USW to Spotlight Fight for a First Contract at Bobcat Bismarck

CONTACT: Tom Ricker, 701-680-189, or Tony Montana, 412-562-2592,

(Bismarck, N.D.) – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on May 10, 2023, the union’s “Bat Light” outdoor projector will be in town to spotlight local workers’ ongoing fight for a fair first contract at the Bobcat manufacturing facility.

The projector will shine at 10 p.m. on Wednesday outside the plant in Bismarck, where key issues impacting working conditions and retirement security remain unresolved in negotiations.

About 750 hourly workers in Bismarck voted to organize with the USW last September, and in March 2023, more than 200 Bobcat employees in Rogers, Minnesota also elected to join the union.

Separately, some 1,200 USW members at Bobcat in Gwinner, N.D., ratified a new contract in the Fall of 2022.

ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews

WHO: Bobcat workers and union leaders
WHAT: USW Bat Light to support a fair first contract for workers at Bobcat
WHEN: 10 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2023
WHERE: Bobcat, 530 S 26th Street, Bismarck, ND 58054

Contact the USW for additional information about the bat light and its schedule.

The USW (on the web at represents 850,000 workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

Press Inquiries

Media Contacts

Communications Director:
Jess Kamm at 412-562-2446

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