United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed 2022-05-16 10:43:43 -0500 AMPS en hourly 1 USW member joins Sen. Baldwin for introduction of the Workplace Violence Act https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-member-joins-sen-baldwin-for-introduction-of-the-workplace-violence-act Mon, 16 May 2022 10:43:43 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-member-joins-sen-baldwin-for-introduction-of-the-workplace-violence-act Valencia Davis has worked in health care for 38 years, servicing the most vulnerable people in her community. Sometimes this has included working with patients on a psychiatric hold for their own protection, and like many health care workers, Davis has experienced workplace violence more than once.

This is why she and other USW activists are fighting for the passage of H.R. 1195, also known as the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. Originally passed with bipartisan support by the U.S. House in spring 2021 thanks to Rep. Joe Courtney, the bill was introduced to the Senate last Wednesday, May 11, by Sen. Tammy Baldwin. 

Davis, who is a member of Local 7600, participated in the virtual press conference announcing the introduction of the bill, which has 26 co-sponsors in the Senate. She highlighted several violent incidents when she was put in harm’s way on the job.

“One time I was watching a patient on a psychiatric hold and out of nowhere he jumped up and attempted to lock me in his private room,” she said. “When I tried to open the door, he grabbed me, and I started to scream for help.”

In an April survey of 2,500 nurses from National Nurses United, 48 percent of nurses working in hospitals reported an increase in workplace violence, up from 31 percent in September 2021. Some states have enacted legislation on their own to address this growing crisis, including Davis’ home state of California, which, in 2019, passed a workplace violence standard.

“Now employers are required to make a plan that includes frontline caregivers’ input – and every health care worker in America deserves the same opportunity,” Davis said. “We deserve a safe workplace so we can provide the best care.”

Former USW Vice President of Human Affairs and current AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond also spoke at the press conference and demanded the government step in as workers’ lives are on the line.

“Workplace violence is not just part of the job,” said Redmond, who used to oversee the USW Health Care Workers Council. “It has been a worsening problem for more than a decade, and it is preventable. It is time for our Congress to act.”

USW members have been pushing for the Workplace Violence Act for years, and have even marched and lobbied in Washington to have their voices heard.

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USW Announces Tentative Agreement with Arconic on Four-Year Contract https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-announces-tentative-agreement-with-arconic-on-four-year-contract Sun, 15 May 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-announces-tentative-agreement-with-arconic-on-four-year-contract Contact:  Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached a tentative agreement on a new, four-year master contract with Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) covering roughly 3,400 workers in Davenport, Iowa; Alcoa, Tenn.; Lafayette, Ind.; and Massena, N.Y.

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, who chaired the negotiations, said the tentative agreement features substantial wage and benefit improvements for all Arconic employees.

“For their outstanding work throughout the pandemic and beyond, USW members have earned and deserve a fair agreement,” Ramirez said. “The unity and solidarity of our membership across all of the Arconic locations enabled us to negotiate improved security for our earnings, benefits and jobs in this contract.”

The USW said that the proposed new contract increases wages by 20 percent over its term, maintains the current health care coverage with no premium increases, improves pensions and includes the addition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.

Members of the USW committee will now return to their locals to discuss the terms of the proposed agreement with workers with the unanimous recommendation that it be ratified.

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

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USW Leader Seeks Trade Relief on Chinese Rail Component Imports https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-leader-seeks-trade-relief-on-chinese-rail-component-imports Thu, 12 May 2022 15:46:37 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-leader-seeks-trade-relief-on-chinese-rail-component-imports Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

A United Steelworkers (USW) union leader from Granite City, Ill., testified today before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), urging the panel to impose duties that would provide U.S. manufacturers with relief from unfairly traded Chinese imports of freight rail coupler systems and components, a practice that threatens good jobs at his factory.

“In a couple of years we went from almost a thousand members to barely 300,” USW Local 1063 President Antonio Wellmaker told the commissioners. “Unfair competition from Chinese imports have meant that we lost 725 jobs and for those of us that have held on, we do so making less money.”

Thursday’s hearing was part of the final phase of an ITC investigation launched last fall following a petition filed by the Coalition of Freight Coupler Producers. The petition alleges that Chinese-subsidized manufacturers are importing freight rail coupler systems and components and dumping them, or selling them in the United States at less than fair value.

Wellmaker, who works for Amsted Rail in Granite City, said that antidumping and countervailing duties would help to stem the tide of illegal imports and give him and his co-workers at Amsted a more level playing field on which to compete.

