United Steelworkers: District 9 News https://www.usw.org/districts/rss/9 United Steelworkers: District 9 News en-us info@usw.org webmaster@usw.org 40 USW Cares Stories and Articles for 2015 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-stories-and-articles-for-2015 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-cares-stories-and-articles-for-2015 Click on the right-hand booklet icon to bring the book to full screen mode. Click on "Esc" to bring it back to original size.

USW Praises Antidumping Duties on Coated Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-praises-antidumping-duties-on-coated-steel Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:22:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-praises-antidumping-duties-on-coated-steel CONTACT: Gary Hubbard; (202) 256-8125; ghubbard@usw.org

Pittsburgh (Dec. 23) – The United Steelworkers (USW) confirmed another preliminary determination announced late Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) following antidumping (AD) duty investigations for imports of corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy and Korea.

“The egregious high volume of illegal, corrosion-resistant steel dumped in the U.S. market from China was found to be so substantial that all producers in China will have a maximum duty rate that should take them out of our market,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

According to the government’s determination, the rate applied to China imports will be 255.80 percent. The remaining countries in the trade case investigation will have single-digit AD margins on corrosion-resistant imports: India (6.64-6.92 percent); Korea (2.99-3.51 percent); and Italy (0.0-3.11 percent). Taiwan received no antidumping margin whatsoever.

“We are gratified the whopping duty on China dumping will be another needed lesson for their job-stealing violations.” He added that this Commerce Dept. prelim finding is the second enforcement action in the past week against illegal imports of flat-rolled steel products that follows subsidy duties placed on cold-rolled imports from China,” Gerard said.

Other steel trade cases in the U.S. government pipeline are due for investigative outcomes on dumping for hot-rolled in January and cold-rolled in February.

“Multiple steel producing countries are taking more than one-third of our domestic market when American steelworkers should be sharing in an improved economy.” Gerard declared.

“Instead, thousands of USW-represented steelworkers and iron ore miners are currently on layoff status at American idled facilities. Tens of thousands more are threatened by the steel imports tonnage still flooding into the country – especially from China.”

The preliminary order announced late yesterday on coated steel products will result in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) being instructed to require cash deposits based on the duty rates for steel imports from China and three other countries.

Tom Conway, USW International Vice President, who is currently leading negotiations with several domestic steel companies, said: “The duty rates will also be applied retroactively by the USDOC, where ‘critical circumstance’ was found for certain exporters from China, Korea and Taiwan.”

The export violators will be required by U.S. Customs to impose provisional measures retroactively on steel flat products for up to 90 days prior to the effective date of the federal order.

Global overcapacity in steel and continued abuse of the system by foreign companies and their governments requires a major overhaul of U.S. trade policy and enforcement, said Conway.

“For decades, American workers have paid the price of failed trade policies and inconsistent enforcement of flawed trade agreements,” he added. “Congress and the administration need to take responsibility for changing the system that has cost more than a million manufacturing jobs and shuttered thousands of factories, mainly in industries that employ USW members.”

The USW represents some 35,000 workers who produce corrosion-resistant steel at facilities owned by U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal and AK Steel, which are among the petitioners seeking relief. The U.S. trade case was filed in June.

Impacted U.S. Steel facilities include operations in Clairton, Pa., Fairfield, Ala., and Gary, Ind. ArcelorMittal production incudes operations in Cleveland, Ohio, East Chicago, Ind., and Weirton, W Va., while affected AK Steel plants include operations in Ashland, Ky. and Mansfield, Ohio.

Final determination orders for corrosion-resistant steel are due next May by the USDOC and in June from the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Corrosion-resistant steel products are typically used in the manufacture of trucks, automobiles, appliances, agricultural equipment and industrial equipment.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors. For more information: http://www.usw.org/.

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Happy Holidays from the USW https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/happy-holidays-from-the-usw Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/happy-holidays-from-the-usw This past year has been tough for so many, but through it all we’ve held onto hope, pushed through with our unbreakable fighting spirit and showed the true meaning of solidarity. These are among our greatest gifts. Thank you for making our union so special.

2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/2016-martin-luther-king-jr-civil-and-human-rights-conference Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/2016-martin-luther-king-jr-civil-and-human-rights-conference The AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department will host the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, January 15 – 18, 2016 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  This conference celebrates Dr. King’s life and his legacy of working to improve our lives and the lives of future generations. A copy of the conference call letter is enclosed.

‘Change the Rules, Be the Power’ is this year’s theme.  The conference workshops and plenary sessions are focused on the labor movement's key priorities:  raising wages, racial justice, voting rights, immigration, LGBTQ equality, criminal justice, education and a myriad of other issues affecting working families and our community.

Conference registration can only be made on-line at http://aflcio.org select the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. icon at the bottom of the page. The registration fee is as follows:

  • $200 until November 30, 2015
  • $250 until December 18, 2015
  • $300 until January 13, 2016
  • $350 for on-site registration, this option is based on availability and cannot be guaranteed.

