United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed 2023-01-11 15:58:53 -0600 AMPS en hourly 1 USW: USMCA Panel Decision Bad for Workers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2023/usw-usmca-panel-decision-bad-for-workers Wed, 11 Jan 2023 15:58:53 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2023/usw-usmca-panel-decision-bad-for-workers Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org  

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in response to a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) arbitral panel decision on automotive rules of origin. The interpretation would allow for significantly more content to come from China and other countries while remaining labeled “made in North America:” 

“Today’s USMCA panel decision not only hurts workers across North America but undercuts the agreement itself, representing a significant victory for Chinese and other foreign producers.

“Rules governing the origin of automotive components are important to ensuring that products that qualify for duty free status are truly supporting local jobs rather than fueling a race to the bottom on wages and working conditions.

“Instead, the dispute panel backed the hand waving and fuzzy math that allows corporations to cut corners and dilute the amount of North American content needed to qualify for the preferential tariff consideration.

“The Biden administration worked diligently to defend higher standards and protect workers, including hundreds of thousands of USW members.

“However, in recent weeks we saw WTO decisions that attempt to impose how the U.S. defines its national security interests, and now a USMCA panel misinterpreting what ‘Made in North America’ means. 

“As long as dispute panels continue their overreach, enabling language to be manipulated to undermine workers, our trade agreements and negotiations will fail to live up to their promise.

“We commend the administration’s ongoing commitment to fair trade that benefits workers and consumers. But decisions like these make it harder to trust new tariff reduction agreements, knowing that every word and phrase will need to be stress-tested to ensure that companies and competitors can’t interpret them in a way that kills jobs and opportunity.”

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: Players Ratify First Contract with USFL https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2023/usw-players-ratify-first-contract-with-usfl Mon, 09 Jan 2023 20:44:52 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2023/usw-players-ratify-first-contract-with-usfl Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org
 
PITTSBURGH — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that union-represented players have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new agreement with the United States Football League (USFL) covering roughly 350 professional athletes.
 
USW International President Thomas M. Conway said that football players, like all workers, deserve fair treatment on the job and that the new agreement empowers individuals to speak up.
 
“Our union is committed to working with players to improve conditions and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect by the league,” Conway said. “The contract provides a much-needed voice for players, whose jobs and earnings also will be more secure under the ratified agreement.”
 
USW International Secretary Treasurer John Shinn, who represents the union on the AFL-CIO Sports Council, said the new contract provides important improvements for players from last season.
 
“Through standing together in unity, players successfully bargained for enhanced economic and medical provisions, including a newly negotiated five-week injured reserve,” Shinn said. “Throughout the league, from training camp and through the season, players will receive better pay and have more security.”
 
Ryan Cave, an executive with the United Football Players Association, said that collectively bargaining for better treatment and working conditions is an important step toward raising standards of living in the future.
 
“From experience, we know that working together is the key to getting results,” Cave said. “Players throughout the USFL stood together, and we achieved a strong first contract as a direct result from that solidarity.” 
 
The USW and the USFL announced tentative agreement on a first contract for players on December 15, 2022, about five months after their representation election in June, which was overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.
 
The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in tech, public sector and service occupations.
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Refugee support workers at Hello Neighbor request union recognition https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2023/refugee-support-workers-at-hello-neighbor-request-union-recognition Thu, 05 Jan 2023 13:13:20 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2023/refugee-support-workers-at-hello-neighbor-request-union-recognition Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, (412) 212-8173 

Workers at Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Hello Neighbor presented their CEO with a request for voluntary union recognition on Tues., Jan. 3.

Hello Neighbor provides social services for refugees and immigrants in and around the city. The bargaining unit consists of 21 workers in development and marketing, education and community outreach, and direct services providing support for refugees and immigrants and their families.

"We believe that our work directly and positively impacts the lives of immigrant and refugee families in and around Pittsburgh,” said Rachael English, a refugee resettlement case manager. “We are unionizing to ensure that we are better able to serve our families with empathy and compassion."

The workers are organizing with the United Steelworkers (USW) in the hopes of winning fair compensation, a more transparent advancement and promotion structure, and more equitable health and safety policies for everyone.