“Because our compensation is tied to production quantities, we’re making less money,” Wellmaker testified. “We did not see significant job loss at the plant facility until around three years ago when I understood that Chinese imports started flooding into the United States.”

Wellmaker said the possibility of duties on imports as a result of the trade case has led Amsted to hire new workers in anticipation of an increase in business.

“We support this investigation because we know what trade relief for our hard-working members and their families could mean,” he said. “I am confident that we will be able to continue adding workers, increase production and add shifts and workdays if dumped and subsidized freight rail imports are dealt with.”

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 Condemns Arrest of Korean Labor Leader https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-condemns-arrest-of-korean-labor-leader Wed, 11 May 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-condemns-arrest-of-korean-labor-leader Contact: Ben Davis, 412-562-2501, bdavis@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – The United Steelworkers union (USW) today strongly condemned the May 4 arrest of Youn Taeg-gun, first vice president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), who was detained for his leading role in organizing a general strike on October 20, 2021.

Youn’s arrest is particularly outrageous given that International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions 87, protecting freedom of association and the right to organize, and 98, protecting the right to organize and collective bargaining, entered into force in the Republic of Korea on April 20.

Youn led the strike in part because at the time, KCTU president Yang Kyeung-soo was in detention on similar spurious charges. Like President Yang before him, Youn has been charged with violation of the Infectious Disease Control Act on Demonstration and Assembly, despite the KCTU’s proper observance of COVID-19 protocols.

The strike took place shortly after representatives of the USW, UAW and AFL-CIO visited the Korean embassy in Washington D.C., to demand Yang’s freedom. The USW also raised the arrest of President Yang and the interrogation of Vice President Youn during the meeting of the U.S.- Korea Free Trade Agreement Labor Council on April 26.

Vice President Youn’s arrest, in the context of current discussions on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and President Biden’s upcoming visit to South Korea, can only be seen as an expression of the Korean government’s intention to disregard fundamental labor rights and international conventions.

The USW calls on the Korean government to openly adhere to these ILO conventions by releasing Youn and ending police harassment of trade unionists for engaging in legitimate union activity.

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 Applauds Biden Administration’s Stakeholder Engagement on Responsible Mining https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-biden-administrations-stakeholder-engagement-on-responsible-mining Tue, 10 May 2022 16:17:27 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-biden-administrations-stakeholder-engagement-on-responsible-mining Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org 

The United Steelworkers (USW) union issued the following statement today after participating in the White House’s working group to advance responsible mining: 

The USW welcomes the Biden administration’s leadership as we look to facilitate responsible mining and meet our growing need for critical minerals.

The legal framework for hardrock mining in the United States is now 150 years old. It’s essential that we streamline our permitting process to balance robust assessment of mining plans with the need to more swiftly approve projects so we can domestically mine materials in time to meet our climate, infrastructure and national security goals.

As today’s meeting demonstrated, achieving this objective will require all stakeholders working together so we can ensure workers and their communities reap the full benefits of these investments. 

USW members across North America already engage in responsible mining and welcome the opportunity to continue providing our nation with the raw materials it will need well into the future.

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 Marks AAPI Heritage Month, Calls for Global Solidarity, Respect for Workers’ Fundamental Rights https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-aapi-heritage-month-calls-for-global-solidarity-respect-for-workers-fundamental-rights Mon, 02 May 2022 14:34:14 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-aapi-heritage-month-calls-for-global-solidarity-respect-for-workers-fundamental-rights Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, 412-212-8173

The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month:

The USW proudly celebrates the many contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander workers throughout our nation’s history and stands in global solidarity with workers in Asia and across the world.

As we seek to make our trade system fair and balanced, we recognize that we have an obligation to protect workers’ fundamental labor rights, in North America and in all our partner nations. This includes ending forced labor, ensuring workers can form independent unions and stopping retaliation against workers speaking out against unsafe work.

“Greedy multinational corporations are perfectly happy to pit workers against each other in a race to the bottom on wages and working conditions,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “We must resist their attempts to divide us.

“Instead, we must confront racism in our workplaces and communities and redouble our efforts to eliminate race-based violence. We must also strive to ensure all workers are able to access their basic human rights so that workers the world over can collectively negotiate fair contracts that allow them to provide for their families and return from work safely.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers 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 Applauds the Biden Administration’s Interim Build America, Buy America Guidance https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-the-biden-administrations-interim-build-america-buy-america-guidance Mon, 18 Apr 2022 16:30:15 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-the-biden-administrations-interim-build-america-buy-america-guidance Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in response to the Biden administration’s release of interim guidance for using American-made materials and products in projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA): 

“President Joe Biden’s interim Build America, Buy America guidance will ensure that publicly funded infrastructure projects help to rebuild the nation’s manufacturing base, strengthen supply chains and support good-paying jobs for U.S. workers.

