United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed 2021-01-11 17:17:07 -0600 AMPS en hourly 1 Steel Industry and Labor Urge Biden to Keep Steel Tariffs in Place https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/steel-industry-and-labor-urge-biden-to-keep-steel-tariffs-in-place Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:17:07 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/steel-industry-and-labor-urge-biden-to-keep-steel-tariffs-in-place WASHINGTON, DC- Four of the leading domestic steel industry associations and the United Steelworkers union today urged President-elect Joe Biden to ensure steel tariffs and quotas, put in place in 2018 to protect national security, are preserved.

In a letter to the president-elect, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), the United Steelworkers union (USW), The Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports (CPTI) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), urged that, “Continuation of the [steel] tariffs and quotas is essential to ensuring the viability of the domestic steel industry in the face of this massive and growing excess steel capacity. Removing or weakening of these measures before major steel producing countries eliminate their overcapacity --and the subsidies and other trade-distorting policies that have fueled the steel crisis -- will only invite a new surge in imports with devastating effects to domestic steel producers and their workers.” 

The letter states that the OECD last year projected that steel overcapacity would grow to 700 million metric tons in 2020 – eight times the total steel output of the United States last year. China, Vietnam and Turkey, among others, continue to increase their steel production even as the pandemic has caused demand for steel to drop around the world.  Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia and others continue to export large shares of their steel production to other markets.

“Unfortunately, the steel industry’s recovery was set back by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a significant drop in demand last spring, forcing painful job cuts as steel mills, fabricators and pipe and tube mills either cut back production or shut down entirely. As customers have restarted production, the steel industry has begun to recover, but we remain very vulnerable to new surges in imports,” the groups wrote. 

“We stand ready to work with your administration to address the global trade distortions in steel that continue to threaten our industry and its orkers,” they concluded. 

The full version of the letter can be found here.

Contacts:

AISI  – Lisa Harrison, lharrison@steel.org, 202.452.7115

SMA – Annie Stefanec, stefanec@steelnet.org  202.296.1515

USW – Jess Kamm Broomell, jkamm@usw.org, 412-562-2444

CPTI – Tamara Browne,  tbrowne@schagrinassociates.com, 202.763.7770 

AISC – Dani Friedland, friedland@aisc.org, 312.670.5439

 

 

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USW Members Approve Five Year Contract with Constellium to End Strike in Muscle Shoals https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-members-approve-five-year-contract-with-constellium-to-end-strike-in-muscle-shoals Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:12:25 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-members-approve-five-year-contract-with-constellium-to-end-strike-in-muscle-shoals More information, contact: Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

Muscle Shoals, Ala. – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that members of Local 200 have ratified a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement that ends the strike against Constellium over unfair labor practices at its Second Street production facility, formerly owned by Wise Alloys and Reynolds.

Roughly 400 members of Local 200 will begin returning to work on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo praised the union membership and bargaining committee for standing together in unity to defend longstanding seniority provisions and achieve a fair contract.

“Together, we took a stand on Constellium’s attack on our members' seniority rights,” Flippo said. “Our solidarity provided the protection that was able to be achieved, and we look forward to working with this strong and vibrant, engaged membership in the future.”

The unfair labor practice strike by about 400 members of USW Local 200 began on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, after months of negotiations with management failed and despite extending the previous contract with Constellium for more than a month past its Nov. 1, 2020 expiration.

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, service, tech and academic occupations.

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USW Vice President Brown Elected to National Endowment for Democracy https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-vice-president-brown-elected-to-national-endowment-for-democracy Fri, 08 Jan 2021 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-vice-president-brown-elected-to-national-endowment-for-democracy Contact: Ben Davis, bdavis@usw.org, 412-562-2501

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) today elected USW International Vice-President Roxanne Brown as a member. 

The NED is an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. The NED makes grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad, including labor unions, who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.

“Vice-President Brown’s election to this position of trust reflects the USW’s commitment to democratic accountability in the global economy,” said USW International President Tom Conway.  “Her expertise in global economic issues and the legislative process will help ensure that the NED continues to support the democratic aspirations of workers around the world.”

