United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed 2022-09-30 10:34:37 -0500 AMPS en hourly 1 Steelworkers Ratify Contracts at Cleveland-Cliffs’ Mines https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-contracts-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:34:37 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-contracts-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Contact:  Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new, four-year contract covering roughly 2,000 members of four local unions at Cleveland-Cliffs’ mines in Minnesota and Michigan.

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, who chaired the negotiations, said the four-year contract features significant wage and benefit improvements, as well as Cliffs’ commitment to invest in the future of the USW represented facilities.

“Our work will be more prosperous and our jobs more secure with the new contract in place,” Ramirez said. “Out contract ensures that the standard of living for USW members, our families and communities will continue to improve.

Separately, about 12,000 USW members at thirteen Cliffs’ steel facilities currently are voting on a four-year tentative agreement. The USW will complete the ratification procedure on Oct. 12, 2022, when local union election tellers will travel to Pittsburgh to count ballots. 

The USW (on the web at http://www.usw.org) represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, service, tech and academic occupations.

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Bobcat Workers Win USW Representation in Bismarck https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/bobcat-workers-win-usw-representation-in-bismarck Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:47:49 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/bobcat-workers-win-usw-representation-in-bismarck Contact: Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers at Bobcat's Bismarck, N.D., manufacturing facility voted in favor of union representation in a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez said the 700 Bobcat employees in Bismarck recognize that a strong union provides everyone with a voice on the job and empowers individual employees, who became closer as a group while organizing, to speak up.

"As employers continue to urge more and faster production, it is absolutely essential for workers to have a say on issues that could impact their occupational health and safety," Ramirez said. "Fair pay and benefits will help retain loyal, experienced workers, and ensuring adequate staffing numbers will keep the plant running as safely and efficiently as possible."

"Bobcat workers deserve a fair union contract that provides fair pay and promotes a healthy work-life balance with limits on mandatory overtime and provisions for paid-time-off," said Bobcat employee Jacob Klein. "We are proud to join the United Steelworkers and look forward to the next step of the process - working together to negotiate a fair first collective bargaining agreement."

The USW will next reach out to Bobcat management to schedule dates for negotiations. 

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, service, tech and academic occupations.

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USW Blasts Republican Opposition to TAA, Calls on Congress to Prioritize Working Families in Continuing Resolution https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-blasts-republican-opposition-to-taa-calls-on-congress-to-prioritize-working-families-in-continuing-resolution Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:21:08 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-blasts-republican-opposition-to-taa-calls-on-congress-to-prioritize-working-families-in-continuing-resolution Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org 

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today condemning Republican blockage of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and other worker-friendly measures from upcoming appropriations legislation:

“Tens of thousands of USW members work in industries that are vulnerable to unfair trade, and for decades, they and other workers relied on the Trade Adjustment Assistance program to help them reskill and establish new careers when unfair trade killed their jobs.

“The USW began sounding the alarm more than a year ago when it became clear that a number of congressional Republicans intended to block reauthorization of this vital program, which will fully expire at the end of this month.

“Since then, Congress missed a series of opportunities to reauthorize TAA as a result of Republican obstruction, and Republicans are now yet again standing in the way of helping working families by blocking job training funds that should be going to their own states. 

“The U.S. government collects tens of billions of dollars in duties, taxes, and fees from imports. When TAA costs only a tiny fraction of that amount, it’s unconscionable that any elected leader would attempt to derail a well-established and highly efficient opportunity to retrain displaced workers.

“Unfortunately, this stance on TAA is part of a larger pattern of Republicans blocking measures that would help workers on trade.

“Some have tried to roll back Section 301 and 232 tariffs that protect jobs in our key industries. Others have voted against closing loopholes in our existing trade rules. And Senate Republicans blocked important, new legislation, the Leveling the Playing Field Act 2.0, that would have improved our defense against illegal trade practices.

“Republicans like to talk tough, but their failure to follow through leaves workers holding the bag when they lose their jobs due to unfair trade. Now with the continuing resolution, it’s past time to take decisive action to help working families.” 

