United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed 2018-10-16 13:21:44 -0500 AMPS en hourly 1 DowDuPont Workers Unite Globally Amid Corporate Restructuring https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/dowdupont-workers-unite-globally-amid-corporate-restructuring Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:21:44 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/dowdupont-workers-unite-globally-amid-corporate-restructuring CONTACT: Kent Holsing, chair, DowDuPont North American Labor Council, 989-495-9350, kentholsing@gmail.com

Union leaders representing thousands of workers employed at DowDuPont companies from the United States and around the globe met last week in Pittsburgh to discuss common issues and pledge unity.

“The workers of DowDuPont are facing many changes and challenges in the coming months, and the unionized sites of DowDuPont around the globe will be working together to ensure the members’ best interests are represented,” said Kent Holsing, chairperson of the DowDuPont North American Labor Council and president of USW Local 12075 in Midland, Mich.

“We are speaking not only for the unionized employees of DowDuPont but also for the non-union employees who don’t have that voice. DowDuPont workers from around the world are rightfully concerned about taking a step back in their livelihood at a time of record profits for the corporation, and we are preparing action items to address these concerns,” Holsing added.

The DowDuPont union leaders shared collective bargaining data, identified mutual obstacles and determined potential solutions over a three-day period.

Much discussion focused on the pending split of DowDuPont and its potential effect on staffing, working conditions, and employees’ pensions, benefits and insurance. Other discussion topics included workplace safety, organizing, and the need for increased and proactive communication between the corporations and its respective unions.

The labor leaders strengthened their unions’ international connections, and their interactions increased mutual respect and understanding across DowDuPont’s unionized worksites.

Representatives from these unions participated in the annual meeting: The United Steelworkers (USW); the International Union of Operating Engineers; Texas City Metal Trades; the International Chemical Workers Union Council/United Food & Commercial Workers; National Conference of Firemen & Oilers; the Ampthill Rayon Workers Incorporated (ARWI); the Dow Chemical European Employee Forum; the Dow Chemical-Stade Works Council (Germany); UNITE the Union (United Kingdom); the Global Union Federation IndustriALL (Geneva, Switzerland), the Union of Workers and Employees Petrochemicals States-SOEPU (Argentina) and the Chemical, Energy and Mines Workers Union CEMW SPSI (Indonesia).

USW Reaches Tentative Agreement with U.S. Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-u-s-steel Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:51:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-u-s-steel CONTACT: R.J. Hufnagel, (412) 562-2450

PITTSBURGH (October 15) – Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union reached a tentative agreement today with U.S. Steel on a new master agreement covering 16,000 workers at facilities across the country.

The union’s collective bargaining agreements with U.S. Steel expired on Sept. 1, but USW members agreed to work under an extension as bargaining continued. The two sides began negotiations in July.

The previous agreement, reached during a downturn in the steel industry, contained a three-year wage freeze. In early September, as the company continued to insist upon major concessions from the work force, members voted unanimously to authorize a strike.

“U.S. Steel began this process insisting upon deep concessions from a group of workers who had already made major sacrifices to help the company through a very difficult time,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “It’s a testament to the power of solidarity that these workers were able to stand up with one voice and demand fair treatment.”

USW members will hold meetings in the coming weeks to review and discuss the tentative contract before casting their votes.

“Every member of this union should be proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said USW International Vice President Tom Conway, the chair of the union’s bargaining committee. “This group of workers stood up to a hugely profitable company and demanded a piece of the success they helped to create.”

The USW’s master agreement with U.S. Steel covers a total of more than 16,000 workers at the following locations: Clairton Works (Pennsylvania), East Chicago Tin (Indiana), Fairfield (Alabama), Fairfield Southern (Alabama), Fairless Hills (Pennsylvania), Gary Works (Indiana), Granite City Works (Illinois), Great Lakes Works (Michigan), Keetac (Minnesota), Lone Star Tubular (Texas), Lorain Tubular (Ohio), Midwest Plant (Indiana), Minntac (Minnesota) and Mon Valley Works (Pennsylvania).

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

USW Members Vote to Ratify Four-Year Contract with Cliffs https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-members-vote-to-ratify-four-year-contract-with-cliffs Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:26:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-members-vote-to-ratify-four-year-contract-with-cliffs CONTACT: R.J. Hufnagel, (412) 562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union voted by a 10-to-1 margin this week to ratify a new four-year contract with mining company Cleveland Cliffs.

The new four-year master agreement, which takes effect immediately, includes significant wage increases in each year of the contract, maintains high quality, affordable health care coverage and strengthens retirement benefits for the union’s 1,850 members at four iron ore mines in Michigan and Minnesota.

The previous agreement, which was negotiated during a difficult period for the iron ore and steel industries, contained a three-year wage freeze. 

“In 2015, these workers saw that the industry was struggling and agreed to make sacrifices so that this company could make it through the tough times,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Cliffs clearly recognized that, and we look forward to building on our relationship in the coming years.”

The USW began local-level talks with Cliffs over the summer and opened bargaining in early September on a new master agreement. The new contract replaces the three-year agreement that expired on Oct. 1.

“We were pleased we could work with Cliffs to reach an agreement that was fair to both sides,” said USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, the chair of the union’s bargaining committee. “This contract puts the company in a position to succeed and ensures that the work force will be able to share in that success.”

The contract covers workers at the company’s Tilden and Empire Mines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as well as the United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota’s Iron Range.

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

Pitt Grads Testify at PLRB on Union Rights https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/pitt-grads-testify-at-plrb-on-union-rights Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:03:32 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/pitt-grads-testify-at-plrb-on-union-rights CONTACTS: Jess Kamm (412) 562-2446, jkamm@usw.org, or Jeff Cech (412) 339-4843, jcech@usw.org

PITTSBURGH – Members of USW’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee this week participated in a hearing before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB), testifying that they are employees at the University of Pittsburgh with the right to form a union. 