Created jointly by Republicans and Democrats, NED is governed by a board balanced between both parties and enjoys Congressional support across the political spectrum. 

The board thanked USW International Vice-President Fred Redmond, who is stepping down after six years of membership.

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

 

 

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USW Applauds Biden Picks for Labor, Commerce Secretaries https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-applauds-biden-picks-for-labor-commerce-secretaries Thu, 07 Jan 2021 20:24:15 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-applauds-biden-picks-for-labor-commerce-secretaries Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

PITTSBURGH – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in response to the announcements that President-elect Joe Biden selected Marty Walsh to serve as Labor Secretary and Gina Raimondo to serve as Commerce Secretary. 

“The Departments of Labor and Commerce are both important for protecting workers and their jobs. Joe Biden’s choices of Marty Walsh and Gina Raimondo to lead these departments continue to demonstrate his commitment to advancing the interests of working people.

“President-elect Biden has long prioritized workers, and naming Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary helps set the country on the path toward greater economic equality and shared prosperity. 

“As a longtime union member and former leader of the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council, Walsh understands the value of a hard day’s work and a collectively bargained contract. Given Walsh’s commitment to workers’ rights, including the right to organize, he will undoubtedly use the office of Labor Secretary to continue fighting on behalf of all working people.

 “Gov. Raimondo will also be an important ally to President-elect Biden in ensuring the effectiveness and impact of his Build Back Better program.   

“As Rhode Island governor, she addressed the worst unemployment rate in the nation and advanced workforce training programs and other initiatives to promote good jobs in her state.   

“She focused on jobs and business development, which will be important to economic recovery and, with the underlying emphasis on fair trade and good jobs of the President-elect, her stewardship over the Department of Commerce’s trade responsibilities should help promote economic recovery in key trade-impacted industries.

“The USW looks forward to working closely with both Walsh and Raimondo.”

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 Decries Trump-Incited Violence https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-decries-trump-incited-violence Thu, 07 Jan 2021 16:36:45 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-decries-trump-incited-violence Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

 

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) union issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

President Donald Trump spent the last four years stoking the flames of division, feeding a constant stream of deliberate misinformation to his base and openly attacking the basic tenets of American democracy. His focus has been his own self-interest and not on the preservation of our nation or his constitutional duties as the president.  

Yesterday, his inflammatory rhetoric finally culminated in a group of his misguided supporters storming the U.S. Capitol, and putting the lives of government leaders and workers at risk. 

Tragically, four people are now dead as a result of this unpatriotic attack, and America is left to pick up the pieces in the wake of domestic terrorism he has spurred.

The USW is repulsed by this episode and this president, but we are determined to do everything we can to protect our republic and ensure President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s peaceful transition to the White House on Jan. 20. As a free and independent labor movement, we can never stand by and watch a demagogue tear down our institutions and rights as Americans. 

The nation is not Donald Trump’s private playground. 

The people have spoken, as they do every four years, and it is time to move forward rebuilding our country on a firm foundation of equality, justice, and peace. 

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 Mourns Paperworkers President Wayne E. Glenn https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-mourns-paperworkers-president-wayne-e-glenn Wed, 06 Jan 2021 11:37:34 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-mourns-paperworkers-president-wayne-e-glenn Contact: Tony Montana, (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union is saddened by the news that former United Paperworkers International Union President Wayne E. Glenn passed away on January 3, 2021.

Glenn enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II, and when he returned to Arkansas, he worked in a paper mill and became active in the labor movement. He was the first President of the Arkansas State AFL-CIO and a nine-state regional director before becoming President of the United Paperworkers, an office he held until retirement in 1996, after 50 years in the union.

USW International President Thomas M. Conway said that Glenn served as a mentor to many in the labor movement by devoting his life to the service of others and to his country.

“In the labor movement in particular, we recognize that everything we achieve is possible because of the hard work, dedication and sacrifices made by those who came before us,” Conway said. “We are proud to honor Wayne Glenn's legacy by continuing to fight for all workers.”