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.

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Steelworkers, AFL-CIO File Petition on Worker Abuse at Mexico Glass Plant https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-afl-cio-file-petition-on-worker-abuse-at-mexico-glass-plant Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:07:50 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-afl-cio-file-petition-on-worker-abuse-at-mexico-glass-plant Contact: Ben Davis, (412) 562-2501, bdavis@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today joined the AFL-CIO and the Independent Union of Free and Democratic Workers of Saint Gobain Mexico to file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging multiple violations of worker’s rights at the company’s glass plant in Cuautla, Mexico.

Workers at the plant will vote tomorrow and Thursday to choose representation by either the independent union or the Confederation of Workers and Campesinos (CTC), which held the contract until workers voted it down on July 5 and 6.

The petition, filed under the Rapid Response Mechanism of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), alleges that the company has allowed the CTC to intimidate and threaten workers to influence their votes.

“We hope the Mexican authorities will be vigilant in this week’s election and will investigate the Saint Gobain workers’ reports of intimidation in the workplace,” said USW International Affairs Director Ben Davis.

The Rapid Response Mechanism was one of several worker-friendly reforms that Democrats in Congress demanded when the failed NAFTA agreement was scrapped in 2018 and ultimately replaced with the USMCA. The new trade agreement took effect in 2020.

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.

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Workers at Diversified Gas and Oil Vote to Join USW https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/workers-at-diversified-gas-and-oil-vote-to-join-usw Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:34:52 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/workers-at-diversified-gas-and-oil-vote-to-join-usw Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org   
 
(Buckhannon, W.Va.) – Workers at Diversified Gas and Oil’s Buckhannon W.Va., facility last week voted by more than a 2-1 margin to join the United Steelworkers union (USW).
 
USW District 8 Director Larry Ray said the roughly 70 workers are seeking a seat at the table when it comes to wages and working conditions, including workplace health and safety.
 
“Workers at Diversified are an essential part of helping our nation meet its energy needs,” Ray said. “We are happy to welcome them into our union family so they can begin negotiating the fair contract they deserve.”
 
Ray praised workers for persevering in their efforts to organize a union at their facility.
 
“It’s unfortunate that the USW was forced to file objections regarding management’s conduct during the first vote earlier this year,” Ray said. “But workers remained committed to exercising their right to a free and fair union election – and ultimately they were successful.”
 
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.
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USW Thanks White House National Climate Advisor and Longtime Labor Ally Gina McCarthy For Decades of Friendship https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-thanks-white-house-national-climate-advisor-and-longtime-labor-ally-gina-mccarthy-for-decades-of-friendship Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:08:34 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-thanks-white-house-national-climate-advisor-and-longtime-labor-ally-gina-mccarthy-for-decades-of-friendship Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers International President Tom Conway issued the following statement in response to White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy’s announcement that she will be stepping down:

“The USW wishes Gina McCarthy nothing but the best as she embarks on this new chapter.

“Gina spent her career advocating for sound environmental policies that also prioritize workers and their jobs – balancing regulation with the equally urgent need to keep manufacturing facilities open and maintain a firm industrial base in the United States.

“Her tireless work in the Obama and Biden administrations, as well as head of the National Resources Defense Council and a BlueGreen Alliance board member, helped countless workers and their communities address today’s concerns and prepare for a brighter future.

“As we look to both improve U.S. competitiveness and address climate change, we thank Gina for setting a strong example and reminding us of what we can achieve when we work together.” 

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.

 

 

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USW honra el pasado, mira hacia el futuro durante el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honra-el-pasado-mira-hacia-el-futuro-durante-el-mes-nacional-de-la-herencia-hispana Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:01:33 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honra-el-pasado-mira-hacia-el-futuro-durante-el-mes-nacional-de-la-herencia-hispana Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, 412-212-8173

El Sindicato United Steelworkers (USW) publicó el siguiente mensaje en honor al Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, que se lleva acabo cada año del 15 de Septiembre al 15 de Octubre:

“Los trabajadores Hispanos tienen una historia larga y de suma importancia en los Estados Unidos que muchas veces es pasada por alto. Este Mes de la Herencia Hispana estamos orgullosos de reconocer sus contribuciones y comprometernos nuevamente con la lucha por los derechos de todos los trabajadores.