“We teach classes that would otherwise be taught by part-time faculty and do research that could otherwise be done by staff. We receive wages for this work and pay taxes,” said Golnar Touski a graduate student employee in the history of art and architecture department. “We are students, but we are also university employees.”

In December 2017, the union petitioned the PLRB for an election for graduate employees classified as teaching assistants, teaching fellows, graduate student assistants and graduate student researchers. 

In response, the university administration contested the election and hired Ballard Spahr, a law firm known for opposing unionization efforts.

Both sides now have the opportunity to present evidence to the PLRB.

“It’s deeply disturbing that the university is using tuition and tax dollars to pay high priced attorneys to disaffirm the work we do on campus and deny us labor rights,” said Ben Case a graduate student employee in the sociology department, “especially when this same law firm lost this same case making these same arguments at Penn State last year.”

The hearing began Monday, Oct. 1. The administration’s attorneys had two days scheduled to call their witnesses. However, they stretched the testimony of Vice Provost of Graduate Studies Nate Urban over nearly a day and a half. As a result, the hearing, which was expected to conclude at the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 5, will now need to resume at a later date. 

“Their arguments are muddled, but their motives are clear. This isn’t about whether or not we’re employees. It’s a deliberate strategy to undermine our efforts to have a voice on campus by delaying our organizing and preserving their legal options going forward,” said Abby Cartus a graduate student employee in the epidemiology department. “The administration’s testimony makes clear that they fully intend to keep challenging us even if we win the board hearing and the election.”

The PLRB affirmed the rights of graduate students to form a union at Temple University in 2001 and again at Penn State University earlier this year.

The Academic Workers Association is part of the USW, which represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, the service and public sectors and higher education. 


USW Looks Forward to Working with USTR to Continue to Improve New NAFTA-USMCA https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-looks-forward-to-working-with-ustr-to-continue-to-improve-new-nafta-usmca Mon, 01 Oct 2018 10:38:49 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-looks-forward-to-working-with-ustr-to-continue-to-improve-new-nafta-usmca CONTACT: Holly Hart (202) 778-4384

(Pittsburgh) -- United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement after renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement was completed.

“The effort to achieve the goal of a fair trade agreement that protects workers in the United States, Canada and Mexico is far from over.  

“There are provisions in the draft agreement between the United States and Mexico that represent improvements over NAFTA, but there are also provisions that must be removed. Further, we have not evaluated what changes resulted from the just-concluded agreement to include Canada.

“In the area of workers’ rights, the draft text we have seen includes significant improvements over the existing NAFTA and is stronger than the rejected Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It goes farther than any prior trade agreement. That is encouraging, but it is not yet enough. Efforts to protect the rights of workers in all countries that will be party to this deal are not finished.

“The impact of the deal must be measured not only by what is in the final agreement, but also by what Mexico adopts legislatively to implement its commitments. Also, what will the Trump Administration and Congress do to ensure that the provisions of any final agreement are effectively applied, monitored and enforced? Strong text in an agreement backed up by legislative changes in Mexico will only matter if they are fully and faithfully enforced.

“It is vital to understand that this debate is not about free trade, protectionism or ivory-tower academic arguments. It is about what will happen to real people. NAFTA’s long-term impact has been devastating, and reforms are sorely needed.

“The members of the USW, the largest industrial union in North America, have suffered from the devastating impact of NAFTA on manufacturing and employment in both the United States and Canada. And workers in Mexico, who now make no more than they did before NAFTA, never benefited from the massive profits that multinational corporations realized as a result of the agreement.  

“The USW and other labor groups have worked closely with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer since the United States initiated renegotiation of NAFTA. Labor has provided concrete and specific recommendations. Ambassador Lighthizer has worked diligently and seriously to resolve these issues. 

“Reversing the negative impact of NAFTA has been a priority of the USW since the day Congress approved it nearly 25 years ago.

“The key question now is whether this new agreement, when final, will make a measurable difference in workers’ lives and whether workers will have confidence in the new provisions and the commitment of government to enforce those provisions.

“Also critical is what provisions will be negotiated relative to the Section 232 actions on steel and aluminum. From the beginning, the USW has made it clear that Canada should not have been subject to Section 232 measures. Our economies are integrated, and our national security interests are intertwined, as are our steel and aluminum markets.  The U.S. has no stronger or more reliable economic and national security partner. The impacts of any provisions in this area are key concerns not only on a bilateral basis, but for the USW, whose members work in this sector in both countries.

“The USW looks forward to continuing to work with the Administration, Congress and our colleagues in Mexico and Canada to ensure that a final agreement and all of the implementing provisions promote broadly-shared prosperity for all workers in North America. We remain hopeful that the provisions will measure up and are committed to making this happen.”

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

USW Oil Workers Approve National Oil Bargaining Program Policy https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-oil-workers-approve-national-oil-bargaining-program-policy Wed, 26 Sep 2018 17:05:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-oil-workers-approve-national-oil-bargaining-program-policy CONTACT: Lynne Hancock, 615-828-6169, lhancock@usw.org

More than 375 United Steelworkers (USW) delegates attending the National Oil Bargaining Program (NOBP) conference approved policy for the 2019 national pattern agreement.

The NOBP oil policy contains the proposals that will be presented during bargaining with the oil industry. Shell Oil Co. will be the lead company in national talks.

Delegates met in 17 company councils this week to devise national proposals addressing wages, benefits and working conditions that affect workers across the oil industry.

The NOBP Oil Policy Committee, which consists of five elected rank-and-file members and five alternates, thoroughly vetted each proposal and created a policy for the delegates to review and discuss this morning. Delegates suggested changes and the oil policy committee reconvened to adjust the policy.