USW International Vice President Leeann Foster said that Glenn was well known for being an outspoken advocate for justice.

“We are saddened by the loss of our brother, mentor and friend,” Foster said. “We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and others throughout the labor movement who Wayne Glenn inspired to activism.”

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, service, tech and academic occupations.

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USW Welcomes Covid Relief Package, Cites Need for Further Aid in New Year https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-welcomes-covid-relief-package-cites-need-for-further-aid-in-new-year Tue, 22 Dec 2020 09:48:21 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-welcomes-covid-relief-package-cites-need-for-further-aid-in-new-year For Immediate Release: Dec. 22, 2020

Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

PITTSBURGH – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Congress approved a $900 billion economic relief package, providing emergency aid in the wake of the pandemic. 

“This relief package is a step in the right direction, providing long-overdue funding for vital programs that will help slow the worst of the Covid-related economic fallout and protect working families as they continue to struggle. 

 “In particular, direct aid to workers in the form of expanded unemployment benefits and stimulus payments remains the key to keeping our economy running and will provide a lifeline for many families.

“We commend Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for their unwavering commitment to ensuring working families are the direct recipients of a significant portion of this aid. 

“However, there is a great deal of work left to do in the new year. As the virus claims more and more American lives, recent restrictions are an unfortunate necessity. Rolling out the Covid vaccine will take months, and in the meantime, unemployment claims continue to rise.

“Working families will continue to need help beyond the expiration of this deal. 

“With 20 million workers seeking continued unemployment insurance claims, it is vital that Congress prepare to extend relief past March as the country continues to recover. We cannot repeat the failure of Senate Republican leadership holding pandemic relief up for months.

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but our country will need further aid beyond this agreement so that we can get through this crisis 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 Strikes Constellium over Unfair Labor Practices in Muscle Shoals https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-strikes-constellium-over-unfair-labor-practices-in-muscle-shoals Mon, 21 Dec 2020 14:22:16 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-strikes-constellium-over-unfair-labor-practices-in-muscle-shoals Contact: Tony Montana, 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) said that more than 400 members of Local 200 are on strike against Constellium over unfair labor practices at its Second Street production facility, formerly owned by Wise Alloys and Reynolds.

The strike began on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, after months of negotiations with management failing to bargain to a fair, acceptable agreement despite extending the previous contract with Constellium for more than a month past its Nov. 1, 2020 expiration.

“Constellium insists on a contract that would erase decades of collective bargaining progress on issues like seniority and occupational health and safety in order to give management the unchecked authority to pick and choose exactly who works and when,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo. “We're going to fight to hold the company accountable and to win the fair contract that USW members have earned and deserve.”

“Long before Constellium acquired this plant, our union contract made these the kind of jobs that support families and sustain our community,” he said. “We cannot allow the company to take them away.”

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, service, tech and academic occupations.


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Biden Administration Picks Demonstrate Pro-Worker Priorities https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/biden-administration-picks-demonstrate-pro-worker-priorities Fri, 18 Dec 2020 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/biden-administration-picks-demonstrate-pro-worker-priorities Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

PITTSBURGH – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in response to the announcements that President-elect Joe Biden nominated Jennifer Granholm to serve as Energy Secretary and would name Gina McCarthy to serve as White House Climate Coordinator. 

“President-elect Joe Biden’s choices of Jennifer Granholm and Gina McCarthy to serve in his administration shows that he understands what’s at stake for working people as we seek to get the U.S. economy back on track.

“Both Granholm and McCarthy know that domestic manufacturing must be a priority and that it is necessary to balance environmental progress with preserving good-paying manufacturing jobs. 

“Our union has worked closely with both appointees in the past through the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) and other initiatives, and we are certain that they will keep American workers in the foreground as they begin their work. 

“We are similarly confident that Ali Zaidi, Biden’s pick for Deputy White House Climate Coordinator, understands the intersection of good environmental policy and economic growth.

“Biden’s other choices, namely Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary, and Katherine Tai as United States Trade Representative, also reflect a pro-worker agenda. 