If the unit’s request for voluntary recognition is denied, they will file for an official election through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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

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Steelworkers Ratify Four-Year Contract with U.S. Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-four-year-contract-with-u-s-steel Tue, 20 Dec 2022 13:28:16 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-four-year-contract-with-u-s-steel The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that members have overwhelmingly ratified a new, four-year contract on behalf of roughly 11,000 members of 13 local unions at U.S. Steel facilities.  

USW International President Thomas M. Conway credited the solidarity of the membership and the tenacity of the negotiating committee for demanding respect from U.S. Steel and bargaining a fair agreement.

“We fought back against the company’s schemes to weaken our contract and change our benefits,” Conway said. “As a result, our members have won major economic and contract language improvements that will improve the standard of living of USW members and their families.”

USW District 7 Director Michael Millsap, who chaired the negotiations, said the new contract features a lump sum bonus, improves wages by more than 20 percent over its term, increases pensions, includes an additional holiday and makes improvements to both active and retiree healthcare.

“With the new contract ratified, union members will be safer at work and our jobs and benefits more secure than they have been in the past,” Millsap said. “Our continued solidarity will ensure that we keep the tradition of steelmaking alive in our communities for another generation of Steelworkers.”

“Our nation’s defense and ongoing critical infrastructure projects need a robust domestic steel industry with highly skilled and experienced workers prepared to respond to changes in the market,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who also served as negotiating committee secretary.

“We Steelworkers look forward to the future and the challenges ahead with confidence that we will achieve our goals together,” Flippo said.

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

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USW Ratifies Contract with Allegheny County https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-ratifies-contract-with-allegheny-county Fri, 16 Dec 2022 19:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-ratifies-contract-with-allegheny-county Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

(Pittsburgh) – More than 200 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) overwhelmingly ratified a four-year contract with Allegheny County today that not only dramatically enhances their wages and working conditions but advances the cause of justice. 

The agreement, taking effect Jan. 1, 2023, includes a $20,000 increase in the entry-level salary for assistant district attorneys and assistant public defenders, the largest raise in the 26-year history of the bargaining unit.

The contract also improves salary and longevity pay for workers in the court records and medical examiner offices.

“These workers have dedicated their lives to the justice system, and they made clear at the outset of bargaining that they would only accept a contract that benefited the citizens they serve,” noted USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall. “The improvements they won will bring stability to the courts, ensuring the fair and efficient disposition of cases that Allegheny County residents expect and deserve.”

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, USFL Announce Tentative Agreement https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-usfl-announce-tentative-agreement Thu, 15 Dec 2022 14:10:22 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-usfl-announce-tentative-agreement Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

PITTSBURGH — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement with the United States Football League (USFL) on a new contract for roughly 350 players, setting a clear, viable path for season two and beyond.

“The proposed agreement represents clear progress for players, whose jobs and earnings will be more secure,” said USW International President Thomas M. Conway. “Our union looks forward to working with the USFL to ensure players continue to be treated with dignity and respect on the job.”

“Employment security and working conditions are areas where the proposed contract will make a difference, and improving them will give players more opportunities to thrive,” said Kenneth Farrow II, who serves as president of the United Football Players Association. “Throughout the organizing and bargaining process, players sought to have a strong voice in their own future, and the tentative agreement delivers.” 

“We know from experience that a good, union contract is the surest way to ensure our own financial stability,” Farrow said. “Negotiating for better treatment now is the most important step workers can take to raise our standard of living in the future.”

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

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Philadelphia Museum Workers Seek Election to Join USW https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/philadelphia-museum-workers-seek-election-to-join-usw Wed, 14 Dec 2022 17:32:36 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/philadelphia-museum-workers-seek-election-to-join-usw Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

(Philadelphia) – About 70 workers at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site today filed for a union election as they seek to join the United Steelworkers (USW) and gain a greater voice at one of the region’s most important cultural sites.

The workers—educators and visitors’ services and retail workers as well as facilities and administrative staff—requested a formal vote through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB will set a date for the election.

“We’re unionizing because we need to advocate for ourselves when it comes to compensation and safety, without fear of reprisal,” noted Annie Finnegan, a visitors’ services worker for three years. “A union provides that seat at the table.” 