You are encouraged to use the conference website when making your hotel accommodations.  However, you can also phone the hotel directly at 202-483-3000.  The room rate is $159 plus 14.5% tax per night.  This rate is available until Dec. 22, 2015, or when the block is filled, whichever comes first.  Those who plan to attend should make their hotel reservations as soon as possible as rooms for this conference sell out quickly. The hotel offers self-parking at $41 per vehicle per day. Valet parking service is $49 per day.


Let Us Remember Those who are Laid Off, Locked Out or Walking a Picket Line This Holiday Season https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/let-us-remember-those-who-are-laid-off-locked-out-or-walking-a-picket-line-this-holiday-season Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:30:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/let-us-remember-those-who-are-laid-off-locked-out-or-walking-a-picket-line-this-holiday-season The damage has been done … again. Once again, the band aid solutions have come too little, too late. And once again, as manufacturing plants close or shut down, American workers are laid off or locked out. The people who feel the effects the worst are working men and women and their families through no fault of their own.

An email was recently sent to a staff member from a Steelworker in Fairfield, Alabama. Bo Edwards from USW Local 1013 talks about how this layoff from U.S. Steel is affecting his family and many other manufacturing families across America this Christmas.

I would like to tell you how illegal dumping and unfair trading practices have affected my family. Besides struggling to pay bills due to being laid off, it also affects my extended family.

Every year at the holidays we always buy the food for the family celebrations at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is our way of allowing our family to enjoy focusing on each other and allows them not worry about preparing dishes.

This year, due to the economic effects of dumping, we are getting basic staple goods from a food bank set up by the Steelworkers Local to help fill my pantry. 

No big deal you say? It also affects my local community too because my family is not participating in buying local goods and gifts for needy children as we have done each year in the past. One of our local merchants has had to put his business up for sale because 40% of his sales were from local steelworkers. 

The needy children that we provided presents for each year won't be getting any because I'm out of work and I don't have enough money to buy those gifts due to foreign companies being allowed to dump their inferior goods here on American soil.

Not only is my family affected many others are affected as well.  Saying Merry Christmas is kind of hollow this year as it will not be one for my family or for the thousands of other Steelworkers who are out of work due to unfair trade practices.

This holiday season, let’s remember those members who are struggling through no fault of their own.  Let’s take time to write a legislator and ask them to stand up for American workers and American jobs. Let’s tell them to stop unfair trade before it hurts workers and their families. Let’s tell them to not accept trade deals that destroy good-paying jobs just for corporate profits.

Union Ratifies Contract with True Temper Sports https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/union-ratifies-contract-with-true-temper-sports Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:33:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/union-ratifies-contract-with-true-temper-sports Mississippi Steelworkers Reclaim Jobs from China

Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592; tmontana@usw.org

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that members of Local 7477 have ratified a new contract with True Temper Sports that will increase pay and improve benefits for nearly 200 workers at the company’s Amory, Miss., facility, which produces steel tubing for golf club shafts and other purposes.

The new contract will be effective through July 2020 and includes a provision in which True Temper has agreed to close a Chinese plant and move that production to Mississippi. The USW expects the move to create 50 permanent new jobs in the coming months and up to 100 over the contract’s term.

USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo called the agreement a clear victory for workers, their families and the community.

“In the age of globalization with so many industries suffering the consequences of unfair and often illegal foreign trade, we cannot overstate the importance of our ability to reclaim this work and these jobs,” Flippo said. “In a time of uncertainty, the USW and True Temper together have made the future more secure for workers in Amory.”

USW Local 7477 President Dennis Fears praised the new contract and said that solidarity between workers is the key to success in bargaining.

“I’m proud of our union and what we have accomplished through the years, especially in these negotiations,” Fears said. “With the company’s commitment to our plant, we expect future generations of Steelworkers to continue this proud tradition.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women 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 Leadership Statement Urges Rejection of TPP https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-leadership-statement-urges-rejection-of-tpp Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:53:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-leadership-statement-urges-rejection-of-tpp Executive Board Resolution applies to U.S. & Canada action

Contacts: Wayne Ranick: (412) 562-2444, wranick@usw.org
              Gary Hubbard: (202) 256-8125, ghubbard@usw.org

Pittsburgh (Dec. 10) – The International Executive Board of the United Steelworkers (USW) today adopted a formal resolution urging rejection of the proposed 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal by both the U.S. Congress and the Canadian federal government.

USW President Leo W. Gerard said the resolution is intended for wide distribution to the union membership in both the U.S. and Canada, setting forth the basis of a fully-engaged TPP rejection campaign in each country. 

“The USW is the largest industrial union in North America representing 1.2 million active and retired members who would all be impacted by TPP,” Gerard said. “These workers with family-supportive jobs are employed in virtually every tradable sector: mining, metals, glass, rubber, paper and forestry, automotive and aerospace products.”

Upon release of the USW policy statement, he said it exposes the TPP as bad trade policy with no real enforcement, misplaced priorities and that working families had already suffered far too long from previous free trade deals.

The USW resolution highlighted the union had an earnest expectation workers’ needs in any trade deal would be met. “When negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership began, our union engaged with the negotiators and policymakers with the hope of forging a new approach.”