“Yellen’s experience with the Federal Reserve, helping regrow our economy after the Great Recession, and Tai’s work to help ensure strong labor protections were a bedrock of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), suggest that they will continue prioritizing working people and their jobs. 

“The Biden administration faces unique challenges as our country begins to put the Covid-19 pandemic behind us and we look to a future that ensures economic resiliency and shared prosperity. His nominees are well suited to the task.”  

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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Carnegie Museum Workers Vote to Become USW Members https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/carnegie-museum-workers-vote-to-become-usw-members Tue, 15 Dec 2020 16:14:06 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/carnegie-museum-workers-vote-to-become-usw-members Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, rhufnagel@usw.org, (412) 562-2450

Workers across the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh system voted overwhelmingly to join the Pittsburgh-based United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The workers will become part of a 500-member USW unit called the United Museum Workers. They serve as scientists, educators, art handlers, front desk and administrative staff, gift shop clerks, ushers and other workers at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum.

“We are thrilled to become members of the strong and diverse labor union whose founding members helped to build the fortune of our museum’s namesake,” said Gabi DiDonna, associate registrar at the Carnegie Museum of Art. “We look forward to having a seat at the table and a voice in the decisions that affect our quality of life both on and off the job.”

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh system was founded in 1895 by steel giant Andrew Carnegie. The system’s workers announced their USW campaign in June with an online rally.

Along with better pay and benefits, the workers filed for their election in October with an agenda to seek inclusivity in hiring, greater accessibility, increased transparency, a safer work environment, and a voice in the museum’s decision-making process.

Aiyana Kachmarek, gallery attendant at the Andy Warhol Museum, said that the COVID-19 pandemic helped to fuel the organizing effort by bringing to light on-the-job health and safety concerns that some workers may not have considered before.

“Our goal is to build the best, most welcoming and safest museum system for workers and for the people of the Pittsburgh area,” said Chloe Deardorff, program presenter at the Carnegie Science Center. “The best way to do that is through collective action. We look forward to sitting down and bargaining a first contract that helps us to reach those goals.”

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

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USW Commends Independent Mexico Labor Expert Board, Echoes Call to Strengthen Mexican Labor Rights https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-commends-independent-mexico-labor-expert-board-echoes-call-to-strengthen-mexican-labor-rights Tue, 15 Dec 2020 13:58:27 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-commends-independent-mexico-labor-expert-board-echoes-call-to-strengthen-mexican-labor-rights Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

 

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers union (USW) today commended the Independent Mexico Labor Expert Board for its thoughtful and thorough investigation into the progress of Mexican labor reform and concurred with its recommendations on appropriate steps to further protect Mexican workers.

The board, an advisory group established by Congress to monitor labor rights in Mexico under the U. S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), released an interim report on Dec. 15 assessing the current state of Mexican labor reform and endorsing further U.S. support. 

While noting significant progress on labor law reform, the report found that “many of the changes promised to improve the lives of workers, in terms of union democracy, freedom of association and collective bargaining, remain to be implemented.” The board also determined that Mexico’s system of employer-controlled “protection unions” remains intact.

The board recommended that the United States carefully monitor Mexico’s actions to end violence against worker rights advocates, increase transparency and focus enforcement on priority sectors, which include manufacturing and mining. 

The U.S. government should accelerate the delivery of aid to strengthen Mexican workers’ ability to exercise their rights to organize and bargain under the new law, the board also found.  Advancing workers’ rights in Mexico will promote a rising standard of living for its people and reduce downward pressure on wages for U.S. workers.

The board’s members were appointed by the leadership of the U. S. House and Senate as well as the Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy, chaired by USW International President Tom Conway.   

See the full text of the report here.

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 Aims to Mitigate Effects of Planned Shutdown at Mylan https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-aims-to-mitigate-effects-of-planned-shutdown-at-mylan Fri, 11 Dec 2020 14:08:40 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-aims-to-mitigate-effects-of-planned-shutdown-at-mylan Contact: J.D. Wilson, jwilson@usw.org, (304) 489-3961

The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement today from USW District 8 Director Ernest R. "Billy" Thompson in response to the announcement that Mylan owner Viatris plans to close the company’s manufacturing facility in Morgantown in July 2021 as part of a global corporate restructuring plan.

