Steel Pride

"To unite in one organization, regardless of creed, color or nationality, all workmen and working women.”
-The first of the founding principles of our United Steelworkers union, written in 1942.

This commitment continues to be at the heart of everything we do.

The USW stands behind our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual/Non-Binary, Pansexual, plus (LGBTQ+) members. We aim to ensure they have a workplace free from harassment and discrimination, that they receive equitable treatment and respect, and that they can live their lives with dignity.

In early 2019, we formed the union’s first-ever LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee to work on improving contract language, expand the union’s education curriculum to be inclusive and intersectional, and decrease incidents of harassment against LGBTQ+ members. We remain committed to this work to build an even stronger union that is inclusive of all members. 

We encourage all local unions to initiate LGBTQ+ activism within your Civil and Human Rights committees and to utilize the various resources available on our website. We also invite members and Locals to initiate communication with LGBTQ+ organizations in their communities. 

Please also visit Pride at Work to learn how you can join the AFL-CIO labor constituency group and fight for LGBTQ+ workers. By doing so, you could even create history by organizing a chapter in your area!