia, Pa. All three of these refineries are USW workplaces, and if the companies follow through on their threat, 1,300 of our members will lose their jobs.
October 31, 2011
USW Demands Fair Wages at Freeport-McMoRan in Indonesia
Steelworkers demanding fair wages for thousands of workers on strike at a Freeport-McMoRan mine in Indonesia held a demonstration at the company’s headquarters in Phoenix.
October 15, 2011
New Video: USW Joins Occupy Pittsburgh
USW International President, Leo W. Gerard, joined thousands of Pittsburghers in Day 1 of the Occupy Pittsburgh movement.
September 15, 2011
Contagion is not just a movie
Hear the real stories of five of the 44 million Americans forced to go to work sick because they don't have paid sick days. -- and find out how you can get involved.
September 13, 2011
University of Missouri Labor Education Youth Camp
Can you imagine a summer camp that brings teenagers together, from all across the US, to learn about the Labor Movement? It has been a reality for 14 years now. Every summer, young men and women, ages 13 - 17, come together for a week of swimming, canoeing, and volleyball at the University of Missouri Forest camp in Poplar Bluff Missouri.
September 09, 2011
"Measuring Our Progress. Are We There Yet?"
Women have struggled for equality, democracy, and social justice over many decades. None of the progress we have made has come easy. We have worked in our unions, in our communities, in politics, and in our personal lives. Together we have made our voices heard. Together we have demanded an end to injustice.
September 07, 2011
Local 338 Women of Steel Praised for School Supply Drive
United Steelworkers (USW) Local 338 Women of Steel (WOS) were pleased that the school supply drive they conducted was such a success and was so greatly appreciated by the school district in Spokane, WA.
July 29, 2011
USW Local 338 Women of Steel Fight Trade Agreements
Women of Steel (WOS) from United Steelworkers (USW) Local Union 338 in Spokane, WA put together a rapid response trade campaign in mid-July. Their goal was to write letters to Congressional representatives and urge them not to support or vote for the pending Columbia or Korea Free Trade agreements.
July 05, 2011
Famous Union Figure Makes an Appearance in Pittsburgh
The 4th of July is traditionally known for picnics, fireworks and beaches. In Pittsburgh, the scene was no different except for the beach which turned out to be a 15 foot sand sculpture. A team of Florida-based artists, Sandsational Sand Sculpting, added a bit of union history to this year’s sculpture – Rosie the Riveter.
May 24, 2011
OWES Task Force Statement on President's Plan to Reduce the Deficit
As the co-chairs of the Older Women's Economic Security Task Force (OWES) of the National Council of Women's Organizations, we congratulate President Obama on setting forth a responsible plan to reduce the federal budget deficit in his "Winning the Future" speech at The George Washington University on April 13 and urge him to continue to articulate the vision behind his plan clearly and consistently.