Now the NOBP Policy goes to oil locals and units for approval. They have 45 days to present the NOBP Policy at a membership meeting, answer questions and conduct a vote on it.

The NOBP Policy must be approved by 75 percent of the oil locals and units.

Bargaining is conducted at a national table for a pattern agreement, and negotiations begin in mid-January. Oil local unions and units will also be negotiating local contracts in January. Local contracts contain issues such as bidding rights and seniority.

The National Oil Bargaining pattern agreement and local contracts expire Feb. 1 at 12:01 a.m.

The USW represents more than 30,000 oil workers at approximately 220 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines, transportation and petrochemical facilities in the United States. USW-represented oil workers produce about 64 percent of gasoline and other oil products in the United States.

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

United: Steelworkers Authorize Strike against ArcelorMittal https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/united-steelworkers-authorize-strike-against-arcelormittal Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:05:56 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/united-steelworkers-authorize-strike-against-arcelormittal More information, contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592; tmontana@usw.org

 PITTSBURGH– The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that 13 local unions representing about 15,000 workers unanimously granted their negotiating committee the authority to implement a strike against ArcelorMittal if necessary.

“The flexibility of our contracts and world-class efficiency and productivity of this particular group of steelworkers enabled ArcelorMittal to survive floods of unfairly traded and illegally dumped foreign imports that brought about the harshest market conditions our industry has faced in decades,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Now that the company is generating enormous – even historic – amounts of cash, it is an insult that bargaining progress has been hindered by management’s unrealistic concessionary demands and unfair labor practices.”

USW District 1 Director David McCall, who chairs negotiations with ArcelorMittal, said that the company’s union-represented production, maintenance, office and technical workers are uniformly fed up with management’s attempts to reduce, eliminate, undermine and weaken contractual protections and benefits hard-won through generations of collective bargaining.

“ArcelorMittal can easily afford to negotiate fair labor agreements with us, but the company has instead insisted on concessions that would more than wipe out any pay increases in its proposal,” McCall said. “Management has even failed to address some of our non-economic proposals and ignored most of the local issues we have brought to the table, demonstrating a fundamental lack of respect for the men and women upon whose shoulders rests the company’s past, present and future success.”

McCall added that although the union would prefer to resolve the outstanding issues without a work stoppage, USW members have delivered a clear message through their overwhelming support of strike authorization.

“We are organized and mobilized and will not allow ArcelorMittal to bully us into accepting anything less than the fair contracts we have earned and deserve,” McCall said. “These are jobs worth fighting for, and we intend to keep it that way.”

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.

USW Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike at U.S. Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-members-vote-overwhelmingly-to-authorize-strike-at-u-s-steel Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:51:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-members-vote-overwhelmingly-to-authorize-strike-at-u-s-steel CONTACT: R.J. Hufnagel, (412) 562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

Thousands of members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union from across the United States voted overwhelmingly this week to authorize their bargaining committee to initiate a strike at U.S. Steel facilities. The committee could now call a strike if the company continues to demand deep concessions from its hourly work force.

The union’s collective bargaining agreements with U.S. Steel expired on Sept. 1, but union members have continued to work under the terms of an agreed-to extension. That agreement remains in effect with 48 hours’ notice required for termination. The two sides have been negotiating since July.

“These workers have made a number of sacrifices over the past several years – including three years with a wage freeze – to put this company back on track,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Now that U.S. Steel is expecting to make a profit of nearly $2 billion this year, it is time for the workers to share in the success U.S. Steel is seeing now.”

Top company officials have given themselves more than $50 million in pay and bonuses since 2015 while the hourly work force has not received a wage increase over the same period.

“The USW did not come to the bargaining table looking for a fight,” said USW International Vice President Tom Conway, who leads the union’s bargaining committee. “We came ready to work out an honest and fair agreement, but that is a far cry from what the company is demanding. We remain prepared to work in good faith. We expect U.S. Steel to come to its senses and return to the bargaining table with workable proposals.”

The company has proposed major increases in benefit costs for the work force, as well as other significant concessions that would reduce workers’ overall take-home pay and eliminate a number of on-the-job protections. The two sides are scheduled to resume negotiations next week.

“With the company hugely profitable and industry conditions the best they have been in years, this is no time for U.S. Steel to pick a fight with workers who have been there to help them during the toughest times,” said USW District 7 Director Mike Millsap. “It’s time to come together and do what’s right for these workers, their families and their communities.”

The USW’s master agreement with U.S. Steel covers a total of more than 16,000 workers at the following locations: Clairton Works (Pennsylvania), East Chicago Tin (Indiana), Fairfield (Alabama), Fairfield Southern (Alabama), Fairless Hills (Pennsylvania), Gary Works (Indiana), Granite City Works (Illinois), Great Lakes Works (Michigan), Keetac (Minnesota), Lone Star Tubular (Texas), Lorain Tubular (Ohio), Midwest Plant (Indiana), Minntac (Minnesota) and Mon Valley Works (Pennsylvania).

For bargaining updates and other information on the current negotiations, visit www.usw.org/steel.

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

Thousands of Steelworkers Rally Across Nation for Fair Treatment https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/thousands-of-steelworkers-rally-across-nation-for-fair-treatment Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:38:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/thousands-of-steelworkers-rally-across-nation-for-fair-treatment CONTACT:
Tony Montana (AM): (412) 562-2592, tmontana@usw.org
R.J. Hufnagel (USS): (412) 562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

Thousands of members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union from across the United States, along with labor, political, religious and community allies, held a series of rallies and marches on Thursday to call for fair contracts with steelmakers ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel.