Open-air tours of the sprawling complex subject workers and guests to extreme temperatures and safety risks that management has failed to address, Finnegan noted, adding that the “living ruin”—once a home to Willie Sutton and Al Capone—requires constant care that front-line workers understand better than anyone else.

“Our input will mean better experiences for all who walk through the doors,” said Hannah G. Boettger, a senior specialist in advancement services and analytics. “Our mission is to challenge guests to rethink American corrections. We want them to get the most out of their visits.”

Workers also cited the need for job security and a transparent promotion process and for protection against discrimination and unfair discipline. Right now, management pushes back when workers raise those issues. 

“That’s got to change. They pride themselves on pointing out that folks who are incarcerated, and folks who used to be incarcerated, need a voice. Frankly, I think that’s true of us as well,” said Gary McCormick, an Eastern State educator.

Hundreds of workers at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh also voted to join the USW in 2020. 

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: WTO’s Section 232 Decision Just Plain Wrong https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-wtos-section-232-decision-just-plain-wrong Fri, 09 Dec 2022 10:23:23 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-wtos-section-232-decision-just-plain-wrong 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 reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) believes that actions the United States took in 2018 under Section 232 of U.S. trade law violate its rules:

“Over many years, the WTO sought to restrain the use of U.S. trade law and impose obligations we never negotiated. Now, once again, the WTO overstepped its mandate and authorities.   

“The United States was right to ensure that we could meet our national security and critical infrastructure needs in steel and aluminum with domestic production. But instead, the WTO is trying to tell America how we can protect ourselves.   

“U.S. actions have been effective. Section 232 relief helped to promote production, investment and job creation, while keeping America safe.  

“The United States can’t trade away our national security. We must maintain these relief measures and refuse to bow to the misguided efforts of the WTO lawyers.”

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 Human Rights Violations in Auto Supply Chain https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-condemns-human-rights-violations-in-auto-supply-chain Tue, 06 Dec 2022 10:13:05 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-condemns-human-rights-violations-in-auto-supply-chain Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org 

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in response to a Sheffield Hallam University report detailing the Chinese government’s systematic abuse of Uyghurs and other minorities and the widespread impact this forced labor has on automotive supply chains:

“Today’s report documents not only the human rights violations workers in the Uyghur Region are suffering at the hands of the Chinese government, but the way in which this oppression permeates the supply chains of nearly every major car maker.  

“This horrifying abuse, including mass detention and forced labor, is an affront to basic human dignity and cannot be allowed to continue.

“U.S. companies must institute more thorough monitoring of their supply chains and terminate their relationships with companies using forced Uyghur labor.

“We further call on the Biden administration to ensure stricter enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act and prevail upon our trading partners to be similarly diligent in enacting and implementing bans on compromised products. 

“Finally, this report lends even greater urgency to the longstanding need to attend to our domestic supply chains. We must build out our own sources for needed materials so that we can strip the Chinese government of its stranglehold on the global economy and its own people.” 

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

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Steelworkers to Spotlight Need for a Fair Contract at Continental Cement https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-to-spotlight-need-for-a-fair-contract-at-continental-cement Mon, 05 Dec 2022 13:40:21 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-to-spotlight-need-for-a-fair-contract-at-continental-cement The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union’s “batlight” projector will shine Monday night and Tuesday morning to spotlight the need for a fair contract and that its members fully support the Union Bargaining Committee at Continental Cement.

Although the previous contract originally expired in May, Continental Cement union employees have continued working with and without a contract extension.

Negotiations have been slow for a new contract covering roughly 120 members of USW Local 11-205 in Hannibal, as the union bargaining committee fights off management’s unfair demands for workers to give up their voice over scheduling issues, overtime and cross training.

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 in public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews

WHO:  USW Local 11-205 members and leaders

WHAT:  “Fair Contract Now!” batlight message to support a fair contract for workers at Continental Cement

WHEN:  5 p.m. Monday, December 5, 2022 and Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Plant Entrance, 10107 HWY. 79, Hannibal, Missouri; Follow the batlight around town with us Monday evening.

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USW Reaches Tentative Agreement with Allegheny County https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-allegheny-county Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-allegheny-county Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org 

(PITTSBURGH) – The United Steelworkers (USW) today reached a tentative agreement with Allegheny County, raising wages and improving working conditions for more than 200 court-related professional workers.