“The USW stands with the thousands of workers, families and small businesses in the Morgantown area that will be potentially devastated by this loss of 1,500 jobs. When corporations make decisions like this, there is a ripple effect of pain felt throughout the entire region.

“In particular, we are deeply concerned about the effect that these plans could have on the 875 members of USW Local 8-957 who stand to lose their jobs, along with the 300 more members currently on layoff. Our hearts go out to them and to their families as they cope with today’s extremely unsettling news.

“It’s incredibly sad when, in the race for ever-greater profits, corporations upend the lives of hard-working American families. Still, our union will not simply walk away. The USW has been in contact with Viatris officials and local political leaders, and we intend to work with them to do whatever we can to mitigate the effects of the company’s plan on this community. Our work is just beginning, but we intend to make sure that the workers and families who are devastated by today’s news are not left behind or forgotten.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, mining, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, the service, public and health care sectors and higher education. District 8 represents thousands of USW members in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia.

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NLRB Hearing Officer Urges Certification of USW Election at Kumho Tire https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/nlrb-hearing-officer-urges-certification-of-usw-election-at-kumho-tire Fri, 13 Nov 2020 17:32:15 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/nlrb-hearing-officer-urges-certification-of-usw-election-at-kumho-tire Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

A hearing officer with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recommended certifying Kumho Tire workers’ organizing victory with the United Steelworkers (USW) and dismissing the company’s objections “in their entirety.”

After workers at the Macon, Ga., plant last year overcame Kumho’s oppressive anti-union campaign and voted to join the USW, the company filed several groundless objections in an effort to overturn the election.

The NLRB Regional Director dismissed some of those objections months ago, citing the lack of evidence.

In a report issued Nov. 10, NLRB Hearing Officer Brenna C. Schertz discredited the remaining objections. She determined that one company witness fabricated testimony and scolded Kumho for presenting “nonsensical” evidence and making allegations that were “wholly without merit.” 

Schertz recommended overruling all of Kumho’s objections and certifying the workers’ election. The decision now rests with the NLRB Regional Director.

“Since the start of the organizing campaign, Kumho has employed every underhanded tactic possible to thwart the election, break the will of its workers and silence them,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who represents thousands of USW members in seven southern states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

“It’s time for the company to face facts,” he said. “Workers voted to unionize so they could obtain decent wages and safe working conditions. Kumho must now come to the negotiating table and bargain in good faith for the fair contract their workers earned.”

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 Looks Forward to Working with Biden-Harris Administration https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-looks-forward-to-working-with-biden-harris-administration Sat, 07 Nov 2020 16:21:37 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-looks-forward-to-working-with-biden-harris-administration Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement today from USW International President Tom Conway in response to the results of the U.S. presidential election:

“The USW congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory in Tuesday’selection. We are hopeful that their administration will usher in a new era in Washington of leaders who don’t just talk about supporting working Americans, but who actually follow through with action.

“The President-elect ran on a platform, which the USW supported, of containing the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring access to quality health care, getting our economy back on track and putting millions of Americans back to work. These must be the top priorities as the new administration transitions and prepares to take office in January.

“In particular, the USW looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration on their plan to invest $1.3 trillion over 10 years to rebuild and modernize our crumbling infrastructure using American-made products. This comprehensive infrastructure plan is central to our economic recovery and must be a top priority for the newly elected president and Congress.
“We also are excited about the incoming administration’s stated goal of empowering workers and making it easier for them to form unions and bargain collectively with their employers. For too long, our leaders in Washington have sided with corporate America to silence workers voices. It’s time for a president who has workers’ backs and stands with the people on Main Street instead of Wall Street. 

“We know this has been a long and contentious election campaign, but we hope that Americans are ready for us all to move forward, together, to fight for the things all working people deserve: Good jobs, quality health care and a secure retirement.”  