The statement said the USW sought a trade agreement for the U.S. and Canada “that would lift wages up, rather than pushing them down, one that would reduce our nations’ accumulated trade deficits that continue to mount, one that would promote domestic manufacturing and employment rather than more outsourcing and offshoring, one that would begin to reverse the widening gap of income inequality.”

Citing in detail issues ignored that hurt American and Canadian workers, the USW resolution found the TPP didn’t address currency manipulation, accepted overcapacity in global manufacturing, had insufficient rules for State-Owned Enterprises, provided weak rules of origin for autos and auto parts, plus showed a failure to ensure worker rights standards are implemented.

“The TPP fails to meet the promise that it would be a high-standards, 21st Century trade agreement in the area of workers’ rights, representing not only a missed opportunity, but also limiting the ability of workers to share in the very prosperity that they will be working so hard to create for multinational firms through their labor.”  

It added, “TPP countries would be required to adopt and maintain laws to provide for a minimum wage, but that wage may be only pennies an hour to be acceptable under the TPP.”

Saying the USW provided comprehensive proposals during the TPP negotiations about how to improve the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of U.S. trade laws, the resolution declared: “The negotiators agreed to TPP trade rules that are far from sufficient, leaving the USW with little confidence that even those rules will be enforced.”

The resolution concluded:

“The TPP will only continue the failed trade policies of the past that have valued corporate profits, wherever obtained, over the interests of job and opportunity creation here at home. The USW will put every effort into defeating the TPP.”

The USW International Executive Board resolution rejecting the TPP can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

A detailed report by the statutorily-created U.S. Labor Advisory Committee (LAC) on the TPP that Gerard served on was also publicly released Dec. 4 by the 19-named representatives of working Americans. Among the LAC signatories were: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, UAW President Dennis Williams, Machinists President R. Thomas Buffenbarger and James Hoffa, General President of the Teamsters.

The TPP countries are: United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

An op-ed by Gerard, Hoffa and Williams critical of the TPP following release of the LAC report was published in the Huffington Post as: It's Time to Take a Stand for Workers on TPP.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors.  For more information: http://www.usw.org/.

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USW Local 983 Stands Up for "It’s Wrong Not To Belong" https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-983-stands-up-for-its-wrong-not-to-belong Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:38:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-983-stands-up-for-its-wrong-not-to-belong LU983

rhettaThis is what internal organizing is about! USW Local 983 in Augusta, GA representing IP Paper Mill recently signed 20 of 21 new hires as new members into their Local Union. 

“President Lloyd Allen understands the importance of internal organizing and Union density,” stated Director Daniel Flippo, “This is what “It’s Wrong Not To Belong” is all about!!”

The photo to the right is sister Rhetta Gray holding the cards. She is the Finished Products Training Coordinator for the Augusta Mill and a PROUD Member of Local 983. Assisting with the Orientation was USW Local 1803 President Cliff Sanders.

2015 USW District 9 Pulp and Paper Mill, Safety Conference Photos https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/2015-usw-district-9-pulp-and-paper-mill-safety-conference-photos Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:40:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/2015-usw-district-9-pulp-and-paper-mill-safety-conference-photos 2015 USW District 9 Pulp and Paper Mill Conference

November 2-4, 2015, Sandestin Hilton, Destin FL

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2015 USW District 9 Pulp and Paper Mill, Safety Conference | Breakout Sessions

November 2-4, 2015, Sandestin Hilton, Destin FL

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USW Cares: Women of Steel at USW 351L are Making Strides against Breast Cancer https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/women-of-steel-at-usw-351l-are-making-strides-against-breast-cancer Wed, 04 Nov 2015 08:06:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/women-of-steel-at-usw-351l-are-making-strides-against-breast-cancer Submitted by Jeff Hewitt

On October 17, the United Steelworkers 351L Women of Steel Committee helped to collect money and participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Tuscaloosa, AL. At last report, 87 teams and 649 participants helped to raise $40,891.91.

The USW 351L Women of Steel Committee thank the local union members for the great participation at the walk.

This project is just one of so many USW's amazing members do every day to give back to our communities and get involved with our communities. If you or your local are doing good things in your community, we want to hear about them. Let us know and share video and photos at www.usw.org/uswcares and use the #USWCares hashtag when you post your stories on social media. Don't forget to shout out @Steelworkers.

Steelworker wins Tennessee AFL-CIO Presidency https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/steelworker-wins-tennessee-afl-cio-presidency Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:09:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/steelworker-wins-tennessee-afl-cio-presidency NASHVILLE, TN -- Steelworker Billy Dycus has been elected as the new president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO        Labor Council. He succeeds Gary Moore, who chose not to seek re-election after serving as president since  2011.

"I am grateful and humbled that the affiliates representing thousands of hard-working Tennesseans of the  Tennessee AFL-CIO have elected me to represent Labor throughout the state," Dycus said. "President Gary Moore and his staff have done an amazing job managing the many difficult issues facing Labor and working people over the last four years. I look forward to growing Labor and providing workers the dignity and rights they so deserve by assembling a staff that is diverse, highly-motivated, and willing to meet the challenges of an ever-changing workplace and political landscape."