“Desde César Chávez y Dolores Huerta a Louisa Moreno y Emma Tenayuca, los activistas Hispanos han reformado panorama laboral y sobrepasado obstáculos inmensos para mejorar las condiciones de vida y laborales de todos. Somos una nación mejor y un movimiento más fuerte por esto, y debemos hacer todo en nuestro poder para asegurarnos de que todos los trabajadores sean tratados con respeto y dignidad.

“El USW continuará asociándose con organizaciones e instituciones que trabajan para mejorar las oportunidades de empleo de las comunidades Hispanas, así como continuar empujando el PRO Act, que ayudaría a proveer protecciones a los inmigrantes y otros trabajadores que han sido marginados históricamente.  

“Nuestro Sindicato está comprometido con mejorar el acceso al lenguaje en nuestros materiales educativos para acomodar las distintas necesidades de nuestros trabajadores y sus orígenes diversos, que siempre han hecho a nuestro movimiento uno más fuerte y vibrante.

“Asegurar que todos los trabajadores tengan la voz que merecen en la mesa es una lucha noble y uno puede ganar si lo hacemos unidos. Como escribió Sergio Ortega, ‘el pueblo unido jamás será vencido’”.

El USW representa 850,000 trabajadores en las industrias de metal, mineras, papel, goma, cristal, químicos, automovilísticas y productoras de energía, así como un creciente número de trabajadores en los sectores públicos, del cuidado de la salud, educación, tecnología y ocupaciones de servicio.

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USW honors past, looks to future this National Hispanic Heritage Month https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honors-past-looks-to-future-this-national-hispanic-heritage-month Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:00:16 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-honors-past-looks-to-future-this-national-hispanic-heritage-month Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, 412-212-8173

The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place each Sept. 15-Oct. 15:

“Hispanic workers have a long, vital history in the United States that is often overlooked. This Hispanic Heritage Month, we are proud to recognize their many contributions and recommit to the fight for workers’ rights for all.

“From César Chávez and Dolores Huerta to Louisa Moreno and Emma Tenayuca, Hispanic activists and leaders have reshaped the landscape of labor and overcome great challenges to improve working and living conditions for everyone. We are a better nation and stronger movement because of this, and we must do everything in our power to ensure all workers are treated with respect and dignity.

“The USW will continue partnering with organizations and institutions that work to improve employment opportunities for Hispanic communities and as well as pushing for the PRO Act, which would help provide protections for immigrants and other workers who have been historically marginalized.

“Our union is also committed to improving language access in our educational materials to accommodate workers’ diverse needs and varying backgrounds, which have always made our movement stronger and more vibrant.

“Ensuring all workers have the voice at the table they deserve is a noble fight and one we can win if we do it together. As Sergio Ortega wrote, ‘el pueblo unido jamás será vencido’ – the people united will never be defeated.”

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.

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Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement on Four-Year Contract at Cleveland-Cliffs’ Mines https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Fri, 09 Sep 2022 12:58:42 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-at-cleveland-cliffs-mines Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract on behalf of roughly 2,000 members of four local unions at Cleveland-Cliffs’ mines in Minnesota and Michigan.  

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, who chaired the negotiations, thanked union members for working throughout the pandemic and standing together in solidarity for a fair contract.

“Mining and processing iron ore is the first step in making steel, and these essential workers have earned and deserve a fair contract,” Ramirez said. “The proposed agreement provides important economic and contract language improvements that will improve working conditions along with the standard of living for USW members and their families.”

The tentative agreement improves current wages, bolsters existing health insurance provisions for workers and retirees without increasing costs and includes a commitment for Cliffs to reinvest in the USW represented facilities over its term.

