United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed Liquid error: undefined method `match' for nil:NilClass AMPS en hourly 1 SOAR Members Fight to Preserve Union Rights in Missouri https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/soar-members-fight-to-preserve-union-rights-in-missouri Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:03:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/soar-members-fight-to-preserve-union-rights-in-missouri Big business thought they won the fight to make Missouri the next so-called “Right to Work” state when Senate Bill 19 was signed into law by former Governor Eric Greitens who was forced to resign in June after being indicted and arrested for a number of federal offenses.

Needless to say, things don’t always go as planned.

Missouri’s “Right to Work” law was slated to take effect on August 28, 2017, and would have allowed workers who were covered by a union contract to opt out of paying dues to a union. In the labor movement, this practice is typically referred to as “freeloading.”

However, the labor movement assembled a massive campaign that gathered more than 310,000 signatures, making it possible for voters to stop this controversial law when they vote “NO” on “Proposition A” in the pivotal August 7 primary elections.

The Proposition A initiative was originally supposed to appear on the November 6 general election ballot. However, Missouri Republicans wanted to avoid turning out labor voters in the crucial November elections; so, they passed legislation that would move the vote to the August 7 primary.

Bill Finkle, Legislative Chair for SOAR Chapter 34-3 in Kansas City, recently told us about how he and other USW retirees have been involved in every aspect of this campaign, including collecting petitions, gathering ‘Vote NO’ pledge cards, distributing yard signs, and door-to-door canvassing. Bill even plans to distribute ‘Vote NO’ signs to polling locations on Election Day.

Bill also gave high praise to the leadership of  USW District 11 Director, Emil Ramirez, and to SOAR activists like Pammela Wright in West Plains, Janet Kirk (34-3 President) in Sugar Creek, and Delbert Phillips (11-6 President) and Tim Schleinger (11-6 Treasurer) in Scott City.

“They (anti-worker legislators) thought they were smart when they moved the vote on Prop A to August 7. They thought union voters weren’t going to turn out to vote against it.  We intend to prove them wrong!” Finkle said.

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Top: Delbert “Griz” Phillips, SOAR Chapter 11-6 President and Tim Schleinger, SOAR Chapter 11-6 Treasurer.

Bottom from left to right: Richard Craighead, SOAR Chapter 34-3; David Meinell, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans President; and Bill Finkle, SOAR Chapter 34-3 Treasurer.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming Refinery Joins USW’s Triangle of Prevention Program to Improve Safety through Employee Involvement https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/cheyenne-wyoming-refinery-joins-usws-triangle-of-prevention-program-to-improve-safety-through-employee-involvement Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/cheyenne-wyoming-refinery-joins-usws-triangle-of-prevention-program-to-improve-safety-through-employee-involvement Like many companies, HollyFrontier in Cheyenne, Wyo., used behavioral safety programs to address health and safety conditions at its plant.

Such programs focus on worker behavior. If an incident occurs, the worker is blamed for causing it. HollyFrontier used Behavioral Science Technology (BST).

The USW encourages replacement of behavior-based approaches with programs that focus instead on identifying and fixing hazardous conditions.

Using BST did not seem to improve HollyFrontier’s safety record, so three years ago the company started looking for a new safety and health program, said Local 11-574 member Nathan Smith.

Getting a Commitment

Smith said that when Local 11-574 suggested TOP to local HollyFrontier plant management, the company did not want to look at the program. The plant manager had worked at another facility that had TOP, but he was unsure if he wanted the program at the Cheyenne refinery.

“Our safety record was poor. When the guys in Dallas (HollyFrontier corporate headquarters) said to Cheyenne management: ‘You guys need to get a program in there,’ local management started looking at TOP,” Smith said.

“It took one-and-a-half years of talking about TOP and pushing for it before we finally got it in here,” he added.

TOP Rollout at HollyFrontier

TOP will be rolled out at the Cheyenne refinery the last two weeks of this month. During the week of Aug. 20, union leadership and management will learn the details of the program.  TOP will be rolled out to the entire plant the week of Aug. 27. 

Steve Doherty and Linda Cook from the USW Tony Mazzocchi Center (TMC) will conduct the training. Doherty is the TMC program administrator and Cook is the TMC training coordinator.

Smith, who used to be chairman of the workmen’s committee and who is now on the negotiating committee, said he likes how TOP gets down to the root cause of near misses and incidents.

“If we can do away with the root causes we have, one-by-one, we think it will help our safety record tremendously,” he said.

Smith also likes how TOP helps the local keep the company accountable for providing a safe workplace and maintaining a full staff.

“You can blame a worker for anything, but when it comes down to it, you have to have a safe place to work and management provides that for you.”

Pictured: Photos from a previous TOP rollout.

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USW Members Help Children in Need https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/usw-members-help-children-in-need Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:55:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/usw-members-help-children-in-need Some 17 USW members this week helped underprivileged kids get ready to start the school year right, participating in the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) sponsored “Back 2 School” event in Pittsburgh.

Steelworkers from Local 3657, all staff at the International headquarters, helped tear down and clean up the NCJW’s back-to-school “store” where elementary students from pre-qualified families can shop for free clothes, school supplies, shoes, coats and more while their parents learn about resources to help their families.

“We are proud to be able to say that Steelworkers will never turn down an opportunity to help when we can,” said USW International Vice President Fred Redmond. “Community service has always had a place in our union, and we are committed to building a culture of service throughout the union. USW staff and members know the importance of community building and giving back. It’s all about making life better for everyone.”

This is the fourth year the Pittsburgh chapter of the NCJW has hosted the event, helping almost 600 children and their families with the assistance of roughly 400 volunteers.

 “The event was a huge success, the looks on the kids’ faces were incredible to see,” said Meredith Brown of the NCJW Pittsburgh. “I took a girl around the store and she couldn’t believe that she got to get both a winter hat and gloves because every year she’s had to pick one or the other.”

For more information on USW’s community involvement please go to usw.org/uswcares.