Those contracts, which cover a total of 31,000 workers, are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on the night of Saturday, Sept. 1. The union has been negotiating with the two companies since July.

“Today, we saw hard-working people standing up with one voice demanding fair treatment for themselves and their families,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

“These workers have gone three years without a wage increase,” Gerard said. “In that time, they’ve seen the cost of everything go up; they’ve seen their employers report millions of dollars in profits; they’ve seen management pay themselves millions of dollars in bonuses. And today, they stood up and said they’d seen enough.”

The union’s negotiations with ArcelorMittal cover about 15,000 members of 13 local unions while the USW’s master agreement with U.S. Steel covers more than 16,000 workers at 24 local unions.

“These workers and their families have made significant sacrifices over the years to put these two companies in a position to be extremely successful. They deserve to share in that success,” Gerard said.

The locations included in the two companies’ collective bargaining agreements are as follows:

ArcelorMittal: Burns Harbor, Cleveland, Coatesville, Conshohocken, Indiana Harbor East, Indiana Harbor West, Minorca Mine, Riverdale, Steelton, Warren Coke, Weirton, I/N Tek, I/N Kote, Columbus Coatings and Columbus Processing

U.S. Steel: Clairton Works; East Chicago Tin, Fairfield, Fairfield Southern, Fairless Hills, Gary Works, Granite City Works, Great Lakes Works, Keetac, Lone Star Tubular, Lorain Tubular, Midwest Plant, Minntac and Mon Valley Works

For bargaining updates and other information on the current negotiations, visit www.usw.org/steel.

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

Steelworkers to Rally Across Nation as Contract Expiration Approaches https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/steelworkers-to-rally-across-nation-as-contract-expiration-approaches Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:29:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/steelworkers-to-rally-across-nation-as-contract-expiration-approaches CONTACT:
Tony Montana (AM): (412) 562-2592, tmontana@usw.org
R.J. Hufnagel (USS): (412) 562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org 

Thousands of members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union along with labor and community allies are planning a nationwide day of action on Thursday, Aug. 30, with marches and rallies calling for fair treatment as their collective bargaining agreements with ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel are set to expire on Sept. 1. 

The union’s negotiations with ArcelorMittal cover about 15,000 members of 13 local unions while the USW’s master agreement with U.S. Steel covers more than 16,000 workers at 24 local unions. 

“Steelworkers have made sacrifices over the past several years that have allowed both companies to be very profitable,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “All we are asking for are fair contracts that recognize those sacrifices and allow workers to have a share of that success.” 

WHO: Members of USW locals at ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel 

WHAT: National day of action to call for fair contracts in the steel industry 

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 30 

For bargaining updates and other information on the current negotiations, visit www.usw.org/steel. 

Start times and other specifics for each event will vary depending on location. Please use the contact information above for more details on individual events. 

The locations included in the two companies’ collective bargaining agreements are as follows: 

ArcelorMittal: Burns Harbor, Cleveland, Coatesville, Conshohocken, Indiana Harbor East, Indiana Harbor West, Minorca Mine, Riverdale, Steelton, Warren Coke, Weirton, I/N Tek, I/N Kote, Columbus Coatings, Columbus Processing 

U.S. Steel: Clairton Works; East Chicago Tin, Fairfield, Fairfield Southern, Fairless Hills, Gary Works, Granite City Works, Great Lakes Works, Keetac, Lone Star Tubular, Lorain Tubular, Midwest Plant, Minntac, Mon Valley Works 

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

USW Welcomes the Return of Napoleón Gómez to Mexico https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-welcomes-the-return-of-napoleon-gomez-to-mexico Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:40:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-welcomes-the-return-of-napoleon-gomez-to-mexico CONTACT: Benjamin Davis, (412) 562-2501, bdavis@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) welcomes the return to Mexico of Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, the President and General Secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic (Los Mineros) after more than 12 years of exile.

In a letter of congratulations, USW International President Leo W. Gerard said:

“With your swearing-in to the Senate, a new world of possibilities begins for Los Mineros and the working class of Mexico. For the first time in decades, there is a real opportunity to transform the structures of worker representation, industrial justice and economic decision-making to make democratic representation, real collective bargaining, decent wages and pro-worker policies available to Mexican workers. This transformation would benefit not only workers in Mexico, but also their sisters and brothers in Canada and the United States who have suffered the unfair competition resulting from wage suppression in Mexico.”

Gómez and his family were forced to leave Mexico and seek refuge in Canada in 2006 after the government of Mexican President Vicente Fox stripped him of his legal certification as leader of the union and filed bogus criminal charges when he protested the deaths of 65 workers in an explosion at Grupo Mexico’s Pasta de Conchos mine.

The Mexican Supreme Court ordered the certification to be restored in 2012, and all of the criminal charges were dismissed in 2014. In 2011, Gómez received the AFL-CIO’s George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award.

Gómez, who was elected to the Mexican Senate on the Morena party ticket headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, received his Senate credentials yesterday and will take the oath of office tomorrow. A USW delegation headed by Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada, will be in attendance.

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

USW Condemns Lockout of Workers at Bull Moose Tube https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-condemns-lockout-of-workers-at-bull-moose-tube Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:52:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-condemns-lockout-of-workers-at-bull-moose-tube CONTACT: Wesley Thompson, (205) 631-0137, wthompson@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement from USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo today in response to the decision by Bull Moose Tube in Trenton to lock out 56 USW members at the specialty piping factory, a subsidiary of London’s Caparo PLC.

“The USW condemns the reckless decision today by Bull Moose Tube to lock out the members of USW Local 13679 at the company’s factory in Trenton, Ga.

“All workers deserve family-supporting wages, affordable health care and respect on the job. That is what these workers are seeking at the bargaining table. The company, sadly, would rather force their own hard-working employees out on the street than negotiate a fair contract that meets those fundamental needs.