Previously, Dycus served as the president of United Steelworkers Local 1155L in Morrison, Tennessee.

"I want to extend congratulations to Billy Dycus upon his election to the office of President of the Tennessee AFL-CIO," Moore said. "As we move forward with our familiar and constant Labor battles, I know Billy will do a great job. I wish him and the new Executive Board the best of luck in their endeavors fighting for the working men and women of Tennessee."

Current Tennessee AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer A.J. Starling was re-elected to serve another term. "I look forward to working with President Dycus and our staff to continue to serve working men and women in our state," Starling said. "I am confident in Billy's leadership and know that he will be a valuable asset to working families throughout Tennessee."

In addition to Dycus, the following Executive Board members were elected to new positions: Paul Shaffer (Executive Vice President), Norm Jenks (1st Vice President), Rickey Wallace (2nd Vice President), and James Morrow (3rd Vice President. Donnie Beechum, John Ledwell, Kevin Huddleston, Gary Watkins, Kevin McGavock, and Johnny Orton were sworn in as new Executive Board members.

All of the Tennessee AFL-CIO staff members and affiliates congratulate President Dycus and all of the newly-elected Executive Board members on their positions. The Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council represents over 60,000 working men and women throughout the state.

Call your Representative and tell them to keep the Crude Oil Export Ban https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/call-your-representative-and-tell-them-to-keep-the-crude-oil-export-ban Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:15:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/call-your-representative-and-tell-them-to-keep-the-crude-oil-export-ban (Crude Oil Export Ban )

American refinery jobs and our country’s security is at risk if the House of Representatives votes to lift the Crude Oil Export Ban on Friday. Call your Representative right now and tell them to put working people before corporate profit and keep the Crude Oil Export Ban.

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USW Pres. Gerard Statement on TPP Coming to Closure https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-pres-gerard-statement-on-tpp-coming-to-closure Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:09:35 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-pres-gerard-statement-on-tpp-coming-to-closure The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal should not be submitted to Congress

Contact:  Gary Hubbard, 202-256-8125, ghubbard@usw.org

Pittsburgh (Oct. 5) – Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), issued the following statement as negotiations on the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)are coming to closure.

“Since negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) started, the cleared advisors of the United Steelworkers (USW) have devoted substantial resources and time to working with the trade negotiators responsible for developing and advancing U.S. interests in the trade talks.  

“Because the USW is the largest industrial union in North America, we see the real-life effects of trade policy every day.  That is why we are paying close attention to the provisions that have the potential to harm the majority of our membership. 

“From what we know, the draft TPP threatens the future of production and employment.   It compromises the so-called 21st century standards that were supposed to form the foundation for this agreement. It will deal a critical blow to workers and their standard of living in the United States. 

“Although the final text has not been made available and will contain some new bells and whistles; from what we have seen and know, at its core the hastily concluded TPP deal will simply continue today’s outdated, disastrous approach to trade.

“This TPP deal shouldn’t even be submitted to Congress and, if it is, it should be quickly rejected.

“You only have to look at the consistently dismal job numbers in manufacturing to understand what every manufacturing worker already knows. We have been on the losing end of trade deals. 

“Once again, it appears that misguided foreign policy and global corporate interests have trumped sound economics and the opportunity to get things right.  Our negotiators are trying to beat the clock to close a deal so they can rush it through Congress before next year’s elections. 

“TPP is sold as a way for the United States to write the rules of trade before China does.   In many areas, the agreement fails this objective and the language on rules of origin will put a smile on the faces of China’s leaders.   China didn’t get to write the rules in their favor because our American negotiators did it for them. 

“The rule of origin on autos governs how much of a vehicle’s content must be produced by the twelve TPP countries to get the preferential treatment the TPP will provide.   In this quickly concluded deal on rules of origin, Chinese-produced auto parts could account for more than a majority of a car’s parts and still get sweetheart treatment.  While China is not as yet a party to the twelve-nation TPP, the TPP is designed so that other countries can join.

“In many other areas critical to workers, U.S. negotiators refused to take the advice that was provided to them time and time again by the representatives of working people.   But while supporters tout the deal, those promises will fall on deaf ears.   Workers across this country have had to fight to get our trade rules enforced in the face of inadequate enforcement and constant cheating by our trading partners.  

“Even the best rules, which were not included in TPP, if unenforced, are essentially worthless.  How trade rules are implemented, how we monitor imports, obtain market access for our exports and how we enforce our rules are all critical to any deal’s success.

“So far, there has been no progress or willingness of the Administration to even discuss specific steps that could be taken.

“TPP may be the final blow to manufacturing in America.  Our producers and workers are under siege from other nations’ massive overproduction, foreign currency devaluation, our own lack of long-term infrastructure investment and the strong dollar. 

“Therefore, trade policy is not the only issue that determines what the economic prospects will be for working people. But, trade is the critical link to the world economy and global pressures are being felt in virtually every occupation and in every workplace.” 