For more information on NCJW and how to volunteer please visit NCJWpgh.org.

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National Oil Bargaining Kickoff Begins Now! https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/national-oil-bargaining-kickoff-begins-now Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:45:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/national-oil-bargaining-kickoff-begins-now Click here for more NOBP resources.

The oil industry is the most powerful industrial sector in the world. It influences elections, public policy and U.S. affairs overseas.

Negotiating with oil giants requires unions to mobilize and exercise their solidarity. That’s why USW oil locals and units are kicking off their bargaining preparation this summer and fall with one-day kickoff sessions.

Locals are encouraged to send as many members as possible to these sessions so they can have local union activists in the plants during local bargaining.

Each kickoff session covers the National Oil Bargaining Program (NOBP) and what’s expected in this round of bargaining; the communication tools available to local unions; the communication channels that can be accessed during national bargaining; company contingency plans and what to look for; basic strike preparation; how to build alliances with local and global allies; and solidarity actions to support bargaining.

Increasing Communication

Trevor Turner from Local 241 at the HollyFrontier refinery in El Dorado, Kan., and Mike Adams from Local 12-477 at Suncor’s Commerce City, Colo., refinery attended Building Power kickoff sessions for the first time and are acting on what they learned.

Both locals set up a Communication & Action Team (CAT) that involves direct contact with members and person-to-person communication. Information flows down from the bargaining committee to the CAT coordinator to the CAT shift leaders to the CAT members and eventually all members. It also flows up from the members through the chain to the bargaining committee.

“I think that CAT will be the most beneficial method for us to get communications out as needed,” Turner said.

He plans to test the communication network, and said he is excited about using text messages to get information out to the local as well.

“We can have our own local text number so we can text messages to our group only,” Turner said. “I have a good 95 percent of the membership’s cell numbers.”

He also collected members’ personal email addresses and is adding them to the local’s database so information can be sent via email as well.

Turner said the local plans to write a daily update on local and national bargaining and have CAT distribute it. When he and other workmen’s committee members return from the NOBP conference, they will send an update so members understand the oil bargaining policy arising from the meetings and have an idea what to expect.

“It’s got to be a two-way street to get buy-in from the membership, so we will be getting feedback from them as well throughout negotiations,” Turner said.

The local also is engaging in community outreach activities, such as buying school supplies for teachers.

“There are all kinds of things schools do not supply because of their budgets,” Turner said. “A large number of guys in the refinery have wives who are teachers. We’ve had some teachers help out with what to buy. We’ve been buying mass quantities of supplies, and teachers can pick out items they need at the hall.”

Involving More Members

“We built a CAT team during the kickoff session,” said Adams. “We sent out the first surveys two weeks ago to the bargaining committee members, and they will get it to the CAT in their areas.

“It helps members feel like they’re being heard. We’re having them deliver their completed surveys to bargaining committee members,” he added.

The first survey asked members their top five issues, and the second survey will replicate the first one and be sent out this fall.

“Communication can always be better. That’s why we are doing the survey a couple of times. We are contacting 100 percent of the oil workers at our refinery,” Adams said. “We don’t want them to hear they have a voice; we want them to know they have a voice.”

He said the local tried CAT teams in the past, but they fizzled out. “That’s why we are trying to set one up now instead of the second week of December, so we can work the bugs out before we get to the point where it’s critical.”

Adams emphasized that the local’s message must stay accurate and consistent from the bargaining committee to the last person hearing it through CAT.

“A smaller group delivering the message keeps it consistent and accurate,” he said.

He also plans to test the local’s CAT by using it to pass out stacks of cards with the text number written on them. He will text a message to see if it goes only to the oil workers in this amalgamated local.

“We really want to use as many tools as we can this time to communicate,” he said.

The local has a group Facebook page with 12 administrators to monitor negative remarks and false information.

“The members seem to like it that they’ll be more engaged this time,” Adams said. “That’s why I am encouraged and excited to work on communication.”

Click here for more NOBP resources.

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District 12 delegates gather for classes, planning for future https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/district-12-delegates-gather-for-classes-planning-for-future Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:06:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/district-12-delegates-gather-for-classes-planning-for-future Members and leaders from locals in District 12 are gathering this week for the region's educational conference in San Diego.

Delegates are attending daily classes and plenary sessions where they are hearing from USW leaders and others. District 12 Director Bob LaVenture, Canadian National Director Ken Neumann, USW Internatinal Vice President Fred Redmond and District 4 Director John Shinn were among the opening day speakers. They called on delegates to invest in the next generation of Steelworkers by mentoring and helping give young members space to be active in the union. Growing the union through creative organizing and learning new skills also were themes. Workshops included financial training and health and safety training. Check out these photos from the conference by clicking on the photo below:  

2018 USW District 12 Conference

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Thousands at the Ohio Statehouse Rally to Save Our Pensions! https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/thousands-at-the-ohio-statehouse-rally-to-save-our-pensions Mon, 30 Jul 2018 11:45:43 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/thousands-at-the-ohio-statehouse-rally-to-save-our-pensions A massive crowd, estimated at over 15,000, descended on the Ohio Statehouse July 12, in Columbus, demanding that a rapidly growing crisis in our nation’s pension system be fixed. A sea of camo shirts and caps, worn by miners, filled the open area in front of the statehouse while chants of “Fix It” echoed off the surrounding buildings, as the “Rally to Save Our Pensions” kicked off. Thousands of blue-shirted Teamster retirees, victims of huge pension cuts, filled out the crowd.

Union singer Mike Pomeroy, from West Virginia, had demonstrators singing lines from a Woody Guthrie song: “This land was made for you and me,” they sang. It became clear, however, that ‘this land,’ as now constructed, belongs to billionaires, something this crowd intended to change.

The statehouse, according to Mark Fluharty, Executive Director of the Central Ohio Labor Council, “looks like it did during Issue 2 fight a few years ago.  That’s how OUR house should look!”