“We have held more than a dozen bargaining sessions with the company, and we had every intention of continuing to bargain in good faith. Then the company made this destructive and disappointing choice to lock the doors on its own workers.

“Putting 56 people out of work doesn’t simply harm those individuals – it creates a ripple effect that causes economic hardship for families and businesses throughout the community.

“The USW has been and remains willing to continue bargaining an agreement that is fair to both sides. Unfortunately, the company has other ideas.

“We call on Bull Moose Tube to immediately reverse this ill-advised decision, put these hard-working people back on the job, and return to the bargaining table to negotiate a new agreement that treats these workers with the respect they deserve.”

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

USW: Deal Must Address All KC Jobs https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-deal-must-address-all-kc-jobs Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:48:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-deal-must-address-all-kc-jobs CONTACT: Michael Bolton, (920) 722-1288, mbolton@usw.org

Members of Local 2-482 of the United Steelworkers (USW) ratified a tentative agreement with Kimberly-Clark (KC) with the goal of preserving and expanding employment at the company’s Fox Crossing plant.

Earlier this year, the governor and State Assembly committed as much as $115 million in taxpayer money to entice Kimberly-Clark to remain in Wisconsin. KC indicated that it would not ask elected officials to vote on the enormous subsidy package until it was able to renegotiate a contract with its workers. 

Following the passage of a massive federal tax cut, the multinational personal hygiene and paper product giant announced plans in January to shut down up to 10 plants around the world and eliminate 5,500 jobs. Those cuts included the company’s plants in Neenah and Fox Crossing, Wis. Last week, Kimberly-Clark was said to be considering selling its tissue business in Europe, while other financial publications have speculated that the company was contemplating much broader asset sales as well. The handling of the announcement by KC has sparked outrage in the global labor community leaving workers on five continents wondering about their future.

Since KC’s January announcement, the USW has been meeting with company officials in an effort to negotiate a deal that would preserve good jobs.

“While our local leaders have done what needed to be done to preserve the jobs for workers and the community, we are extremely disappointed by the way Kimberly-Clark approached this matter,” said Michael Bolton, director of USW District 2, which includes Wisconsin and Michigan. “The company’s behavior throughout this process underscores why it is having global labor relations issues.”

Kimberly-Clark, founded in Neenah, Wis., in 1872, considers the Fox Crossing facility one of its “flagships.”

“The company’s handling of the announcement of its intention to shutter up to 10 plants has created enormous anxiety for communities and workers across the globe,” said USW International Vice President Jon Geenen, who oversees the union’s paper bargaining. “We are proud of local union leaders for the work that they have done to keep jobs in the community. Now it is time for the state Senate to move a package forward that is conditioned on long-term preservation of all KC jobs in Wisconsin, including the economically critical mill in Marinette. Any deal that fails to meet that objective would be a massive abuse of taxpayer trust.”

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

USW Argues for Transparency in Section 232 Exclusion Process, Urges Focus on Domestic Steel and Aluminum Production https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-argues-for-transparency-in-section-232-exclusion-process-urges-focus-on-domestic-steel-and-aluminum-production Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:17:52 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-argues-for-transparency-in-section-232-exclusion-process-urges-focus-on-domestic-steel-and-aluminum-production Contact: Roxanne Brown, 202-778-4384                                 

PITTSBURGH -- The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement after today's House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing on “Product Exclusion Process for Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum.” Roy Houseman, a representative from the USW, testified at the hearing. To read his full testimony, click here.

“The steel and aluminum Section 232 tariffs are necessary to ensure that the United States can supply our defense and critical infrastructure needs. 

“So far, these measures are working as intended. They are providing our domestic industries with needed relief, allowing U.S. companies to expand production and create thousands of jobs.

“However, if the domestic steel and aluminum industries are going to remain viable, it is critical that the Department of Commerce have a clear, focused process in considering exclusions to the Section 232 tariffs.

“Exclusions should be limited in time and scope, and Commerce should be diligent in uncovering inaccurate or misleading requests. The exclusion process should also allow for public comment.

“Tariffs alone cannot be the solution to illegal dumping and global excess capacity. However, until we can devise a comprehensive plan to address these problems, we must not undermine the benefits that these tariffs are already providing.

“Rather than granting unnecessary exclusions, the government should encourage domestic production so that the United States truly can meet its own needs in these vital sectors.”

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

New Kids singer rallies with USW members locked out by National Grid https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/new-kids-singer-rallies-with-usw-members-locked-out-by-national-grid Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:13:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/new-kids-singer-rallies-with-usw-members-locked-out-by-national-grid Contact: Michael Sherry, 617-646-1026 

Boston, Mass. (July 18, 2018) – Gas workers from United Steelworkers (USW) Locals 12003 and 12012, who have been locked out of job sites across Massachusetts by National Grid, were joined by hundreds of supporters across the Greater Boston Labor Council today for a rally and march from City Hall Plaza to the State House. In all, workers from more than 40 allied labor unions gathered to highlight the reckless and unfair negotiating tactics of National Grid, which has cut off health care to locked out employees and has accumulated a host of potential safety violations by replacement contractors.

“The massive turnout for today’s rally should send a loud and clear signal to National Grid: Massachusetts is watching right now,” said Steve Tolman, President of the MA AFL-CIO. “Using the health of your employees and the safety of your customers as bargaining chips to cut an unfair deal is wrong, and workers are standing up to say so.”

Many leaders and workers in the labor movement spoke at the rally, and one highlight was a rendition of the National Anthem and remarks by Joey McIntyre, a Massachusetts resident and singer from the iconic pop group New Kids on the Block. McIntyre’s father, Thomas McIntyre, is a legendary figure in the labor movement.