“Steelworkers will be safer at work and their jobs and benefits more secure under the tentative agreement,” Ramirez said. “Cliffs has committed to a plan to invest in its USW facilities that will enable future generations of USW members to support their families and sustain their communities.”

“Our members have faced challenges in the past and know what it takes to lead the industry through its up and down cycles,” Ramirez said. “We will face the challenges ahead with confidence knowing our plants run best when management and our union work together to solve problems for the benefit of everyone.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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USW: Labor Movement Will Continue as a Force for Good for Generations https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-labor-movement-will-continue-as-a-force-for-good-for-generations Mon, 05 Sep 2022 12:28:20 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-labor-movement-will-continue-as-a-force-for-good-for-generations Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, (412) 562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

The United Steelworkers union (USW) released the following statement today from USW International President Tom Conway in honor of the Labor Day holiday.

“This Labor Day, as we pause to honor workers and celebrate the dignity of work, we remember how far we have come and rededicate ourselves to the fight for fairness for working people.

“For generations, the labor movement has led the way in helping working families achieve the American Dream. At the bargaining table, in our communities, and in our halls of government, we make sure workers are safe, that they earn fair wages, that they have time with their loved ones, that they have affordable health care, and that when their work is done they can retire with dignity.

 “American workers are hungry for unions, and we must be there for them. Workers are organizing in huge numbers, but they still face greedy employers and politicians who fight them every step of the way.

“That’s why we owe it to them to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and other worker protections, so every worker who wants to be a union member can do so without intimidation and interference.

“That’s also why the USW is proud to welcome President Joe Biden to Pittsburgh today to celebrate alongside the working people who built – and continue to build – this country.

“We partnered with this administration and with this Congress to make historic progress for workers: including the new infrastructure law that is rebuilding our nation and growing our economy; the Butch-Lewis Act, which saved the pensions of more than a million workers and retirees; and the Inflation Reduction Act, which will lower costs and boost American manufacturing. As a result of these efforts, we’ve seen record job growth, low unemployment, and rising wages across our industries.

“But our fight is far from over. As we look to the future, we pledge to continue the fight for working people, and to push our leaders to join us in that fight, on this Labor Day and every day.”

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.

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USW Local 7687 Reaches Tentative Agreement with BAE https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-bae Wed, 31 Aug 2022 11:52:48 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-bae Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7687 announced today that they reached a tentative agreement on a 5-year deal with BAE Systems covering roughly 800 workers in the company’s York, Pa., facility.

USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall credited the workers’ commitment and solidarity for reaching the agreement and averting an unfair labor practice strike.

“After working through the pandemic making armament for the military without disruption, USW members at BAE understood what was at stake in these negotiations,” Hall said. “They earned a contract that reflects their vital role in helping safeguard our national security and in contributing to the company’s success.”

“It’s unfortunate that management forced its dedicated workers to the brink of a work stoppage before achieving this deal,” said USW Local 7687 President Brad Frey, “but USW members proved that by working together, we can overcome any challenge.”

In the coming days, USW members will review the details of the proposed new contract with their negotiating committee before a ratification vote, which will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Broadly, the proposed agreement increases wages, strengthens retirement security and improves access to paid vacation time.

USW Local 7687 also withdrew its notice of its intent to hold an unfair labor practice strike, which was set to begin today at 11 a.m.

The USW represents about 850,000 North American workers in a variety of industries such as steel, aluminum and other metals; pulp and paper; tires and rubber; chemicals; energy producing; oil refining; healthcare; the service and public sectors; and a growing number in professional, tech and academic fields.

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USW Local 7687 Gives Strike Notice to BAE over Unfair Labor Practices https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-gives-strike-notice-to-bae-over-unfair-labor-practices Tue, 30 Aug 2022 05:52:54 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-7687-gives-strike-notice-to-bae-over-unfair-labor-practices Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

York, Pa. The United Steelworkers (USW) said that roughly 800 members of Local 7687 today gave notice that they will begin an unfair labor practice strike at BAE Systems’ facility in York, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m.  

USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall called on BAE management to return to the table to bargain in good faith for a fair contract.

“BAE has reaped the benefits of having a world-class, dedicated union workforce,” Hall said. “There’s no reason except greed for the company insisting that loyal, experienced workers accept less than what they have earned and deserve.”

Hall said that members of USW Local 7687 have been flexible with BAE management, including working through the pandemic. They also worked under the terms of an expired contract since October 2021.

“USW members are proud of the work we do serving our country,” Hall said, “but management needs to understand that we are committed to fighting for and winning a fair contract at BAE. We are not willing to accept a substandard contract simply because the company calls it a ‘final offer.’”

Members of USW Local 7687 build tracked and wheeled vehicles for the U.S. military.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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Tentative Agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Rewards Essential Steelworkers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/tentative-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-rewards-essential-steelworkers Mon, 29 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/tentative-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-rewards-essential-steelworkers Contact: Tony Montana, (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

PITTSBURGH The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract on behalf of roughly 12,000 members at 13 Cleveland-Cliffs locations.  

USW International Vice President (Administration) David McCall, who chairs negotiations with Cliffs, credited union members for working throughout the pandemic and standing together in solidarity for the fair contract that essential Steelworkers have earned and deserve.

“Our tentative agreement with Cliffs management recognizes the vital role Steelworkers have played in the company’s success,” McCall said. “The proposed contract provides important economic and contract language improvements that will improve working conditions along with the standard of living for USW members and their families.”

The tentative agreement improves current wages, bolsters existing health insurance provisions for workers and retirees without increasing costs and includes a commitment for Cliffs to invest $4 billion in USW represented facilities over its term.

“Our plants will continue to be safer and our jobs and benefits more secure under the proposed agreement,” McCall said. “Cliffs has committed to a plan to invest in its USW facilities that will improve production, create sustainable jobs for USW members and ensure success for the company.”

“Our local union leaders, activists and members have faced challenges in the past and know what it takes to lead the industry through its up and down cycles,” McCall said. “We look forward to the future knowing that Cliffs understands that our plants run best when management and our union work together to solve problems for the benefit of everyone.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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Members Vote to Ratify Contract at Pinto Valley Mine https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/members-vote-to-ratify-contract-at-pinto-valley-mine Mon, 29 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/members-vote-to-ratify-contract-at-pinto-valley-mine Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, rhufnagel@usw.org, 412-562-2450                   

Miami, Ariz. – Members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and workers from five other international unions voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract covering about 420 workers at the Pinto Valley Mine.

The mine, owned by Capstone Copper, employs about 170 members of USW Local 915, as well as members of the Teamsters, Operating Engineers, IBEW, Boilermakers and the UA. The six unions, led by the USW, negotiate their labor agreements jointly with the company.

The new four-year contract provides average wage increases of 18 percent, a lump-sum signing bonus, a reduction in members’ health-care costs, improved retirement benefits, an increase in paid sick time, and the addition of vision coverage, along with other improvements to contract language.

The Pinto Valley Mine, located about 75 miles east of Phoenix, is one of the largest employers in the area.

USW District 12 Director Gaylan Prescott, whose office represents thousands of USW members in Arizona and 10 other western U.S. states, said that the agreement is an example of the strength workers can have when they stand together.

“The will of these mine workers, using their collective voices, resulted in increased wages, improved benefits and dignity in their workplace,” Prescott said. “These workers, their families, and the communities in which they live will all benefit because of what this group was able to accomplish as a result of their unity and solidarity.”

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 Members Ratify Agreements with Goodyear, Bridgestone and Michelin-BF Goodrich https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-members-ratify-agreements-with-goodyear-bridgestone-and-michelin-bf-goodrich Wed, 24 Aug 2022 10:36:51 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-members-ratify-agreements-with-goodyear-bridgestone-and-michelin-bf-goodrich Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that members have ratified a new master contract with Goodyear covering about 6,000 workers at facilities in Akron, Ohio; Topeka, Kan.; Danville, Va.; and Fayetteville, N.C.