Fluharty was referring to the massive labor-led referendum in 2011 that overturned a Republican effort to force a “right-to-work,” anti-labor bill onto Ohio’s workers. This rally, like the huge Issue 2 fight, showed a myriad of colors - including purple SEIU shirts and red CWA colors. Steelworkers were in blue while building trade groups, wearing their hard hats, were outfitted in work gear.

The rally was called to coincide with a field hearing the following day by the Senate Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Plans, of which both Ohio’s U.S. Senators, Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R), are members. That committee was created by the Senate to attempt to reach consensus on a plan to save workers’ pensions from multiemployer plans. A massive, and growing, crisis has developed over the past decade, as large numbers of multiemployer pension plans saw a wave of bankruptcies and failures after the housing crisis hit.

The crisis was made far worse by the GOP majority in Congress in 2014, when they passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act, (MEPA) allowing, for the first time, cuts in pension plans taken over by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, the government agency set up to take over failing pension plans, and distribute funds to pensioners. Some retirees saw their pensions cut down to $150-200 per month. Worse still, their healthcare was also taken away.  The field hearing will deal with pension plans covering 1.5 million Americans, over 60,000 from Ohio.

“This is shameful, immoral,” said Ohio State Representative, Hearcel Craig. “Government is supposed to help people, not legislate to destroy their families. It has become government by and for the billionaires, while they break contracts with our people!” Hearcel, who has represented District 26 of the Ohio State House since 2015, is the Democratic candidate for District 15 of the Ohio State Senate.

A large pension rights movement, led by rank and file retirees and workers, is spreading across the nation in response to the pension cuts. “It isn’t just retirees themselves and their families who are hurt by these cuts,” according to Norm Wernet, president of Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans.

There were huge cheers when Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s name was mentioned from the stage. Sherrod has introduced legislation, the Butch Lewis Act, to raise federal monies to be used to strengthen funding of the PBGC, which holds the failed plans, and to protect the multiemployer plans. 

The bill, if enacted, would create a low-interest 30-year federal loan to troubled pension plans, with no cuts to retiree’s benefits; however, it failed to get bipartisan support. As with all economic issues, GOP proposals to address the issue put the entire burden on retirees, proposing even further pension cuts.

“We tried to tell everyone 20 years ago when this was happening to us, that they’d all be next,” said retired steelworker and SOAR leader, Butch Deems. “Now, everyone else is ‘next!’”

“We learned long ago that we had to stand together, united, if we are to win, and that these corporations are not here to give us anything. Everything we have, we’ve had to fight for,” stated Ohio Labor Federation President Tim Burga at the rally. “This is the People’s House!  We have to come here every once in a while and remind the folks here about that. I want to thank you all for reminding them all of that today!” 

Dave Fields is a miner that got hit by the pension cuts, and traveled here from North Carolina to have his voice heard. He is a lifelong Republican and supported the president during his election campaign in 2016. Never again,” Fields said! “We had a contract, and I worked 40 years, with my contractually guaranteed pension waiting on me. During his campaign, the president promised to help us, but instead, he passes his tax cut(s) for the billionaires and forgets about us.”   

“When you won’t stand up for something, Martin Luther King told us that we’d lay down for anything. Those great powers that be,” UMWA President Cecil Roberts told the fired-up crowd, “told us, when we faced far harsher conditions, ‘You can’t win!’ So, we organized and we fought!  We won our union! They told us when we all joined together to fight for civil rights, ‘You can’t win, give up!’  So we organized and we fought, united, and we won!  Always, the powers tell us that we can’t win, that we shouldn’t organize, we shouldn’t fight. However, we organized, we fought, and we won because we stood together united! We’re organized, we’re fighting, and we are going to win!

USW Rapid Response and SOAR are keeping up the efforts to protect retirement security. Click here to learn learn more about the USW’s Protect Our Pensions Campaign.

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Granite City and everywhere: we've been leading fight for fair trade for a long time https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/granite-city-and-everywhere-weve-been-leading-fight-for-fair-trade-for-a-long-time Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:30:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/granite-city-and-everywhere-weve-been-leading-fight-for-fair-trade-for-a-long-time Check out this video that shows how from Day One we have been fighting in Granite City, Ill., and everywhere for fair trade and good jobs.

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Atomic Council Elects Officers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/atomic-council-elects-officers Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:36:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/atomic-council-elects-officers Members attending the semi-annual meeting of the USW Atomic Energy Workers Council held March 21, 2018, in Washington, D.C., elected council officers for a three-year term.

  Jim Key, Local 8-550 Vice President, was reelected to be the Council’s President.
  Herman Potter, Local 1-689 former President, was reelected to be the Council’s Vice President.
  Ryan Christensen, Local 12-652 Unit Chair, was elected to be the Secretary-Treasurer. He is new to the council’s executive board.
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Joe Villines Retires After Servicing Paducah Local 8-550, Brandon Duncan To Take Over https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/joe-villines-retires-after-servicing-paducah-local-8-550 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:32:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/joe-villines-retires-after-servicing-paducah-local-8-550 Joe Villines, USW staff representative for District 8, had never dealt with the atomic industry before getting assigned to Local 8-550 at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.  He soon discovered it was a “whole different ballgame” from being a representative in the private sector.

First, he had to learn all the acronyms used during USW Atomic Energy Workers Council (AEWC) meetings. Then, he had to learn about the contractors and their relationship with the Department of Energy (DOE) career and appointed staff, along with the numerous regulations, executive orders, laws, and other governmental rules that applied at the site. It was not long before he became well-versed in the ways of the contractors and DOE bureaucracy.

He came out of the steel industry, and had been a local union officer for about 14 years at North Star Steel (later Gerdau Steel) in Calvert City, Ky. Gerdau purchased North Star in the early 2000’s and shut down the Calvert City plant in November 2016.

Villines spent 20 years as a staff representative, and retired May 1, 2018. He said he misses the people—the members, officers and staff—and the work that turns out well.

“They become your friends,” he said.

Before he retired, he worked with his replacement, Brandon Duncan, for a month-and-a-half.  He introduced Duncan to everyone and worked with him during that transition time.