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USW to Congress: Lifting Crude Oil Export Ban Would Threaten America’s Energy Security and Refinery Jobs https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-to-congress-lifting-crude-oil-export-ban-would-threaten-americas-energy-security-and-refinery-jobs Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:10:43 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/usw-to-congress-lifting-crude-oil-export-ban-would-threaten-americas-energy-security-and-refinery-jobs Contact:

Lynne Hancock, USW Communications, (o) 412-562-2442; (c) 615-828-6169; lhancock@usw.org
Roy Houseman, USW Legislative office, (o) 202-778-3312; (c) 202-288-3573; rhouseman@usw.org

Pittsburgh—The United Steelworkers Union (USW) joins the majority of Americans who do not want Congress to lift the crude oil export ban and jeopardize America’s energy security, affordable gasoline prices and booming refining sector.

“In 1975 Congress passed the crude oil export ban because America’s dependence on the Mideast for crude oil allowed Saudi Arabia to hold oil supplies hostage in retaliation for the United States’ support of Israel in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

“Members of Congress want to place our country in that precarious position again by lifting the crude oil export ban. Exporting crude makes no sense when our country is not energy self-sufficient, importing 44 percent of the crude that is refined in the United States.

“As Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stated in a House Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing, for every barrel of oil the U.S. would export, an additional barrel would have to be imported.

“Does Congress want the United States to be dependent on Mideast oil producers who have the power to deny oil supplies based on political whims?”

OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) strongly controls world oil prices by oversupplying or withdrawing oil supplies from the market. As a result of the crude oil export ban, U.S. refineries have access to domestic crude, which is cheaper than oil sourced overseas. This caused a loss of market share for OPEC nations like Saudi Arabia, which flooded the world market with oil in an attempt to lower oil prices and make it unprofitable for U.S. producers to drill for oil.

The oversupply of crude in the world market impacted the international, or Brent, crude oil price, and it is this price that determines the price of oil products like gasoline. U.S. consumers are enjoying the lowest price gasoline in years because of the crude oil export ban. If this ban is lifted, U.S. crude oil prices would be subject to the market actions of OPEC nations and world political, economic and weather events that cause the price of crude to soar and gasoline prices to rise.

Job loss in the U.S. refining sector and all the jobs dependent on it would result from the lifting of the crude oil export ban. The ban has allowed U.S. refineries to compete against foreign competitors with lower labor, environmental and safety standards. Lift the ban and the cost of crude oil rises for U.S. refineries, thrusting them into direct competition with refineries in China and India. The end result is the shutdown of refineries and loss of U.S. jobs.

“Our refineries in Philadelphia and Trainer, Pa., almost shut down in 2011 because they could not afford the oil sourced overseas and compete with oil product imports from foreign refineries that did not have to adhere to environmental standards, safety regulations and family-supporting wages and benefits,” said USW International Vice President Gary Beevers.

“The USW, along with business leaders and elected officials, saved those refineries because of the U.S. crude oil export ban. U.S. oil production grew, and these refineries could source this low-cost supply and compete internationally. As a result, over 36,000 direct and indirect jobs and $566 million in tax revenue were saved,” Beevers added.

The majority of Americans want U.S. crude oil to be used for U.S. refineries and not exported overseas. A Hart Research public opinion poll in December of 2014 revealed that a vast majority (82 percent) of voters, regardless of political affiliation, oppose allowing oil and gas companies to export more U.S. oil and gas to foreign nations. This result is bolstered by other polls.

“These polls also revealed that voters are unlikely to support representatives and senators for re-election if they lift the U.S. crude oil export ban,” Gerard said.

To date, more than 100,000 letters have been sent to Congress, urging representatives and senators to not lift the ban.

“The people have spoken, and now it is time for Congress to listen to their constituents,” Gerard said.

The USW is the largest private-sector union in North America, representing 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, energy, chemicals, transportation, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments.

10 reasons to support the crude oil export ban https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/10-reasons-to-support-the-crude-oil-export-ban Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/10-reasons-to-support-the-crude-oil-export-ban Sign our petition urging congress not to lift the Crude Oil Export Ban.

  1. Gasoline prices will go up for Americans if the export ban is lifted.
    Lifting the crude oil export ban will raise crude prices to the global level, as a recent study found U.S. gasoline has been substantially discounted because of domestic crude oil being kept in America.

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  2. Oil prices are significantly controlled by an international cartel called Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
    OPEC has used crude as an economic weapon. They started the oil embargo causing lines at gas stations in the 1970’s and when OPEC chose to maintain production levels of crude oil, prices fell by 60%. Lifting the crude oil export ban will put OPEC in the driver’s seat for U.S. oil security.

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  3. The oil export ban is fostering U.S. investment in domestic manufacturing.
    Recent articles highlight that the U.S. chemical industry is investing $15 billion in new manufacturing facilities. Lifting the crude oil export ban threatens those jobs as companies search for low cost labor and environmental standards.

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  4. U.S. refinery jobs will be in jeopardy if the export ban is lifted.
    Refinery jobs with good union benefits would be sent overseas as crude oil goes to China and other countries where refineries don’t have the same pollution controls ours do.

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  5. The U.S. will be more reliant of foreign crude oil.
    The U.S. is still not self-sufficient in oil production. Every barrel of oil we send overseas will mean another barrel of oil being brought in from overseas.