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 Alerts Trump Administration to Plight of Mexican Labor Activist Susana Prieto Terrazas https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-alerts-trump-administration-to-plight-of-mexican-labor-activist-susana-prieto-terrazas Wed, 28 Oct 2020 14:20:46 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-alerts-trump-administration-to-plight-of-mexican-labor-activist-susana-prieto-terrazas Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway today sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stating concerns about the treatment of independent trade union lawyer and attorney Susana Prieto Terrazas.

Prieto, an outspoken advocate for labor rights, was jailed in June and has now been ordered to attend court hearings this week where it is likely that she will again be detained and incarcerated.

The letter further expresses alarm that Prieto’s treatment undermines the Mexican labor law reforms spelled out in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and urges the administration to convey these concerns to the Mexican authorities.

See the full text of the letter here.

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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Carnegie Museum Workers File for Union Election https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/carnegie-museum-workers-file-for-union-election Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:29:24 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/carnegie-museum-workers-file-for-union-election Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, jkamm@usw.org, 412-562-2444

Approximately 500 scientists, educators, art handlers, front staff, gift shop clerks, ushers and other workers from across the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh system today announced that they filed for a union election as they seek to join the United Steelworkers (USW).

The group, working under the banner of the United Museum Workers, announced their organizing drive on June 29 and are now seeking a formal vote through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“Our movement began with concerns about transparency and limited career opportunities, but it now has even greater urgency as it’s expanded to address furloughs, pay cuts, and safety issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Katie Pirilla, an art handler at the Carnegie Museum of Art. “Workers continued organizing throughout the pandemic and found renewed strength in our fight for a safe museum for employees and the public alike.”

By filing for a certification election, the United Museum Workers seek to create a wall-to-wall collective bargaining unit comprising the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, and central administrative staff.

“Our group represents a diverse range of departments, duties, interests and ideas, but what all of us need is a seat at the table and a voice in the museum’s decision-making process,” said Ryan Martin, a sales associate in the Carnegie Museum of Art gift shop. “The founder of our museums, Andrew Carnegie, made his fortunes on the backs of thousands of workers who labored for low pay in extremely hazardous conditions. We intend to honor this legacy by voting for union representation.”

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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NLRB Affirms Kumho Illegally Suppressed USW Drive https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/nlrb-affirms-kumho-illegally-suppressed-usw-drive Mon, 12 Oct 2020 14:20:55 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/nlrb-affirms-kumho-illegally-suppressed-usw-drive Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

(Pittsburgh) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week upheld an administrative law judge’s findings that Kumho Tire illegally threatened and coerced workers at its Macon, Ga., site in a deliberate attempt to stop them from joining the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The Board ordered Kumho to call a plant-wide meeting and read a detailed statement that not only acknowledges the company’s unlawful conduct but pledges future compliance with workers’ labor rights. Kumho’s president and its highest-ranking human resources executive must read the statement exactly as prepared by the NLRB. The company’s conduct was so egregious that the Board also took the unusual step of ordering that the company must hold the meeting in the presence of a USW official. 

“No matter how low this greedy corporation stoops, it will never defeat its workers’ battle for representation and a fair contract. And the USW will never give up on helping these workers,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who represents thousands of Steelworkers in Georgia, six other southern states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Administrative Law Judge Arthur J. Amchan ruled that Kumho tainted a 2017 representation election by coercing union supporters and threatening to close the plant if workers voted to join the USW, among other labor law violations. Kumho appealed, but the NLRB, in an Oct. 8 ruling, affirmed Amchan’s findings. 

Last fall, Kumho workers voted to join the USW through a separate election process.

“Once again, the federal government has publicly censured Kumho for its egregious and oppressive conduct,” Flippo said. “It’s time for the company to face facts. Its workers voted to unionize, and Kumho now must come to the table and commit to good-faith negotiations for the equitable contract these hard-working men and women long ago earned.”

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 Backs Thermal Paper Trade Petitions https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-backs-thermal-paper-trade-petitions Thu, 08 Oct 2020 11:48:21 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-backs-thermal-paper-trade-petitions Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today announced that it filed a letter with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission in support of antidumping (AD) petitions on thermal paper imported from four countries.