“It was a great experience, and it was good to work with Joe,” Duncan said.

In July, Villines helped Duncan and the Paducah local with contract negotiations for the Mid-America Conversion Services (MCS) agreement. MCS is the contractor in charge of the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion project. DUF6 is being converted to more stable compounds for safe reuse and disposal.

Villines started the negotiations before he retired and they were on hold because both parties were waiting for a decision from the Department of Energy.

“We will certainly miss Joe’s valuable knowledge and experience in contract negotiations, along with his friendship,” said Local 8-550 Vice President Jim Key. Key is also president of the AEWC.

Besides easing the transition for Duncan and the local, Villines has had the chance to fish a little bit, travel to New Orleans with his wife for a few days, and do a lot of work around the house.

“When you’re working, you don’t have time to get stuff done,” he said. “One good thing about retirement is you can always say, ‘If I don’t get it done today, I can always get it done tomorrow.’”

Brandon Duncan Services Paducah Local 8-550

Before District 8 Staff Representative Joe Villines retired, he made sure that Brandon Duncan, his replacement, had met the people and sites he would encounter during his assignment.

“Joe was very helpful,” Duncan said. “Being a staff rep. is stressful and involves a lot of work, but I’ve had three excellent mentors to learn from: Kip Phillips, Ron Spann and Joe Villines.”

Kip Phillips headed the USW’s atomic sector before retiring several years ago, and Ron Spann was a District 9 staff representative.

“I can still lean on them,” Duncan said. “I’ve been blessed to have them not only in my personal life, but in my work life as well.

“The nuclear sector is tough to learn. It is very different from the private sector,” he added.

Like Villines, Duncan comes out of another industry. He started working at Evonik’s Calvert City, Ky., chemical plant in 1994 and joined the OCAW (now USW Local 8-727). Phillips also worked at that facility, and had been the local’s president while Duncan worked there.

In 2001, Duncan became a steward. The Local 8-727 membership elected him trustee in 2004, vice president in 2006 and president in 2009. He proudly served as union president of his amalgamated local until coming on staff in 2018. He is a graduate of the USW’s leadership training program.

“I truly miss my brothers and sisters of Local 8-727 with whom I served for 24 years,” Duncan said.

He was noted for concluding the local union meetings by saying these words: “Sometime this week say something good about your union brothers or sisters, and say something good about your UNION!”  

“It’s an honor to be a servicing representative for this great union,” Duncan added.

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Woman Trade Unionist Succeeds in Male-Dominated Profession https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/woman-trade-unionist-succeeds-in-male-dominated-profession Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:03:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/woman-trade-unionist-succeeds-in-male-dominated-profession Charlene Clarke, the new local 13173 president at Cameco’s Port Hope Conversion Facility in Ontario Canada, was one of the first women to take the Women of Steel instructor training class over 18 years ago.

“I realized I didn’t have to be one of the guys to get things done; I could be me,” she said.

Most of the employees are men at the uranium conversion facility, but that has not bothered Clarke.

“I’ve been lucky starting out in a man’s world and having some great mentors along the way,” she said.

Clarke has worked at Cameco for almost 21 years and is an analytical lab technician. She has been active in the local most of that time, and members elected her vice president twice.

A previous Local 13173 president recruited her to get involved in the local because there was a need for someone to speak up for health and safety.

Now, she conducts workplace safety and insurance board training for Prevention Link, an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour in Ontario that handles workers’ compensation. She also helps workers who get injured on the job, and is a champion of the site’s health and safety committee. Every Local 13173 executive board member is on a health and safety committee.

In addition, she is an instructor for the USW, training stewards and teaching Women of Steel classes and courses on health and safety. She also teaches safety at the Ontario-funded Workers Health and Safety Center.

About 200 members are in Clarke’s local. They work in maintenance, production, janitorial, clean-up, materials handling, technical services (analytical lab technicians and radiation environmental technicians), stores and operations.

In the next few years many will retire. “Part of our goal is to maintain those jobs. A lot of knowledge goes out the door with those guys. With each retirement, the company determines if it will replace the person,” Clarke said.

Fortunately, she said the senior guys are mentoring the next generation.

Port Hope Site Converts Uranium to Generate Canada’s Power

Cameco’s Port Hope Conversion Facility in Ontario Canada, is the only uranium conversion facility in Canada, and is located in southern Ontario, one hour east of Toronto. It converts UO3 uranium from Cameco’s Blind River refinery into UO2 for CANDU heavy water reactors in Canada. The UOis sent up the street to Cameco Fuel Manufacturing, which builds the fuel bundles that are shipped to CANDU reactors.

The site also converts UO3 into UF6. Robust transport cylinders are filled with the UF6, which solidifies within the cylinders, and is shipped to uranium enrichment plants that produce fuel for light water reactors. 

The processing of nuclear material began at the site in the 1930s as Eldorado Mining and Refining Ltd, a crown corporation. 

Now, the Port Hope Area Initiative is cleaning up the historic nuclear waste. Workers are remediating industrial and low-level radioactive waste and depositing it into long-term waste management facilities.

“Everyone is working together to ensure people are safe,” Clarke said. “It’s a balance of ensuring our jobs remain our jobs and that we protect everyone on our site.”

She said there is a union safety orientation for the contract positions and employees. Plus, the union gives safety and union awareness presentations to students who work at the site during the summer to encourage them to ask questions.

Clarke said the union and the company work well together on safety. “I think we have a good working relationship. It helps to understand each other’s interests, and if you’re working together, you can get farther along to solving problems.”

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Buttons Show Union Unity/Botones que muestran la unidad sindical https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/buttons-show-union-unity Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:20:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/buttons-show-union-unity The American Red Cross Union Coalition (ARC) has 4,500 members in nine unions working under dozens of local contracts.

Yet despite their diverse backgrounds, these union members have spent the past month showing they speak with one voice, sporting buttons at workplaces across the country that proclaim they are “United.”