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  6. The fatality and injury rate in the US oil and gas industry is already unacceptably high – lifting the export ban will put more workers at risk unless safety regulations are improved.
    Between 2003 and 2013 almost 1,200 workers were killed on the job. Data is limited but during the past five years reported fatality rates in oil and gas extraction are five to seven times the national fatality rate.

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  7. Lifting the crude oil export ban will increase carbon pollution and have an effect on climate change.
    Lifting the ban will result in more than 515 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year. That is the equivalent annual emissions of 108 million passenger cars.

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  8. The companies that stand to benefit the most from lifting the crude oil export ban are large integrated oil companies who are already the most profitable in the world.
    Should we really give a break to companies whose total revenue in 2014 was $421.1 billion (Shell), $192.3 billion (Chevron) and $369.4 billion (Exxon)?

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  9. The oil and gas extraction industry often buys cheap foreign made steel.
    When oil prices where highest the U.S. steel industry had to file a trade case on the steel pipe that goes into fracking wells because of dumped illegal imports.

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  10. Lifting the crude oil export ban will put another 4,500 railcars per day on our already congested freight rail system.
    Farmers and manufacturers who rely on our national freight rail network will be left in the cold. For example, rail congestion cost North Dakota farmers more than $160 million last year.

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Sign our petition urging congress not to lift the Crude Oil Export Ban.
Getting to Know You and Your Health Needs: Audience Survey for Women https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/getting-to-know-you-and-your-health-needs-audience-survey-for-women Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:40:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/getting-to-know-you-and-your-health-needs-audience-survey-for-women Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is conducting a survey for members to assist in tailoring information so they can provide members with health information on a regular basis and deliver it to them via the preferred communication format.

One of CLUWs “Spread the Word” campaign partners, HealthyWomen, will work with CLUW to compile the aggregate survey results and implement an action plan, which will be presented at the CLUW Convention in November.

The short survey (which is going out via “Survey Monkey”) is called Getting to Know You and Your Health Needs: Audience Survey for Women.  You can access it here.

As an incentive to fill out the survey, HealthyWomen will be holding a drawing for a $100 gift card that every woman completing the survey can enter to win.

Rapid Response Participants Inspire Action at the District 9 Conference https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/rapid-response-participants-inspire-action-at-the-district-9-conference Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/rapid-response-participants-inspire-action-at-the-district-9-conference When our jobs are threatened, we mobilize! Here's the Rapid Response class at the District 9 Educational Conference after they got 700 Steelworkers (and counting) to take action on our union's current trade case on uncoated paper.




District 9 Hosts its Largest Educational Conference https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-9-hosts-its-largest-educational-conference Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:18:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-9-hosts-its-largest-educational-conference District 9 is hosting its largest Education Conference in Destin, Florida from August 31 – September 3, 2015 at the Hilton Sandestin. Over 700 delegates are enjoying great speakers and taking part in instructional courses.  Click on the photo to see the gallery of photos for that day. Photos by Van Tenpenny, United Steelworkers Press Association.

Registration and Delegate Orientation

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Workshops Continue on Day 4

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District 9 Pulp and Paper Mill Conference November 2-3, 2015 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-9-pulp-and-paper-mill-conference-november-2-3-2015 Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:52:45 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/district-9-pulp-and-paper-mill-conference-november-2-3-2015

Greetings Brothers and Sisters:

The USW District 9 Pulp & Paper Mill Conference scheduled for November 2-3, 2015 at the Hilton Sandestin, 4000 Sandestin Boulevard South, Destin, FL 32550. All locals are encouraged to participate in this Conference designed to provide Local Union Leaders in the pulp and paper industry with the additional tools needed to better represent your membership and engage in the fight to save and prosper our paper industry.

Click Here for a copy of the Call Letter 


Participants are urged to pre-register by completing the enclosed registration form for each delegate and return it to the District 9 Office with the Conference registration fee of $150 per delegate. This fee includes Conference materials and lunch for delegates on Monday and Tuesday. Deadline for reservations is Monday, September 28, 2015.

Registration will be Sunday, November 1st, followed by a plenary session on Monday with motivational speakers, information about the paper industry and companies within the industry. Following lunch Monday, delegates will attend educational and skill-building workshops, which will continue through Tuesday, when the Conference concludes at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Click Here for a copy of the Registration Form


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Hilton Sandestin for $139 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees. Hotel reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 800.367.1271 or online at www.sandestinbeachhilton.com and entering Group Code UPP.

Cutoff date to obtain the discounted group rate is September 28, 2015. 

Nestle’s Danville Workers Vote to Join USW https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/nestles-danville-workers-vote-to-join-usw Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:01:46 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/nestles-danville-workers-vote-to-join-usw Contact: Maria Somma, 412-562-1992                                                                                                   

Pittsburgh, PA – For Immediate Release -- Workers who make Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough and Buitoni products at a plant in Danville, Va., voted this week to join the United Steelworkers (USW).

The USW will represent 470 workers in contract negotiations with Nestle to address concerns such as wages, benefits and supervision.