“I’m proud to stand with these hardworking men and women who provide safe and reliable gas service to communities across Massachusetts,” said Joey McIntyre. “My father is a member of the bricklayers union and we’re a strong union family. It’s disgraceful that National Grid is locking out these gas workers and we’ll continue to stand with them as they fight for a fair contract.”

The gas workers are fighting to preserve health, pension, and wage protections that keep their members within the ranks of the middle class. Workers have been without pay since the lockout began on June 24th, and their health insurance was cut off several weeks ago, forcing many employees to make extremely tough decisions about how to pay bills and cover the cost of healthcare for sick children and families, some of whom are battling cancer and other serious illnesses. 

“It’s unconscionable that National Grid has thrown over 1,000 of its most experienced employees off the job and withdrew their health care benefits,” said Richard Rogers, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council. “National Grid is jeopardizing public safety and peoples’ lives to maximize profits and line the pockets of their already obscenely well-compensated executives.” 

Since the lockout, public safety has been a major concern of elected officials in Boston and around the Commonwealth, with moratoriums or additional reviews of National Grid projects issued in Boston, Somerville, Lowell, Medford, Malden, Braintree, and Haverhill. National Grid replacement workers have less training and experience, and the lockout has prevented the most knowledgeable and skilled gas workers from working on potentially dangerous job sites. 

“We are grateful to the leaders in these communities and to all of our labor allies for standing up for our workers and for the safety of residents,” said USW Local 12003 President Joe Kirylo. “National Grid is using public safety as a bargaining chip in a dangerous attempt to force concessions at the negotiating table, and we are glad that residents of these municipalities will no longer be a part of their efforts.” 

Leaders from USW Locals 12003 and 12012 have repeatedly offered to extend their current contract while bargaining continues, but National Grid has refused in an attempt to pressure workers to give in and accept the company’s final offer.

 “It’s completely reckless and irresponsible that National Grid continues to use this lockout as a negotiating tactic,” said John Buonopane, president of USW Local 12012. “Our members work incredibly hard for this company, and it’s sad to see how little National Grid cares for its employees, their families and public safety.”

National Grid’s profits soared 24 percent last year. The company also received a massive tax cut from the Trump Administration and is seeking tens of millions of additional dollars from Massachusetts consumers as part of its upcoming rate case. 

The unions participating in today’s march included: AFT-MA, APWU Boston Local 100, Boston Climate Action Network, Boston Building Trades Council, Boston Carmen’s Union, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Boston Teachers Union, Bricklayers Local 3, Community Labor United, Green Justice Coalition, IATSE Local 11, IBEW Local 103, IBEW Local 1505, IBEW Local 2222, Ironworkers Local 7, Laborers International Union, Machinists District 15, Machinists Local 100, Mail Handlers Local 301, MassCOSH/USW 9358, Mass Nurses Assoc, Massachusetts Teachers Assoc, NAGE/SEIU 5000, NE Regional Council of Carpenters, Operating Engineers Local 877, Painters DC 35, Pipefitters Local 537, Plumbers Local 12, 1199 SEIU, SEIU 32BJ, SEIU Local 509, SEIU Local 888, Sheetmetal Workers Local 17, Teamsters Local 25, Teamsters Local 122, UFCW Local 1445, UNITE/HERE NE Joint Board, UNITE/HERE Local 26, Utility Workers 369.

USW Locals 12003 and Local 12012 represent about 1,250 gas workers in more than 85 Massachusetts cities and towns. For more information, please visit www.lockoutatnationalgrid.com

Lockout at National Grid

USW: Congress Must Consider National Security When It Comes to Trade https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-congress-must-consider-national-security-when-it-comes-to-trade Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:30:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-congress-must-consider-national-security-when-it-comes-to-trade CONTACT: Roxanne Brown, (202) 778-4384, rbrown@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement today in anticipation of a vote in Congress to reassert its authority in trade matters:

Today's expected vote is a marker that Congress wants a role in evaluating relief under Section 232 of U.S. trade laws. It is without question that Congress has oversight authority. 

But, it's a bit ironic that the Republican-led Congress wants to exercise that authority now after it essentially sat on its hands for years during which unfair trade and surging imports of steel and aluminum devastated the American industries and destroyed jobs.

Now, action is underway to ensure that the United States sustains sufficient steel and aluminum production to protect national security. Billions of dollars in new investment and tens of thousands of jobs have already been put in motion since the Section 232 investigations began. Congress must be careful not to jeopardize national security, scuttle that investment and throw thousands of workers into the unemployment lines.

In addition, opponents of the tariffs must stop deliberately misleading the public about national security. What does pose a threat to national security is continual diminishment of U.S. steel and aluminum-making capacity caused by unfair trade practices, mostly by China. The tariffs are intended to shore up U.S. capacity to ensure its availability for defense and our critical infrastructure.

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

USW Urges U.S. Senate to Deny Confirmation to Anti-Worker Kavanaugh for Supreme Court https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-urges-u-s-senate-to-deny-confirmation-to-anti-worker-kavanaugh-for-supreme-court Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:03:26 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-urges-u-s-senate-to-deny-confirmation-to-anti-worker-kavanaugh-for-supreme-court CONTACT: Wayne Ranick, (412) 562-2444, wranick@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today opposing confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Working families cannot tolerate another corporate apologist on the U.S. Supreme Court, fawning over CEOs and stomping on the rights of workers. The decisions of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit demonstrate that he deliberately elevates corporations over working people.

“It’s crucial to working families that the vacancy on the court be filled by a mainstream jurist, not one who will support Supreme Court sessions like the last one in which the right-wing majority repeatedly subjugated workers’ rights. In just two cases this year, the court’s radical conservatives limited the ability of workers to join together to file class actions lawsuits to redress workplace grievances such as wage theft and forbid members of labor unions from collecting fair share fees from public sector workers who choose not to join but who the union is required to represent.