The group, which includes members of USW Locals 254 and 9287 in Georgia and Alabama, has been in bargaining with the Red Cross since May 8.

Progress has been slow, and the button campaign, which began June 17, is intended to help inspire not only solidarity, but community engagement, said Local 254 President Darryl Ford, who represents the USW at national bargaining.

“There are only two things that are going to make management move—their reputation and money,” said Ford. “We need [blood] donors to start calling in.”

The button campaign was a first step, said Ford, and the group, which primarily staffs the Red Cross’s blood drives, is now discussing other strategies to support negotiations.

The ARC ratified its first ever national agreement in 2015. The national agreement and all local agreements expire Sept. 30.


En español:

La Coalición del Sindicato de la Cruz Roja Estadounidense (ARC por sus siglas en inglés) tiene 4.500 miembros en nueve sindicatos, que trabajan bajo docenas de contratos locales.

Sin importar sus diversos orígenes, estos miembros del sindicato han pasado el último mes demostrando que hablan a una sola voz, llevando botones en los lugares de trabajo alrededor del país para proclamar que están "Unidos".

El grupo, que incluye a miembros de los Locales 254 y 9287 de la USW en Georgia y Alabama, ha estado negociando con la Cruz Roja desde el 8 de mayo.

El progreso ha sido lento, y la campaña de botones, que comenzó el 17 de junio, tiene como fin ayudar a inspirar no solo solidaridad, sino también la participación de la comunidad, dijo el Presidente del Local 254, Darryl Ford, quien representa a USW en las negociaciones nacionales.

"Hay solo dos cosas que harán que la gerencia haga algo: su reputación y su dinero", dijo Ford. "Necesitamos que los donadores [de sangre] empiecen a llamar".

La campaña de botones fue el primer paso, dijo Ford, y el grupo, que principalmente suministra personal a las campañas de donación de sangre de la Cruz Roja, ahora está platicando sobre estrategias para apoyar las negociaciones.

La ARC ratificó su primer acuerdo nacional en 2015. El acuerdo nacional y todos los acuerdos locales vencen el 30 de septiembre.

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District 11 delegates discuss future of union, honor past https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/district-11-delegates-discuss-future-of-union-honor-past Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:55:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/district-11-delegates-discuss-future-of-union-honor-past Hundreds of members from around District 11 -- Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming -- gathered for the district conference for days of education and reflection.

Delegates heard from speakers including Director Emil Ramirez, International Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson and various staff who discussed ways to build the union. Classes focused on giving members skills to help better organize and serve fellow members and fight growing corporate and political attacks. 

USW retirees and some active members of Local 164L, who held the line during a hard-fought strike against Titan Tire, were honored along with members and retirees of Local 310L who had a tought fight with Firestone. Local 310L strike started in July 1994 until they returned to work in May 1995, without a contract. Local 164L endured a strike that started on May 1, 1998, and lasted until September 27, 2001.

Ramirez and Johnson reminded delegates, which included several young Next Generation members, that these brothers and sisters paved the way for members of today and showcased courage as they stood up for all workers. 

View photos from the conference on our Flickr page or in the slide show below. (Photos courtesy of Erica Dietz of UnionPix.)

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Paperworkers Kick Off Bargaining Conference https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/paperworkers-kick-off-bargaining-conference Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/paperworkers-kick-off-bargaining-conference Hundreds of USW paperworkers representing 600 locals from across North America kicked off the USW’s paper sector conference on Tuesday, July 17, in Pittsburgh with a plenary session that focused on improving health and safety in one of the union’s most dangerous industries.

The paper industry sees more worker fatalities than any other in the USW, said Assistant to the International President Leeann Foster, who coordinates bargaining in the paper sector.

Paper ConferenceTo highlight the importance of safety in the paper industry, the 2018 National Paper Bargaining Conference began with a video honoring the 11 members who lost their lives in the sector since the previous conference in April 2016, as well as a tribute to two members who suffered severed limbs in tragic workplace incidents.

International Vice President Jon Geenen, who oversees the union’s paper sector, told the delegation that safety was far from the only challenge facing the union – politicians and powerful big-money interests are pushing bills designed to legislate the labor movement out of existence. Members must fight for each other every day – in and out of the workplace – to keep that from happening, he said.

“The theme of this conference is ‘We Have Each Other’s Backs,’” Geenen said. “Remember - paying dues isn’t what makes you a union member. It’s standing up for each other.”

The conference agenda was aimed at building solidarity across the industry, setting collective bargaining goals and holding training programs aimed at building stronger local unions and safer workplaces.

Members will spend much of the week examining and updating the union’s safety bargaining agenda, including items such as making sure members have the right to refuse unsafe work, the right to participate in and develop safety programs in their plants, and the right to know what potentially hazardous materials are in their workplaces.

International President Leo W. Gerard will address the delegates on Thursday morning.

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Supreme Court Pick Dangerous for Workers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/supreme-court-pick-dangerous-for-workers Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:37:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/supreme-court-pick-dangerous-for-workers USW legislative representative Anna Fendley and progressive talk show host Leslie Marshall last week discussed Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and his anti-worker record that should disqualify him for the position.

“There are a number of red flags in a number of areas particularly for working people,” said Fendley, “from the right to organize, to the right to a safe workplace.”

Fendley cited a long list of cases in which Kavanaugh sided with employers over workers, including a high-profile case in which a trainer at Sea World was killed by a whale.

In that case, Kavanaugh claimed that Sea World was not responsible for the worker’s safety, even though the whale that killed the trainer was previously involved in the deaths of three other people.

What’s even more concerning than Kavanaugh’s track record of siding with employers is that in doing so, he’s almost always offering a dissenting opinion. “He’s out of step with the other judges on this issue,” said Fendley. “He is not main stream on worker safety.”

It’s important, Fendley said, for people to call their elected officials and tell them their concerns.

“We all as citizens of this country need to weigh in with the Senate and oppose his nomination,” she said.

Listen to the full interview below. 