“We are proud that these workers chose to join the USW to help them improve their working lives,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

Hourly workers at the 27-year-old plant contacted the USW, which represents 850,000 workers in the United States and Canada. The Nestle workers wanted the USW to help organize the plant so that issues like unfair wages, workplace safety and disrespectful treatment by supervisors could be dealt with in collective bargaining.

The USW represents tire builders at the Goodyear plant in Danville, and Nestle workers asked them about organizing. The Nestle works said they were upset by the corporation’s pay structure under which it compensates some workers $2 to $4 less an hour and schedules them for fewer than 40 hours a week for years at a time. Sometimes, Nestle passes over these workers for full-time employment, hiring instead through a staffing agency.

In addition, workers complained about on-call requirements under which they must work unscheduled shifts on short notice. Workers also said that on occasion, they received assignments without training, jeopardizing safety.

“We are looking forward to constructive negotiations with Nestle to resolve these issues to the benefit of both the workers and the company,” USW Organizer Ben Brandon said.

The USW also represents tire builders at the Goodyear plant in Danville. Workers at some of Nestle’s other U.S. plants are represented by unions as well.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include food-making as well as metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors. For more information: http://www.usw.org/.




U.S. Department of Commerce announces preliminary dumping margins against Chinese, Brazilian, Portugese, Australian and Indonesian uncoated paper producers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/u-s-department-of-commerce-announces-preliminary-dumping-margins-against-chinese-brazilian-portugese-australian-and-indonesian-uncoated-paper-producers Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:06:55 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2015/u-s-department-of-commerce-announces-preliminary-dumping-margins-against-chinese-brazilian-portugese-australian-and-indonesian-uncoated-paper-producers CONTACT: Jon Geenen at (412) 562-2440, jgeenen@usw.org


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The United Steelworkers (USW) commended the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) for its preliminary dumping duty determinations against certain uncoated paper imports from China, Brazil, Portugal, Australia and Indonesia.

If confirmed by the process, tariffs will be imposed on imports of certain uncoated paper to offset the impact of the unfair advantage caused by the dumped products. The determination placed dumping margins on uncoated paper ranging to 193.30 percent. For Australia the rate is 40.65 percent; for Brazil, 33.09 percent to 42.42 percent; for China, 97.48 percent to 193.30 percent; for Indonesia, 0 percent to 51.75 percent; and for Portugal, 29.53 percent.

“The dumping margins will help offset unfair and predatory trade practices facing the industry,” said United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard. “Time after time, our competitors have targeted this sector and dumped and subsidized sales into our market. Since 2011, eight mills that manufacture this product have shut down as a result of dumped and subsidized imports. Some 2,500 jobs were lost. This has devastated working families and their communities.

“While these trade cases are vital to helping level the playing field, we also need new trade policies, actively enforced by the government, that do not require injury before relief is provided. Workers are sick and tired of Washington sitting on its hands while China and other countries cheat and target our market.”

As a result of the DOC’s actions, importers of the covered uncoated paper from the subject countries will be required to immediately post a bond or deposit cash in an amount equal to the announced margins pending final resolution of the cases later this year.

“Every exporter from every country will now be facing cash deposit requirements of about 30 percent to over 300 percent so we should see substantial relief in the market,” said USW International Vice President Jon Geenen.

The petitions cover all uncoated paper in sheets, including cut-size and folio, weighing between 40 and 150 gsm, and having a GE brightness level of 85 or higher.

The decision was a result of unfair trade cases filed by the USW and four companies on January 21, 2015 with the (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission. They alleged that certain uncoated paper from the five countries had been dumped into the United States, resulting in injury to the domestic industry and its employees. The petitions also alleged that China and Indonesia subsidized the sale of these products and should be subject to countervailing duties. The four manufacturers are Domtar Corporation, Finch Paper, LLC, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) and P.H. Glatfelter Company.

The decision by the DOC supports the allegations in the petitions that claim that imports from these five countries were dumped. Dumping occurs when a foreign producer sells into the U.S. market for less than the price that a producer charges in its home market or when its U.S. prices are below the cost to make the product.

Today’s decision follows the Commerce Department’s determination on June 22, 2015 that Chinese and Indonesian coated paper producers benefitted from a variety of subsidies and the International Trade Commission’s earlier preliminary decision finding that the domestic industry had been materially injured by imports of the subject paper. Those two countries were the only ones where subsidies were alleged. Commerce found then that China is subsidizing their producers by 5.82 to 126.42 percent, and Indonesia is doing the same, at levels ranging from 43.19 to 131.12 percent.

“Our trade laws are designed to restore fair market conditions,” said Geenen. “China and other countries have been dumping products into our market to steal our jobs. We won’t tolerate unfair foreign trade practices that hurt our families and the businesses in our communities. We will never let up the fight for our members’ jobs. Today’s decisions validate our charges and ensure that our members, who work hard and play by the rules, will continue to earn a decent living.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors.