“Kavanaugh’s opinions show him to be a rogue jurist far to the right of the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. An illustration of Kavanaugh’s extremism is that he has participated in the highest number of dissents per year of any judge on the D.C. Circuit.

“In too many of those dissents, Kavanaugh has argued against workers’ right to be represented by labor unions, their right not to be killed by unsafe employer practices, and their right not to be fired for their age or race. In contrast, Kavanaugh twice wrote that a corporation should not be held accountable for misconduct overseas.

“Kavanaugh also has sided with powerful cable companies and big banks over consumers. And it’s clear he would deny women their right to abortion after he tried – ultimately unsuccessfully – to prevent an undocumented minor who was in government custody from obtaining the procedure.

“Activist jurists like Kavanaugh, who contort the law and U.S. Constitution to conform to their political and religious positions, should return to the private practice of law and not be promoted to the Supreme Court.”

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

USW Applauds Renaming of Pitt’s Parran Hall https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-applauds-renaming-of-pitts-parran-hall Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:27:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-applauds-renaming-of-pitts-parran-hall CONTACT: R.J. Hufnagel (412) 562-2450

PITTSBURGH – Members of the University of Pittsburgh Grad Union and the Pitt Latin American Graduate Organization of Students (LAGOS) commended today’s decision by the university’s board of trustees to rename the school’s Parran Hall.

Pitt Grad Union organizers collected more than 1,300 petition signatures from community members demonstrating broad support for the name change. In April, they submitted the petitions to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion committee. Earlier this week, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher recommended that the trustees vote to rename the building.

“This shows how much can be achieved when graduate students come together and organize all across the campus,” said Rahul Amruthapuri, a doctoral student in behavioral and community health sciences.

Parran Hall, which partially houses the university’s Graduate School of Public Health, had been named for former U.S. Surgeon General Thomas Parran, who presided over the infamous Tuskegee experiments, in which treatment for syphilis was withheld from African-American men in Alabama long after penicillin was proven effective.

While Grad Union members applauded today’s vote, they said in the future the university must make such decisions with greater transparency and more consideration of student voices.

“To be an institution that serves the entire Pittsburgh community requires transparency,” said Casey Madden, a student in Pitt’s Masters of Public Health program. “We can all agree that the name should be changed, but we must be transparent in how we do it.”

Grad Union members and LAGOS members said they hoped Pitt would consider community input when deciding on a new name for the building. The union petition suggested two possible honorees, Dr. Herbert Needleman, who did foundational research into lead poisoning, and Maud Menten, a pioneering researcher in enzyme kinetics and histochemistry.

“We believe this will truly make a difference for Latinx students on campus by creating a more welcoming environment,” said Daniel Jacobson, president and founder of LAGOS. “This decision reflects the concerns of Latinx students on campus and that of the Pitt Grad Union.”

Pitt graduate students filed for a union election to join the USW in December 2017.

The Academic Workers Association is part of the USW, which represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, the service and public sectors and higher education.

USW Endorses Scott Wallace in Pennsylvania 1st Congressional District Race https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-endorses-scott-wallace-in-pennsylvania-1st-congressional-district-race Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:49:01 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-endorses-scott-wallace-in-pennsylvania-1st-congressional-district-race CONTACT: Tim Waters, (412) 999-3587, twaters@usw.org  

The United Steelworkers (USW) District 10 (Pennsylvania) Director Bob McAuliffe issued the following statement today:

“The USW is proud to endorse Scott Wallace for Congress. He has pledged to fight against unfair trade, strengthen and expand Social Security and Medicare and stand up against attacks on our union’s right to bargain collectively.”

“Scott Wallace’s no-nonsense history of fighting for fairness for veterans in his position at Veterans Affairs included overcoming constant obstacles to secure job training, housing loans and health care for veterans.  This is exactly the kind of congressman we need in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District, which is now Bucks County.

“Scott’s opponent has basically been a rubber stamp for U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, voting with him more than 80% of the time. With so much at stake and so much division in our country, we need leaders like Scott Wallace who will not blindly follow other politicians, but rather will stand up and be a voice for working families back home.

“USW members understand the value of a thoughtful independent voice in Washington, D.C. and we expect Wallace to be that voice.  We will be talking to voters in every corner of this congressional district between now and Election Day to highlight the differences between these two candidates. We anticipate that voters will recognize the clear choice and elect Wallace to Congress.”

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 public sector and service occupations.

USW Cares: Retiree from Pennsylvania wins top Jefferson Award honor for community service https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-cares-retiree-from-pennsylvania-wins-top-jefferson-award-honor-for-community-service Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:18:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2018/usw-cares-retiree-from-pennsylvania-wins-top-jefferson-award-honor-for-community-service Contact: Connie Mabin, 412-562-2616, cmabin@usw.org

A retired United Steelworkers member from Pennsylvania who channeled his grief into good after his teenaged daughter died from liver cancer has won top honors from the Jefferson Awards Foundation, marking the third–straight year the union has taken a national prize for its community service work.

Marc Scott, a member of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 15-20 and former member of USW Local 7139 in Washington, Pa., Thursday night was among grassroots heroes honored with national Jefferson Awards Foundation awards.

Scott channeled his grief into good after his only daughter, Olivia, died from liver cancer at age 17. He wanted to honor her memory and pay forward the generosity and compassion his family received in some of their darkest days.

Nine years later, the Olivia Scott Foundation has donated over $250,000, provided assistance to youth in life-altering situations, given scholarships, promoted sportsmanship, supported community service events and given back to Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital – where you can find Olivia’s Coffee cart, Olivia’s Stockings filled with toys at holiday time, and Olivia’s Books for patients and their families. The Foundation also hosts holiday parties for hospital staff and provides prom and formal wear to students in need.