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Empowered women empower women: District 11 conference spreads message of inclusion https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/empowered-women-empower-women-district-11-conference-spreads-message-of-inclusion Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:57:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/empowered-women-empower-women-district-11-conference-spreads-message-of-inclusion Empowered women empower women.

This was the theme of the District 11 Women of Steel Conference in Altoona, Iowa, where 56 sisters from across the district gathered for a weekend of educational courses, informative speeches, fellowship and support.
 
"The message was for our sisters to know there is a place for them in our Union, to provide them with education and begin the networking process between the sisters from all sectors within our nine states," said Cathy Drummond, the district's Women of Steel coordinator.
 
District 11 Director Emil Ramirez in his closing speech to the delegates said that the Union is a place where everyone should feel welcome and have the opportunity to work for a better life. He said he'd like to see more diversity at all levels of the Union.
 
"We need to do better at making sure our leadership reflects who we are: regardless of your gender, age, race, sexuality or anything else. There is room for everyone in our Union and we are truly stronger together," he said. 
 
Check out photos from the conference on our Flickr page and below. (Photos by Erica Dietz of Union Pix.)

 

 

2018 D11 Women's Conference-DAY ONE

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Kaiser Alliance Rallies for New Contract, Safe Staffing/Kaiser Alliance busca nuevo contrato y provisión segura de personal https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/kaiser-alliance-rallies-for-new-contract-safe-staffing Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:39:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/kaiser-alliance-rallies-for-new-contract-safe-staffing Patients and workers both need adequate staffing levels: so patients can receive quality care, and workers can safely do their jobs.

That’s why some 500 members of Local 7600 on July 8 boarded buses and traveled across southern California to the city of Costa Mesa, to rally in support of bargaining with Kaiser Permanente.

The group joined 2,000 other union members, all part of the newly formed Alliance of Health Care Unions (AHCU), as they sought a new national agreement that matches industry-leading working conditions and wages with the industry-leading care these workers provide.

Healthy workers, healthy patients

The atmosphere at the rally was energetic, as union members flooded the ballroom and hallways of the Hilton Orange County hotel, bearing signs reading “fair contract now” and “healthy workers, healthy patients.”

The group even filled the overflow room, making it one of the largest, most successful solidarity actions the group has undertaken.

“It was amazing to see so many Steelworkers,” said Local 7600 President Valery Robinson. “I haven’t seen that many union members together in one place in a long time.”

Robinson said the gathering was about more than just bargaining; it was about reflecting on what it means to be a caregiver.

Union health care members, she said, “give back, not just at work, but in their communities.”

Speaking at the rally about her local’s extensive work with the area food bank, Robinson reminded the assembled group this level of community outreach was only possible because of the stable working conditions provided by a good, union contract.

Alliance refashioned

The roughly 7,000 members of Local 7600 in March left their previous Kaiser coalition and, with seven other like-minded unions, formed the AHCU, which represents some 45,000 union members in hundreds of job classifications in nearly every geographic area Kaiser has a presence.

Bargaining began May 22, and the USW’s local agreement expires Oct. 1. National bargaining will reconvene Aug. 28-29.

To hear Local 7600 members tell their own stories about the importance of safe staffing, click here.


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Los pacientes y trabajadores necesitan niveles suficientes de provisión de personal, a fin de que los pacientes puedan recibir atención de calidad, y los trabajadores puedan realizar sus labores de forma segura.

Es por eso que este pasado 8 de julio aproximadamente 500 miembros del Local 7600 se subieron a autobuses y viajaron a través del sur de California hasta la ciudad de Costa Mesa, para apoyar las negociaciones con Kaiser Permanente.

El grupo se unió a otros 2.000 miembros de sindicatos, todos parte de la recién formada Alianza de Sindicatos del Sector de la Salud (AHCU por sus siglas en inglés), en la búsqueda de un nuevo acuerdo nacional que haga que las condiciones de trabajo y los salarios concuerden con los cuidados líderes de la industria que estos trabajadores brindan.

Trabajadores sanos, pacientes sanos

La atmósfera en el mitin fue enérgica, pues los miembros del sindicato inundaron la sala de eventos y los pasillos del hotel Hilton Orange County, llevando pancartas que decían "contratos justos ya" y "trabajadores sanos, pacientes sanos".

El grupo incluso rebasó la sala, lo que convirtió esta acción solidaria en una de las más grandes y exitosas que el grupo ha realizado.

"Fue maravilloso ver a tantos trabajadores de la industria del acero", dijo Valery Robinson, presidenta del Local 7600. "No había visto tantos miembros de sindicatos juntos en un solo lugar en mucho tiempo".

Robinson dijo que la reunión se trató de algo más que solo negociar; también fue para reflexionar lo que significa ser una persona dedicada al cuidado de la salud.

Los miembros del sindicato del sector de la salud, dice Robinson, "le dan mucho a la gente, no solo en su trabajo, sino en sus comunidades también".

Al hablar en el mitin sobre el extenso trabajo de su local con el banco de alimentos de la zona, Robinson le recordó al grupo reunido que este nivel de alcance comunitario solo es posible gracias a las condiciones de trabajo estable que brinda un buen contrato del sindicato.

Alliance, con cambios

Los aproximadamente 7.000 miembros del Local 7600 dejaron en marzo su coalición previa con Kaiser, y junto con otros siete sindicatos con ideas en común, formaron la AHCU, que representa a aproximadamente 45.000 miembros de sindicatos de cientos de clasificaciones de trabajo en casi todas las áreas geográficas en las que Kaiser tiene presencia.

Las negociaciones comenzaron el 22 de mayo, y el acuerdo local de USW vence el 1 de octubre. Las negociaciones nacionales se reanudarán el 28-29 de agosto.

Para escuchar a los miembros del Local 7600 contar sus propias historias sobre la importancia de la provisión segura de personal, haga clic aquí.