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Hundreds of Steelworkers come together in solidarity https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/hundreds-of-steelworkers-come-together-in-solidarity Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:37:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/hundreds-of-steelworkers-come-together-in-solidarity Several hundred USW members from different locals and industries came together at the USW headquarters to rally for a fair contract for Steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, who are currently negotiating a new contract with the company after the previous one expired on June 30.

ATI Rally July 30, 2015, Downtown PittsburghThe crowd included workers at ATI from locals in Leechburg, Brackenridge, Washington, Midland and Latrobe, Pa. A number of Boilermakers, Iron Workers, Healthcare Workers and Public Sector Workers were standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters at ATI as well.

Prior to the march to ATI headquarters, USW locals and officers gathered in the courtyard outside USW headquarters, where the crowd heard from a number of speakers, including USW International Vice President Thomas Conway.

“If this company wants to fight, we’re going to show them an old school labor fight,” Conway said to the crowd, which was cheering and holding various signs showing solidarity. “If you’re going to pick a fight with a union, [USW is] the last union you should pick a fight with because we know how to do this.”

For the Steelworkers at ATI, a fair contract is more than just fairness for the employees themselves, but for their families. ATI has proposed a contract that hikes up the premiums of the workers’ insurance, causing potential financial burden, especially for families with children or any individuals who have been diagnosed with illness, disease or disorder.

“I’m not going to be intimidated,” Karl Brendle, member of Local 1138 announced to his brothers and sisters. “It is time that ATI chooses workers and families over corporate greed.”

Hundreds of Steelworkers then took to the streets, marching to ATI Headquarters in PPG Place. On the march along Boulevard of the Allies, a number of supporters were taking pictures and cheering in solidarity. Several local news stations and newspaper reporters were covering the rally, where chants of “What do we want? A fair contract! When do we want it? Now!,” “Stand up! Fight back!,” and “We are ONE!” were shouted by the Steelworkers.

The Steelworkers even saw solidarity from a bus driver who was waiting for the crowd to pass at the intersection of Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street, as she honked several times and waved from the driver’s seat.

Louis A. Bonnoni, President of Local 1138 – 3 & 4 took an unpaid day off to support the Steelworkers battling for a fair contract with ATI, even though he works for Akers National Roll Company in Avonmore, Pa.

“This [rally] means the world to me. Unions help people have fairer jobs, support and healthcare,” Bonnoni said. “USW has taught me to grow in solidarity and support other unions.”

USW Local 7894 and Ball Inc. join together to Supply Local Food Bank https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-7894-and-ball-inc-join-together-to-supply-local-food-bank Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:26:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/usw-local-7894-and-ball-inc-join-together-to-supply-local-food-bank

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7894 Women of Steel took the lead in organizing and working on a Canned Food Drive for the upper East TN/Western Virginia area Bristol Food Pantry (BPF). Chuck Perdue, Ball Bristol Human Resources manager made the following statement about the leadership of LU 7894 Women of Steel: “They make such a difference in our local community. The Food Drive would not have happened without their unwavering support.”

The employees and members of USW LU 7894 donated 3,726 pounds of canned food for those in need in the Bristol area. Ball Corporation will donate a matching check to the BFP for $3,726.

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ITC must act to stop China’s predatory tire trade practices https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/itc-must-act-to-stop-chinas-predatory-tire-trade-practices Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:22:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/itc-must-act-to-stop-chinas-predatory-tire-trade-practices Courtesy of The Hill

By Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Once again producers and workers making passenger vehicle and light truck tires in America are in danger.  China has targeted the market with millions of dumped and subsidized tire imports that are killing jobs and reducing wages.  They undermine the principles of free trade and free enterprise by ignoring the rules that they promised to uphold.  It’s time for our government to say: enough is enough.

Recently we asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to recognize the injury that the industry and its workers have experienced, along with the injury inflicted on the communities where they work and live.  Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Department of Commerce reaffirmed its view that Chinese tire makers have been dumping and subsidizing sales into our market, with rates ranging from 30 to 169 percent.  Commerce, after a careful investigation of the facts, actually increased the preliminary amount of subsidies and dumping that they had calculated shortly after the cases were filed.  Still, China has decided to build up the size and scope of its industry and ship its unfairly-priced tires here to keep its companies producing and workers employed … more

#USWMade Fourth of July Quiz https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/uswmade-fourth-of-july-quiz2 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:00:00 -0600 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2015/uswmade-fourth-of-july-quiz2 Did you spot the USW-made products in our Fourth of July picnic?

Look below the picture to see the answers.


1. Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil, made by Local Union 155 in District 8.

2. Vanity Fair napkins, made by many Steelworker locals across the U.S. who work for Georgia-Pacific.

3. Chinet paper plates, made by many Steelworker locals across the U.S. who work for Huhtamaki.

4. Morton Salt, made by Local Union 12606 in District 11.

5. Pyrex, made by Local Union 1304 in District 4.

6. Cucto knife, made by Local Union 5429 in District 4.

7. Solo Cup, made by Local Union 2-169 in District 2.

8. Corelle plate, made by Local Union 1304 in District 4.

*Bonus points to those who also noticed the Chinet cups in the upper left corner, made by Steelworker locals across the U.S. who work for Huhtamaki.