“Marc’s strength and compassion, especially after such personal tragedy, represent the resilience of our union and the amazing people in it so well,” said Leo W. Gerard, USW’s International President. “We are humbled that USW has taken the Jefferson Awards’ top award for the third-straight year, but the recognition isn’t why we’re so active in our communities. It’s because it’s the right thing to do.”

“Olivia’s courage, hope and grace is the reason we give,” Scott said. “I’m humbled by this award and grateful for my union for helping shine a spotlight on the Olivia Scott Foundation so that we can continue to do the work of helping others.”

The USW is a Champion with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building a culture of service through a variety of programs and awards. As a Champion, the union was able to create a formal structure to allow members and retirees to be nominated for Jefferson Awards and put a spotlight on USW Cares efforts in communities across North America. The program includes training to help build leadership and other skills through effective community service.

The National Ceremony, now in its 46th year, took place June 28, 2018 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. and was sponsored by the NFL, Vodafone, Clearsight Advisors, Deloitte, The Glover Park Group and USW.

Scott was selected as the USW’s overall Jefferson Awards Foundation Champion volunteer for 2018. The union had over 150 nominations from each of its districts in the United States and Canada and from among its Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR). The 2018 USW regional Jefferson Award winners are:

District 1 (Ohio): Katrina Fitzgerald, Local Union 1123, Canton, Ohio for coordinating an annual car wash to benefit the domestic violence shelter, an annual golf tournament to benefit veterans and serving her community and union in various other ways.

District 2 (Michigan, Wisconsin): Women of Steel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This regional council of Women of Steel (WOS) activists from the southern Wisconsin area help year round in various ways, from fundraising for Special Olympics and other causes to helping veterans and the homeless. WOS in District 2 also volunteer at schools to teach kids about the union.

District 3 (British Columbia, Canada): Julie Charbonneau, Local 1944, Burnaby, B.C. for her decades of service as a shop steward and getting others involved through community service. She organizes several events to help the homeless, the addicted and the mentally ill. 

District 4 (New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Puerto Rico): USW Local 135L, Tonawanda, N.Y., for raising more than $170,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation, helping the homeless, raising tens of thousands of dollars to help USW sisters and brothers affected by hurricanes, and supporting in-need families in various other ways.

District 5 (Quebec, Canada): Daniel Mallette, USW Local 919, Montreal, for his 25-year commitment to supporting workers, including raising $5,000 a year for community organizations that help workers on strike. He also raises money for the United Way and volunteers to support youth, women, homeless and others in need.

District 6 (Ontario, Canada): Phillip Stewart-Bourgoyne, USW Local 8327, Ottawa, for his time volunteering at area food banks, a rehab center and raising money for the homeless. Phil leads several volunteer activities at his local, including adopting families during the holidays, and he is known for promoting the union wherever he goes.

District 7 (Indiana, Illinois): Markael Watkins, USW Local 1014, Gary, Indiana, for his tireless dedication to building the Community Services committee at his local. He has lead actions to provide veterans with hot meals, honor American’s first black mayor, Richard Hatcher, and give bicycles to under-privileged children.

District 8 (West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky): Robert Stoots, USW Local 8495, Parrott, Va., for his decades’ long service at the local volunteer fire department, political activism and time coaching youth sports. As a first responder, Stoots has earned a reputation for helping countless USW members who work at the ammunition facility who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

District 9 (Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee): Carla Leslie, USW Local 15120, Chattanooga, Tenn., for her endless commitment to service work; Carla helps the homeless, organizes coat drives, reads to children and volunteers wherever possible. She is also credited with helping build her local’s Women of Steel program.

District 10 (Pennsylvania):  Robin Drace, USW Local 10-0086, Harleysville, Pa., for her program that provides care packages to deployed soldiers serving in the U.S. military. With the help of her union sisters and brothers, she’s sent more than 3,000 care packages abroad.

District 11 (Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa):  Lana Hiltbrunner, USW Local 9460, Ely, Minnesota, for her work planning an annual fishing tournament that benefits Cystic Fibrosis and working for over a decade to provide Cystic Fibrosis education and help find a cure.

District 12 (California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho):  USW Local 7600 Civil and Human Rights Committee, Fontana, Calif., for their tireless commitment to not only fighting for social justice but also leading their local’s community service efforts, which include annual toy drives, monthly food drives and volunteerism.

District 13 (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas):  Juan Almanza, USW Local 227, Pasadena, Texas, for his work with other USW members providing necessities and supplies to Steelworkers impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, including sending a massive shipping container full of supplies to Puerto Rico. Jennifer Penner of USW Local 241 in Kansas, District 11, co-led this project.

Staff: Marcos Velez, District 13, for his commitment to helping USW members become active in their union and communities, including assisting with hurricane relief efforts and thinking outside-the-box with ideas such as bargaining scholarship programs to help domestic violence survivors earn employment at USW-represented facilities

About the USW: The USW is North America’s largest industrial union, representing 1.2 million active and retired workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply, and the energy-producing industries. For more information: @Steelworkers on social networks and www.usw.org/uswcares.

About the Jefferson Awards Foundation: The Jefferson Awards Foundation is committed to tapping into the incredible capacity and spirit of Americans. Its Youth programs, Students In Action, LEAD360, and GlobeChangers, support, train and empower youth to be leaders and changemakers. Its vast network of Media Partners honors local unsung heroes who are the best of their communities. Its Champions and National Partners are engaging, activating and celebrating their millions of constituents and employees. All together, working to build a culture of service in the country. For more information: www.jeffersonawards.org, @JeffersonAwards.