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Massachusetts Communities Halt Non-Emergency Gas Work, Demand Scrutiny Following National Grid Lockout of Experienced Workers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/massachusetts-communities-halt-non-emergency-gas-work-demand-scrutiny-following-national-grid-lockout-of-experienced-workers Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:03:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/massachusetts-communities-halt-non-emergency-gas-work-demand-scrutiny-following-national-grid-lockout-of-experienced-workers Media Contact: Michael Sherry, msherry@oneillandassoc.com, 617-646-1026 

Citing public safety concerns, more Massachusetts cities and towns are halting or delaying non-emergency gas work following National Grid’s lockout of 1,200 of its most experienced employees.

Among the communities temporarily stopping or reviewing non-emergency natural gas projects are Somerville, Lowell, Braintree, Medford, Malden and Haverhill. These decisions come as the gas workers of USW Locals 12003 and 12012 continue to observe significant safety violations by management and replacement contractors after National Grid decided to lock out its experienced workers on June 24th.

In Haverhill, city councilors voiced their support for gas workers, reportedly calling National Grid’s lockout “rotten,” “pathetic” and “reprehensible.”

In Lowell, city councilors also raised safety concerns during a recent city council meeting. “I don’t like workers being locked out from their jobs…I have concerns about employees and oversight. There are some issues of risk,” Lowell City Councilor Rodney Elliot reportedly said during that meeting.

In Somerville, the city issued a directive to staff stating that no non-emergency permit should be issued to National Grid without undergoing an additional stringent review process. Specifically, it cited concerns that an “outside contractor under supervision of National Grid staff unfamiliar with our standard operating procedure would likely create significant constituent impacts and could potentially result in unsafe conditions.”

And the town of Braintree issued a resolution in support of gas workers that calls for increased safety inspections and no new permits for gas construction projects during the lockout.

“We’re pleased that elected leaders are stepping up to protect public safety while National Grid is acting so irresponsibly. Massachusetts cities and towns deserve to have natural gas work performed by experienced employees rather than inexperienced replacement contractors,” said USW Local 12003 President Joe Kirylo. “We hope more communities will enact similar policies, particularly since this public safety risk was 100 percent avoidable. We offered to extend our current contract so experienced employees can continue to work during negotiations, but National Grid refused.”

In all, more than a dozen safety violations have been reported to the Department of Public Utilities since the beginning of the lockout.

“Our members have observed and reported serious safety violations that threaten contractors and residents, so it makes sense that elected officials want to take steps to minimize the risks to their communities,” said John Buonopane, President of USW Local 12012. “These safety violations committed by replacement contractors are very real and communities are rightly concerned, especially since the lockout is completely preventable. It’s deeply concerning that National Grid is willing to jeopardize public safety so needlessly and recklessly.”

A variety of safety violations have been observed since the lockout began. In Lowell, a third-party contractor was twice observed excavating within 200 feet of a National Grid high pressure regulator pit, and without a National Grid inspector onsite. A backhoe in Malden operated by a company contractor was photographed driving on roads without registration, license plates, or any identifying information.

In Amesbury, National Grid replacement workers filled emergency valves with sand in violation of the company’s own operations and maintenance manual. These valves must be kept clear so that gas can be quickly shut off in case of emergency.

USW Locals 12003 and Local 12012 represent about 1,250 gas workers in more than 85 Massachusetts cities and towns. It’s unclear why National Grid chose to lockout workers in 2018. The unions’ previous contract with National Grid expired in February 2016. A new contract was not ratified until five months later in July. There was no lockout during that time because National Grid agreed to the unions’ contract extension offer, which allowed experienced workers to continue doing their jobs.

“It’s disturbing that National Grid would be so eager to lock out the experienced workers who are responsible every day for delivering competent, safe and reliable gas service,” added Kirylo. “National Grid made billions of dollars in profits last year and the company just got a massive tax cut from the Trump Administration. Despite all of that, the company still refuses to negotiate a fair contract that protects public safety and quality, middle class jobs.”

For more information, please visit www.lockoutatnationalgrid.com

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District 7 SOAR Rallies to Keep Families Together https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/district-7-soar-rallies-to-keep-families-together Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:14:29 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/district-7-soar-rallies-to-keep-families-together On July 2, USW District 7 SOAR members, joined by the United Congregations of the Metro East (UCM) and other community allies, participated in a "Keep Families Together” demonstration outside of Congressman Mike Bost's (IL-12) office.

The purpose of the "Keep Families Together" rally was to call upon Congressman Bost to join the chorus of voices against a new "zero tolerance" policy being implemented by the current administration under the Department of Health and Human Services. Under this new policy, every migrant who entered the United States, without authorization, would be criminally prosecuted, even if no other crime had been committed.

This resulted in approximately 3,000 immigrant children being separated from their parents, while seeking asylum from gang violence and poverty in Central America and elsewhere. Labor unions, civil/immigrant rights groups, congregations, public health advocates, and Republican and Democratic legislators alike, cited concerns with humanitarian, public health, legal and logistical realities of continuing to separate immigrant children from their parents.

Prior to the administration's "zero tolerance" policy, migrant families were detained together, sent back immediately, or paroled into the United States - never separated.

Reluctantly, the president signed an Executive Order on June 20 to modify the implementation of the “zero tolerance” policy, so that families can be detained indefinitely, as opposed to separating children from their parents.

While the administration saw this action as a compromise, there continues to be public outcry over the continuation of “zero tolerance” approach to asylum seekers, as well as the administration’s failure to successfully reunite separated children with their parents.

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Local 4-200 Ratifies New Contract/El Local 4-200 ratifica nuevo contrato https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/local-4-200-ratifies-new-contract Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:56:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/local-4-200-ratifies-new-contract Members of Local 4-200 weren’t sure what to expect when they began negotiations in April with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ-UH) in New Brunswick, N.J., their first contract since the 2015 merger of RWJ and St. Barnabas Health Care System.

Local President Judy Danella said that unlike in previous negotiations, the company was represented by a lawyer rather than the human resources director, and to make sure they weren’t blindsided, the local began preparing for demands for concessions.

Instead, the group of some 1,450 nurses on June 29 ratified a strong contract that included across-the-board wage increases on top of step increases and bumps to shift differentials.