“The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the feeble state of American manufacturing, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drove home once again the danger of relying on foreign-sourced products. A reinvigorated industrial base will help to safeguard America’s economy and security.

“America’s workers stand ready not only to build new transportation systems, communicationsnetworks and other infrastructure through the IIJA, but to supply the raw materials, parts and components needed for all of those projects.

“These workers lead the world in responsible production practices, and they’ll deliver unparalleled quality, ensuring new roads, bridges and other improvements stand the test of time.

“The USW looks forward to working with President Biden and his administration to finalize the Build America, Buy America guidance and unlock the full power of the IIJA.”

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: Workers Should Celebrate Jackson’s Historic Confirmation https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-workers-should-celebrate-jacksons-historic-confirmation Thu, 07 Apr 2022 13:29:25 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-workers-should-celebrate-jacksons-historic-confirmation Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement today from USW International President Tom Conway following the Senate’s vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
“Today is a day for USW members and working people across the country to celebrate history, with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s bipartisan confirmation to the nation’s highest court.
 
“In addition to breaking new ground as the first Black woman on the court, Judge Jackson has demonstrated throughout her career that she carries a deep commitment to protecting the rights of workers, upholding our nation’s core democratic principles, and ensuring equal opportunity for all Americans. 
 
“As we see increasing attacks on workers’ rights, voting rights and other fundamental civil rights across the United States, we now know that we have an ally in Judge Jackson who will safeguard our freedoms and uphold the sacred ideals on which our nation was founded.
 
“As Judge Jackson demonstrated during her Senate confirmation process, she is the right person at the right time to serve on the Supreme Court. We are confident that she will serve our nation with honor and integrity.” 
 
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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Union Workers Ratify Five-Year Contract with Kennecott Utah Copper https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/union-workers-ratify-five-year-contract-with-kennecott-utah-copper Mon, 04 Apr 2022 07:38:40 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/union-workers-ratify-five-year-contract-with-kennecott-utah-copper Contact: Tony Montana, 412-562-2592, tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) said that workers have ratified a new, fiveyear labor agreement with Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation, covering more than 1,300 hourly workers at the Rio Tinto subsidiary’s mine in Salt Lake County.

The new contract includes gains for workers that include lump sum payments, wage increases in each year as well as other contract improvements, and it maintains and improves health and life insurance benefits.

USW District 12 Director Gaylan Prescott, who co-chaired the negotiations, said that workers stood together to demand the fair contract they have earned.

“Members of four different unions showed tremendous solidarity throughout the bargaining process,” Prescott said. “Together, we sent management the unmistakable message that union workers would settle for nothing less than the opportunity to continue improving the standard of living for ourselves and our families.”

While the USW represents about 900 of the hourly workers at Kennecott, others employees covered by the contract include members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Workers at Kennecott rejected a previous contract offer from the company on March 18, 2022.

Many terms of the newly ratified agreement will take effect immediately, and it is scheduled to expire on April 1, 2027.

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

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USW Welcomes Biden’s Plan to Achieve Energy Independence https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-welcomes-bidens-plan-to-achieve-energy-independence Thu, 31 Mar 2022 14:31:18 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-welcomes-bidens-plan-to-achieve-energy-independence Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in response to President Joe Biden’s plans to secure critical supply chains and increase domestic energy production: 

“The USW welcomes President Biden’s leadership as we look to break our dangerous dependence on nations like China and Russia for our immediate and long-term energy needs.

“Increasing domestic oil production and releasing oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserves will alleviate the pressure too many American families are feeling as greedy companies seek to profit from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the disruptions to global energy markets it caused.

“As we look to the future, we will also need to safeguard access to the resources required for other energy technologies such as large capacity batteries.

“USW members across North America are already responsibly mining many of these materials. They stand ready and willing to further to mine, produce and recycle lithium, cobalt, manganese, nickel, graphite and other critical minerals as we build out and secure our own domestic supply chains.

“President Biden’s plans to allocate more resources to these industries will allow us to both keep our communities safe now and help our nation meet its energy needs well into the future.

“We look forward to working with the Biden administration as we secure our domestic supply chains and move toward energy independence.”

