Director District 13
Ruben Garza was elected Director of USW District 13 in November of 2013, leading a district that serves more than 50,000 USW members in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The son of migrant workers from Orange Grove, Texas, Garza was born in Lubbock, Texas, and grew up in Rotan, Texas.
Garza went to work at National Gypsum Company on May 6, 1976, and became a member of the Cement Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union. He ran for president of his local in 1984 and defeated an 18-year incumbent.
In 1989, Garza was unjustly terminated for union activity and was out of work for almost two years. He won his job back through arbitration and returned to work in 1991.
Also in 1991, Garza’s union merged into the United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU). On March 1, 1996, he joined the UPIU staff, leading union locals through successful contract negotiations at dozens of work sites.
In 1999, when the UPIU merged with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union to create the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy International Union (PACE), Garza was reassigned to western Texas, where he serviced locals in Texas and New Mexico.
Garza became a USW staff representative when the Steelworkers merged with PACE in 2005.
Besides leading successful strikes and arbitration cases, Garza has led contract bargaining for locals in the union’s atomic, oil, pipeline, chemical, paper and steel industries. He has moved the union forward not just in areas of wages and benefits, but in health, safety and environmental protection.
The headquarters for District 13 is in Baytown, Texas.
USW District 13
1300 Rollingbrook Drive, Suite 504
Baytown, TX 77521
832.556.0370 – Telephone
832.556.0378 - FAX
State(s): AR, LA, OK, TX