They join roughly 4,000 unionized workers at Bridgestone locations in Akron; Des Moines, Iowa; Bloomington, Ill.; Russellville, Ark.; LaVergne and Morrison, Tenn., and 1,800 USW represented Michelin-BF Goodrich employees in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fort Wayne, Ind., who ratified contracts on August 19, 2022.

USW International President Thomas M. Conway said that workers won meaningful economic and contract language improvements in the agreements, which were ratified by an overwhelming majority of members across the three employers.

The hard work of our negotiating committees and the solidarity of the membership throughout the industry have been rewarded with fair contracts for everyone,” Conway said. 

"We made it a priority to raise wages and retain cost-of-living adjustments without giving in to management’s demands that we sacrifice quality, affordable health insurance options.”

The newly ratified contracts feature wage increases, maintain cost-of-living adjustments, provide lump-sum payments, improve retirement options, eliminate two-tier wage systems, provide access to much improved health care for some members—that was previously unavailable to them—and preserve access to quality, affordable health insurance plans for all of the membership.

The agreements also allow recently hired and younger employees to accrue vacation and progress through the wage scales more quickly in an effort to help the employers retain more workers.

The contracts with Goodyear and Bridgestone set terms for four years, while the Michelin-BF Goodrich agreement is set to expire after three.

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 tech, higher education, public sector and service occupations.

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USW Proudly Supports Josh Shapiro, Austin Davis for Pennsylvania Governor, Lt. Governor https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-proudly-supports-josh-shapiro-austin-davis-for-pennsylvania-governor-lt-governor Wed, 24 Aug 2022 09:18:16 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-proudly-supports-josh-shapiro-austin-davis-for-pennsylvania-governor-lt-governor Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers District 10 Director Bernie Hall issued the following statement after the union endorsed Josh Shapiro for Pennsylvania governor and Austin Davis for lieutenant governor:

“The USW is proud to endorse Josh Shapiro and Austin Davis to lead Pennsylvania, as we look to expand opportunity and provide long-term economic security, not just for the ultra-wealthy but for everyone in the Commonwealth.

“Shapiro and Davis recognize that in order for working people to have the fair wages, safe working conditions and voice on the job that they deserve, our elected leaders must fight to protect workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively.

“Both Shapiro and Davis have proven track records of standing up for working families, and as governor and lieutenant governor, they will continue to ensure workers and their values remain front and center in Harrisburg.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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USW Applauds House Passage of Inflation Reduction Act https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-house-passage-of-inflation-reduction-act Mon, 15 Aug 2022 11:32:28 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-house-passage-of-inflation-reduction-act Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org  

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today after the Inflation Reduction Act passed the U.S. House:

“The Inflation Reduction Act will help improve the lives of countless workers and their families as it brings down health care costs, addresses economic inequality and makes needed investments in domestic manufacturing and clean energy supply chains. 

“Building out our nation’s capacity for solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy will create good, domestic manufacturing jobs and help break our dangerous dependence on foreign producers to meet our needs. 

“At the same time, providing incentives for a wide variety of technologies like carbon capture, direct air capture, and nuclear power will help ensure that our steel and other critical industries remain among the cleanest in the world.

“Investing in affordable health care for millions of families and allowing Medicare the capacity to negotiate prescription drug prices will further pave the way for a safer, healthier future for workers and their communities.  

“The USW applauds the passage of this critical bill and looks forward to working with the administration and our congressional allies to build on this success.”

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.

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USW Achieves New Health and Safety Protections for Pitt Faculty https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-achieves-new-health-and-safety-protections-for-pitt-faculty Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:05:05 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-achieves-new-health-and-safety-protections-for-pitt-faculty Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Pittsburgh that significantly expands health and safety protections for thousands of faculty members represented by the union.