They also got language enhancements, including a uniform stipend and improvements to the grievance procedures. Best of all, Danella said, the local avoided major give-backs.

Union Strong

Danella credited the local’s unity and focus for the relatively smooth talks. “I think the company feels that we have a pretty strong union,” she said. “They see our nurses working in the hospital.”

The local was also able to capitalize on that visibility.

To support negotiations, “we gave out stethoscopes with ‘union strong’ printed on them,” said Renee Bacany, chief shop steward and member of the bargaining committee. “We also flooded the hospital with a couple thousand pens and magnets.”

The result was a good contract that beat expectations.

“People were worried we weren’t going to get anything because management kept telling us we were already highly paid,” said Danella, “but we did pretty well.”

Photos: (Top) Fumi Ogundare, an RN, votes on her first collective bargaining agreement as a member of the local.(Bottom) “Union strong” stethoscopes help show RWJ management that USW nurses mean business.


En español:

Los miembros del Local 4-200 no estaban seguros sobre qué esperar cuando comenzaron las negociaciones en abril con Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ-UH) en New Brunswick, N.J., su primer contrato desde la fusión en 2015 de RWJ y St. Barnabas Health Care System.

La presidenta del Local, Judy Danella dijo que a diferencia de negociaciones anteriores, la empresa tuvo la representación de un abogado en lugar del director de recursos humanos, y para asegurarse de que no se les hiciera caso omiso, el local comenzó a prepararse para las peticiones de concesiones.

En lugar de ello, el 29 de junio el grupo de aproximadamente 1,450 enfermeras ratificó un sólido contrato que incluía aumentos salariales generalizados, además de los aumentos escalonados e incrementos para los diferenciales de turnos.

También mejoraron los términos, al incluir un estipendio uniforme y mejoras a los procesos de agravios. Lo mejor de todo, dijo Danella, es que el local evitó retrocesos importantes.

La fuerza de la unidad

Danella le dio a la unidad y al enfoque del local el crédito de las pláticas relativamente suaves "Creo que la empresa siente que tenemos un sindicato muy fuerte" dijo. "Ven a nuestras enfermeras trabajando en el hospital".

El local también pudo aprovechar esa visibilidad.

Para apoyar las negociaciones, "regalamos estetoscopios con la frase 'la fuerza de la unidad' impresa", dijo Renee Bacany, administradora en jefe de la tienda y miembro del comité de negociación. "También inundamos el hospital con algunos miles de plumas e imanes".

El resultado fue un buen contrato, mejor de lo que esperábamos".

"La gente estaba preocupada de que no consiguiéramos nada porque la dirección nos decía una y otra vez que nuestros salarios ya eran muy altos", dijo Danella, "pero nos fue bastante bien".

Pies de foto:

Fumi Ogundare, enfermera registrada, vota en su primer contrato colectivo como miembro del local.

Los estetoscopios con la leyenda "Union strong" (la fuerza de la unión) ayudan a mostrarle a la dirección de RWJ que las enfermeras de USW van en serio.

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Keeping up the Efforts to Protect Retirement Security https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/keeping-up-the-efforts-to-protect-retirement-security Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:44:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2018/keeping-up-the-efforts-to-protect-retirement-security Retirement security remains a key focus of Rapid Response this year. The work began with a joint SOAR-Rapid Response action that ultimately generated over 20,000 postcards destined for U.S. Senators and Representatives. It continued at the 2018 Rapid Response and Legislative Conference in May, where retirement topics were featured. When hundreds of active and retired members descended upon Capitol Hill for meetings with lawmakers during that conference, we raised the issue and delivered the postcards.

Now, the effort continues with a push to protect the hard-earned benefits of our members in two financially troubled multiemployer pension plans*, the PACE Industry Union-Management Pension Fund (PIUMPF) and the National Integrated Group Pension Plan (NIGPP).

Protect Our Pensions Campaign

Our union has always played a key role in safeguarding retirement security. For example, the USW was central to the enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. That law created a government-run, privately-funded, insurance program to protect pension benefits called the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). When a crisis unfolded in the steel industry resulting in closure after closure, it was this law that ensured the pensions of impacted Steelworkers didn’t disappear. Prior to the law, there was no protection for workers.

Today, we have a new challenge. For some multiemployer pension plans, we’ve seen a perfect storm of hardships that’s pushed them from secure financial footing into distress. Plant closures from bad trade policy, a massive loss of assets due to the financial crisis of the Great Recession, and other factors have left PIUMPF and NIGPP in a troubled financial situation, putting the benefits of current and future retirees at risk without government action. This is an issue impacting many workers outside of our union as well. In total, a million people could see their pensions in jeopardy. The magnitude of the problem is putting the future solvency of a portion of the PBGC that deals with multiemployer plans into jeopardy.

Many of the circumstances that landed the plans in their current state had to do with government decisions and unforeseeable changes in industry. Government decisions also determine how these plans can operate. That’s why our union is actively involved once again in working with Congress to find solutions.

There is a bipartisan committee made up of Senators and Representatives who are tasked with developing recommendations and legislative language designed to significantly improve the solvency of multiemployer pension plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. They have until November 30, 2018. We’ve launched a campaign to encourage action and ensure that pensions are protected.

Get Involved!

If all or a part of your pension is in PIUMPF or NIGPP, please reach out to Rapid Response, either in your District or by calling 412-562-2291. We’re currently holding meetings and asking impacted members to write letters to key Senators and Representatives, along with other actions.

Not in either of those plans? We have other ways you can show solidarity. Feel free to contact your District Rapid Response Coordinator to get invovled.

The more we all speak out, the better our chances for a productive solution to all of our retirement security concerns, whether that’s regarding Social Security, Medicare, or our current fight over multiemployer pensions. We’ve worked too hard for our retirement. Let’s make sure it’s there for all of us.

*Multiemployer pension plans are created by collective bargaining agreements between at least one labor union and two or more employers, often in the same industry.

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