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 Supports Section 232 Deal with UK https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-supports-section-232-deal-with-uk Tue, 22 Mar 2022 16:31:25 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-supports-section-232-deal-with-uk Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in response to the announcement that the United States and the United Kingdom reached an arrangement on Section 232 relief measures:

“The USW supports the 232 arrangement between the United States and the United Kingdom announced today as an important step in addressing systemic problems like illegal dumping and global overcapacity that threaten the vitality and future of our steel and aluminum industries. 

“Our union backed the 232 relief measures from day one. They helped spur investment, production and job creation in the steel and aluminum sectors.

“The 232 arrangement with the United Kingdom leaves the overall structure of the 232 relief measures in place while imposing tariff rate quotas. It will allow us to work together with an important trading partner and end retaliatory tariffs, while continuing to recognize the national security importance of the steel and aluminum sectors.

“The arrangement also takes important steps to limit third parties seeking to take advantage of our markets by shipping their products through the United Kingdom with minimal transformation. This includes strict ‘melted and poured’ requirements for steel and a ‘smelted and cast’ requirement for aluminum that precludes inputs from Russia, Belarus and China from being utilized and then allowed in under the tariff rate quota.

“Just as significantly, the U.S.-U.K. arrangement will require annual audits to ensure the Chinese-owned company British Steel is not receiving preferential financing from the People’s Republic of China and will help stem the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to use companies around the globe as its agents.

“The administration is making important progress as we work to limit unfair trade and create demand for the products our members make every day. From robust infrastructure investments to negotiating thoughtful arrangements with the EU, Japan and now the United Kingdom, President Joe Biden is helping create good jobs and foster strong domestic industries.”

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

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USW Local 5 Votes Down Chevron’s ‘Last, Best and Final’ Proposal, Prepares for Unfair Labor Practice Strike https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-5-votes-down-chevrons-last-best-and-final-proposal-prepares-for-unfair-labor-practice-strike Sun, 20 Mar 2022 18:32:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-5-votes-down-chevrons-last-best-and-final-proposal-prepares-for-unfair-labor-practice-strike Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5 voted down Chevron’s most recent proposal on a contract covering more than 500 workers at its Richmond, Calif., refinery.

The USW encouraged Chevron to return to the bargaining table, but it refused, forcing workers to give notice of their intent to begin an unfair labor practice strike on March 21 at 12:01 a.m.

The previous contract between Chevron and USW Local 5 expired Feb. 1, and members have since been working on a rolling 24-hour extension.

“It’s disappointing that Chevron would walk away from the table instead of bargaining in good faith with its dedicated work force,” said Mike Smith, chair of the USW’s National Oil Bargaining Program. “USW members continued to report for work throughout the pandemic so our nation could meet its energy needs. They deserve a fair contract that reflects their sacrifice.”

The USW reached a pattern agreement with the oil industry on wages and working conditions on Feb. 25, but each of the approximately 200 participating units also bargain over local issues before ratifying their individual contracts.

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 Members Push Pro-Worker Legislation as Beshear Names March 9 ‘Union Workers Supply Kentucky Day’ https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-members-push-pro-worker-legislation-as-beshear-names-march-9-union-workers-supply-kentucky-day Wed, 09 Mar 2022 14:52:34 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-members-push-pro-worker-legislation-as-beshear-names-march-9-union-workers-supply-kentucky-day Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

Nearly 100 members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) today met with their state legislators in Frankfort to advocate for bills that would help working families, including swift, comprehensive investments in upgrading Kentucky’s infrastructure that draw on locally made goods and services.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear also met with the group and issued a proclamation declaring the day “Union Workers Supply Kentucky Day.”

The proclamation noted Kentucky’s C-minus infrastructure grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as USW members’ capacity to produce the aluminum, asphalt, chemicals, packaging and other materials that will be needed to make the improvements.

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky is committed to robust infrastructure investment to enhance job stability, create economic growth, and improve the safety of its communities,” according to the proclamation.

Union members also pushed bills that would protect unemployment benefits, limit workplace discrimination and help ensure fair pay.

“USW members are proud to supply Kentucky,” said USW District 8 Director Larry Ray. “We will continue to push our elected leaders to prioritize workers and their families at every turn. We’re grateful to have a partner in Gov. Beshear who understands the value of union labor and look forward to working with him to make our communities safer and our jobs more secure.”

