USW: Black History is American History

Contact: Chelsey Engel, (412) 212-8173,

The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement in honor of Black History Month:

Black history is American history. Honoring that heritage is crucial to ensuring our nation moves forward on a path toward justice, not judgment; toward truth, not tyranny.

The recent fatal beating of Tyre Nichols is a stark and brutal reminder that we have a long way to go on this journey, and we in the labor movement must do our part to correct the course. We must have open and courageous conversations with each other, with our neighbors, our friends and our foes.

This Black History Month, let us remember that we must first see wounds in order to heal them.

The USW represents 850,000 workers 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 health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

Press Inquiries

Media Contacts

Communications Director:
Jess Kamm at 412-562-6961

USW@WORK (USW magazine)
Editor R.J. Hufnagel

For industry specific inquiries,
Call USW Communications at 412-562-2442

Mailing Address

United Steelworkers
Communications Department
60 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222