The petitions, filed by Domtar and Appvion, call for antidumping duties to be imposed on imports from Germany, Japan, Korea and Spain.  

“Domestic papermaking supports good, family-sustaining jobs, and the workers in these operations take a great deal of pride in what they do,” said USW International Vice President Leeann Foster, who oversees bargaining in the union’s paper sector. “They deserve to compete on a level playing field.

“We cannot allow dumped thermal paper to undermine our domestic industry or the communities that rely on these jobs.”

The USW represents workers who make thermal paper in Appleton, Wis., Ware, Mass., and West Carrollton, Ohio.

In May, the union filed its own trade petitions on dumped and illegally subsidized passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires. That case is now awaiting final determinations by the Commerce Department and ITC.

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 health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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Paper, Packaging and Graphical Unions Team Up on Safety Rights https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/paper-packaging-and-graphical-unions-team-up-on-safety-rights Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:24:39 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/paper-packaging-and-graphical-unions-team-up-on-safety-rights Contact: Leeann Foster, lfoster@usw.org, 412-562-2282; Jess Kamm Broomell, jkamm@usw.org, 412-562-2444

Trade union members on all continents are working together this month to promote health and safety in the pulp, paper, graphical and packaging industries, particularly emphasizing workers’ rights to participate in safety management on the job. 

This is the third global action of the 3R campaign led by IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union. Each centers around one of three core rights: 

  • Right to know about hazards at work
  • Right to refuse, or to shut down, unsafe work
  • Right to participate fully in health and safety decision-making

All multinational companies across the industry have workplace health and safety programs. Some are designed in corporate offices and sent to local managers to implement. Other companies do it differently, with unions and worker safety representatives involved in the creation of policies, programs and procedures. This month’s work promotes those that are jointly designed and monitored by providing resources to union workers across the industries.

“In North America we rolled out this third coordinated action on Labor Day, and so far, more than 70,000 USW paper workers have received the action materials,” said Leeann Foster, IndustriALL Pulp and Paper Sector Co-Chair and USW International Vice-President, who leads this safety and health work. “Nobody wants death or injury to occur in their industry, not unions, not employers. But to make the change we must take action to ensure the three core rights of safety are a reality, and not just words.”

As the world grapples with the pandemic, many companies are rolling out new rules on health and safety, from personal hygiene, to restricted visitors, to physical distancing. This is a vital time for worker participation in identifying hazards, and how to mitigate them.

Joint Health and Safety Committees are provided by law in many countries, but they were initially products of collective bargaining. The worker representatives on those committees must be elected, and not chosen by management and truly have the Right to Participate.

“Experience shows us that in matters as important as health and safety, the management of the company cannot be the only one to decide. It is imperative to establish joint structures in which trade unions and employers jointly decide on measures to protect workers,” said President of UNI Graphical & Packaging, Joaquina Rodriguez Torrejon.

Download all the action materials here.

The two international unions, IndustriALL Global Union and UNI, bring together unions on all continents across these four industries. See more on the two global union websites: www.industriall-union.org and www.uniglobalunion.org.

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. The USW is an affiliate of IndustriALL and UNI.

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USW Launches Multi-State ‘Batlight’ Tour to Turn out Vote https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-launches-multi-state-batlight-tour-to-turn-out-vote Fri, 11 Sep 2020 08:56:50 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-launches-multi-state-batlight-tour-to-turn-out-vote Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) this week kicked off a series of actions in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan to spotlight how elections and politics impact workers and their communities.

Between now and Election Day, the USW will use an outdoor projector to shine a “batlight” style image onto buildings after dark encouraging workers to make a plan to vote in the upcoming general election.

“USW members across the country are familiar with the consequences of the broken promises they have endured for the last four years,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “The president claims to have saved jobs, but his failed policies are responsible for hastening the loss of manufacturing employment.”

“Even though the pandemic has changed and in many ways limited our opportunities to interact with each other,” Conway said, “we still want to make sure everyone’s making a plan to vote.”

For pictures, please click here.

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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