USW District 8 represents tens of thousands of workers in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. 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 marks International Women’s Day with call to #BreaktheBias https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-international-womens-day-with-call-to-breakthebias Tue, 08 Mar 2022 09:25:32 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-international-womens-day-with-call-to-breakthebias Contact: Chelsey Engel, (412) 212-8173, cengel@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway, Vice President Leeann Foster, and Vice President at Large Roxanne Brown released the following statement in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month:

“Women have always resided at the core of the labor movement, blazing their own trails and creating their own way. In our own union, sisters continue to break barriers in their work in foundries and mills, in schools and shipyards, and across many other industries, all while caring for their families and their communities.

“Our strength as a union comes from this diversity and from our commitment to building solidarity beyond artificial boundaries. We know there is simply no room and no time in the fight for workers’ rights for bias or discrimination.

“On this International Women’s Day, and during this Women’s History Month, the USW honors the contributions of the often-forgotten activists who help form the backbone of labor. We also join our union siblings from around the world in the international campaign to fight stereotypes in our workplaces and help #BreaktheBias.

“Together we can create a world where gender inequality is history.” 

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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USW Local 8888 Ratifies 60-Month Contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-8888-ratifies-60-month-contract-with-huntington-ingalls-industries Tue, 08 Mar 2022 08:31:36 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-local-8888-ratifies-60-month-contract-with-huntington-ingalls-industries Contact: Dwight Kirk; (202) 257-3966; dflat@mindspring.com

Members of United Steelworkers Local 8888 today decisively ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with Huntington Ingalls Industries covering nearly 10,000 shipbuilders at Newport News Shipbuilding.

The union's Tellers Committee announced the results of the mail ballot count early this morning:

  • YES -- 3,678
  • NO -- 533 

Local 8888 President Charles Spivey, a strong champion of the new contract, praised the overwhelming "Yes" vote. "Our members have spoken -- decisively. They have ratified a contract that broke new ground and enhanced gains from previous negotiations. Now it's time to move this union forward, understanding that a good contract is no better than the members who know what it says and what it means."

The new 5-year (or 60-month) contract will be effective February 7, 2022 and will expire on February 7, 2027. The agreement contains over $22,000 in new money based on a 40-hour week. It also features a first-time $2,000 Essential Pay bonus; a new Domestic Partner benefit; an additional 8 hours of annual leave, and a monthly boost to the pension payment to future retirees.

Members rejected the initial tentative agreement last November. The mail-in ballot used in the second vote more than doubled the number of members who voted in person in November. USW Chief Negotiator Fred Redmond called the mail ballot "a gamechanger." Redmond, who is also USW International Vice President for Human Affairs, said, "It engaged thousands more members and allowed their voices to be heard and their votes to be counted. This is a proud union with a new generation emerging in the shipyard. This contract gives them solid footing to flourish."

President Spivey, who has been a Steelworker for more than 40 years and survived two strikes, added, "Essential Shipbuilders are now permanently recognized in writing and we are not going back."

USW Local 8888 represents more than 10,000 workers at the Newport News shipyard.

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USW Calls on Oil Companies to End Russian Crude Imports https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-calls-on-oil-companies-to-end-russian-crude-imports Mon, 07 Mar 2022 10:41:49 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-calls-on-oil-companies-to-end-russian-crude-imports Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today on behalf of the USW:

“The USW, the largest labor union operating U.S.-based oil refineries, terminals and pipelines, calls on both our government and employers to cut off all Russian imports of crude oil that would be processed in our domestic refineries.

“We must act now to begin replacing Russian oil in our systems and plan for long-term alternatives for our refineries, including increasing efforts to secure domestic crude oil and importing oil from other global sources.

“Our union will begin to oppose with every lever available to us the processing of this Russian-sourced oil, and we call upon our unionized colleagues in other oil-processing nations to also help cut off the income stream Vladimir Putin generates through exporting Russian crude.

“Our union recently concluded labor contract negotiations through our National Oil Bargaining Program (NOBP) with the domestic oil industry covering the vast majority of U.S.-based oil refining. We watched, over the past year, the growing profits of our employers, and we monitor daily the current prices of oil markets. We negotiated a responsible contract that does not add to price gouging or inflationary pressures.

“We now urge our employers to avoid the impulse to use this crisis to increase gasoline and diesel prices at the pump, adding to current price spikes.

“We acknowledge that some of our employers have already announced that they will cease purchases of Russian crude going forward, but also note that those companies who are the largest purchasers of Russian oil have yet to take such steps.

“Our union does not seek a confrontation with those employers, but we call on them to act immediately to avoid provoking unnecessary disputes over the issue of processing Russian-sourced oil.