The USW filed an unfair labor practice charge against Pitt in March after the administration revised its COVID-19 mitigation measures without bargaining these changes with the union members who risk exposure every day.

The MOU, resulting from the USW’s legal action, takes effect immediately. It not only affords greater protections than Pitt’s revised policy but exceeds the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

While the ADA applies only to individuals with qualifying disabilities, for example, the MOU covers faculty with a broader range of health concerns as well as those living with medically compromised family members. Depending on the type of work they perform, these union members can request adjustments such as remote instruction and virtual office hours to safeguard their health and that of their loved ones.

The USW also negotiated a process for ensuring consistent application of the MOU across Pitt’s numerous departments and campuses.

“These COVID-19 measures demonstrate why my colleagues and I formed our union,” said Tyler Bickford, a professor in the English department and a member of the union negotiating committee. “When Pitt tried to implement a policy without seeking input from those most affected by it, we brought the administration to the table and bargained an agreement that addresses our concerns. As the pandemic continues, this agreement provides the flexibility we need to serve our campus community while keeping ourselves and our families safe.”

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 Convention to Include 3,000 Union Members, Allies https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-convention-to-include-3000-union-members-allies Wed, 03 Aug 2022 08:51:07 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-convention-to-include-3000-union-members-allies Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, jkamm@usw.org or R.J. Hufnagel, rhufnagel@usw.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

Nearly 3,000 members and allies of the United Steelworkers (USW) union from across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean will meet next week in Las Vegas to chart the future of the largest industrial union in North America during the union’s International Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas.

It will be the USW’s first in-person constitutional convention since 2017. More than 2,300 elected delegates, 600 observers, international officers and staff, and more than 100 international guests from unions in 22 countries, will gather under the banner “Everybody’s Union.”

The USW delegation represents 850,000 workers and retirees in a diverse array of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, chemicals, natural gas, health care, renewable energy, communications, transportation, higher education and the public sector.

The proceedings will open at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8 in the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, and are expected to conclude by 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. USW International President Tom Conway will deliver a keynote address on the state of the union and the opportunities and challenges facing USW members and working families across North America.

Guest speakers are expected to include U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, and Mexican Senator and labor leader Napoleón Gómez Urrutia.

Updates from the proceedings will be made available daily on the union’s convention site: convention.usw.org. A daily photo collection will be available at www.usw.org/flickr.

To sign up for text messages, text USWCVN to 47486 (U.S.) or to 32323 (Canada). Social media updates will be available at the following sites:

  • Facebook.com/Steelworkers, Facebook.com/USWMetallos (Canada)
  • Twitter.com/Steelworkers, @steelworkers, @steelworkersCA (Canada), #EverybodysUnion
  • Instagram.com/Steelworkers, Instagram.com/uswmetallos
  • YouTube.com/steelworkers 

MEDIA: USW-issued credentials are necessary for reporters to gain access to the convention floor. E-mail Jess Kamm Broomell or R.J. Hufnagel of the USW using the information above for instructions on how to obtain credentials.

The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.

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USW Backs Passage of Inflation Reduction Act https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-backs-passage-of-inflation-reduction-act Mon, 01 Aug 2022 11:09:47 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-backs-passage-of-inflation-reduction-act Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in support of the Inflation Reduction Act: 

“The Inflation Reduction Act represents an important step forward for working families, making long overdue investments in ensuring a safe and healthy future for communities across our nation.

“Reining in health care costs for millions of Americans will help provide a respite for workers and retirees grappling with inflation, while reforming our tax system will help combat rampant economic inequality by ensuring the richest corporations are paying their fair share.

“Just as crucially, the bill will pave the way for both a cleaner environment and good jobs, as we invest in building out domestic supply chains across the clean energy economy, from mining critical minerals to advanced manufacturing. 

“The USW applauds Senate Democrats for reaching this crucial consensus and encourages Congress to continue prioritizing workers and their families as we tackle today’s challenges and build a more secure tomorrow.” 

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.

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