“The USW stands in unity and solidarity with the people of Ukraine and our colleagues in the Ukrainian labor movement. It is incumbent upon our government and employers to do the same and do everything in their power to assist the Ukrainian people in their hour of need.”

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: Biden’s Agenda Puts Workers, Families First https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-bidens-agenda-puts-workers-families-first Tue, 01 Mar 2022 21:22:07 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-bidens-agenda-puts-workers-families-first Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, President Joe Biden articulated a vision for the United States that puts working families at the forefront of our nation’s economic future. 

“After two years of a global pandemic and economic crisis in which we have seen the rich get richer and too many workers continue to fall behind, the USW supports President Biden’s agenda and looks forward to working with him and others in Washington to put pro-worker, pro-family policies into action.

“The president’s first year in office has already resulted in major victories, including the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the creation of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. These initiatives will help ensure good-paying union jobs for millions of American workers in the years to come.

“While the recent events in Ukraine clearly highlight our need to focus on foreign as well as domestic priorities, we must remember that to be strong around the world, we must first be strong at home. That means bolstering domestic supply chains for vital goods, providing education and job training to ensure that manufacturers have the skilled workers they need, building up our health care system, passing labor protections like the PRO Act and extending benefits like paid family and medical leave to all workers.

“The president today laid out an ambitious agenda that will make our nation more secure, provide good-paying jobs to millions of workers, support struggling families, keep rising prices under control and ensure that communities will continue to thrive for generations to come. We are eager to do everything we can to help him achieve these goals.”

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 Stands with Ukraine https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-stands-with-ukraine Mon, 28 Feb 2022 17:15:35 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-stands-with-ukraine Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org 

The United Steelworkers (USW) International Executive Board issued the following statement today in response to Russia’s continuing attack on Ukraine:

“The USW stands in international solidarity with the Ukrainian people as they withstand deadly and unprovoked violence by Russian forces. Their bravery serves as an inspiration to everyone who fights on the side of democracy and freedom.

“As we seek to end this baseless war, we join with the global trade union movement in condemning the violence against Ukrainian citizens, including our Ukrainian union siblings.

“We call on international leaders to remain steadfast in their commitment to stemming the aggression and holding Vladimir Putin accountable for the death and destruction he caused.”

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 Reaches Tentative Agreement with Marathon to Set Four-Year Pattern for Oil Sector Bargaining https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-marathon-to-set-four-year-pattern-for-oil-sector-bargaining Fri, 25 Feb 2022 15:35:14 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-marathon-to-set-four-year-pattern-for-oil-sector-bargaining Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract with Marathon that outlines a pattern for improving wages, benefits and working conditions throughout the industry during the course of its term.

The agreement will impact over 30,000 oil refinery, petrochemical plant, pipeline and terminal employees in more than 200 USW represented bargaining units.

“The industry came to the table with demands that would have undermined generations of collective bargaining progress,” said USW International President Thomas M. Conway. “Thanks to the solidarity of the membership and the hard work of our committee, we have achieved a fair agreement.”

The USW will review the details of the proposed pattern agreement with members before discussing them publicly.

“Our Policy Committee was determined to bring back a fair agreement that reflects our essential role in the industry, especially considering its recent, historic boom in profits,” said USW National Oil Bargaining Program Chairman Mike Smith. “The proposed agreement provides both economic and non-economic improvements for USW Oilworkers that we are proud to recommend to members for ratification.”

With the industry pattern settled, local unions will bargain individual contracts at each worksite that incorporate its terms.

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

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USW Applauds Biden’s Choice for Supreme Court https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-bidens-choice-for-supreme-court Fri, 25 Feb 2022 13:44:20 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-applauds-bidens-choice-for-supreme-court Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in support of President Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The USW is proud to support the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Throughout her legal career, as an attorney in private practice, as a federal public defender, and now as a federal jurist, Judge Jackson repeatedly demonstrated her deep commitment to the rule of law and to protecting our citizens’ most sacred Constitutional rights.

“As union members, we know all too well the profound impact that Supreme Court decisions can have on the everyday lives of American workers and families. We look forward to having an even-handed justice in Judge Jackson who is committed to upholding the American ideals of democracy, liberty, and equal opportunity for all.

“Judge Jackson has proven time and again that she has the credentials and the character to serve on our nation’s highest court. She has, for good reason, received bipartisan support for her two previous nominations. Senate leaders should move forward as soon as possible to make sure that her nomination to the Supreme Court receives the fair hearing and the swift confirmation that it deserves.”

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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