The USW/Allegheny County Court-Related Professional Employees unit includes workers in the court records, district attorney, medical examiner and public defender offices.

“We thank the solidarity of the USW membership, as well as the county administration for their cooperation in the negotiations that led to today’s agreement and avoided the long, expensive arbitration process,” said USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall. “This deal is an important step toward bringing in and retaining the highly skilled professionals who are critical to ensuring justice in our community.”

The current contract was set to expire on December 31, 2022. A ratification vote is being scheduled, and once ratified, the new contract will run from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2026.

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 Veterans Day, Joins National Flag Foundation in ‘Light to Unite’ https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-veterans-day-joins-national-flag-foundation-in-light-to-unite Fri, 11 Nov 2022 08:35:30 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-marks-veterans-day-joins-national-flag-foundation-in-light-to-unite Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org  

(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day:

“As we mark Veterans Day, the USW is proud to honor the generations of veterans who served our nation and made the world safer through their dedication and sacrifice.

“Thousands of USW members served or are serving in the military. Today and every day, we’re grateful for their hard work and commitment.

“This year, our union is partnering with the National Flag Foundation to commemorate Veterans Day, lighting up our International Headquarters alongside organizations across the country in honor of our military heroes.  

“All veterans deserve our ongoing support, and as union members, we remain committed to ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed both in their workplaces and their communities.”

Note: The USW International Headquarters is located at 60 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Lighting will begin at 5:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Photo opportunities will be available.

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

 

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Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement on Four-Year Contract with U.S. Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-with-u-s-steel Tue, 08 Nov 2022 14:02:25 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-reach-tentative-agreement-on-four-year-contract-with-u-s-steel Contact: Tony Montana – (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

PITTSBURGH — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract on behalf of roughly 13,000 members of 13 local unions at U.S. Steel facilities featuring major economic and contract language improvements.  

USW District 7 Director Michael Millsap, who chaired the negotiations, said that the bargaining committee unanimously recommended the tentative agreement for ratification and thanked union members for standing together in solidarity for a fair contract.

“Simply put, these essential workers have earned and deserve a fair contract at U.S. Steel,” Millsap said. “The proposed agreement provides important economic and contract language improvements that will improve working conditions along with the standard of living for USW members and their families.”

USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who served as negotiating committee secretary, said the tentative agreement features a lump sum bonus, improves wages, increases pensions, includes an additional holiday and bolsters existing health insurance provisions for workers and retirees without premiums.

“Steelworkers will be safer at work and their jobs and benefits more secure under the tentative agreement,” Flippo said. “Our members have faced challenges in the past and know what it takes to lead the industry through its up and down cycles.”

Members of the negotiating committee are now traveling home and will provide more details in the coming days, including a timetable for ratification.

The USW (on the web at http://www.usw.org) 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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NLRB to Prosecute Braeburn Alloy Steel over Unfair Labor Practices https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/nlrb-to-prosecute-braeburn-alloy-steel-over-unfair-labor-practices Fri, 14 Oct 2022 15:12:28 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/nlrb-to-prosecute-braeburn-alloy-steel-over-unfair-labor-practices Contact: Tony Montana (412) 562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that Region 6 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against Braeburn Alloy Steel and its parent company, G.O. Carlson, for failing to recognize the union and refusing to bargain over working conditions for the company’s employees at the Lower Burrell facility.

USW Local 1324 represents about 30 workers at the Braeburn plant, which was acquired earlier this year by a subsidiary of G.O. Carlson through the bankruptcy process. When it took over operations, Braeburn hired all of the union-represented workers at the plant, but it refused to sit down with their chosen representative.

USW District 10 Director Bernie Hall urged the company to obey the law, respect its employees and negotiate in good faith with the union for a fair contract.

“The NLRB complaint makes clear that the company’s schemes have prevented us from having a collective bargaining relationship since the ownership change,” Hall said. “If we cannot convince Braeburn to engage in collective bargaining, management must be held accountable for breaking the law.”

In its complaint released today, the NLRB set a hearing for Sept. 18, 2023, when an administrative law judge will hear the case against Braeburn Alloy Steel.

“All work has dignity, and the employees who made Braeburn Alloy Steel an attractive investment deserve a fair contract with union-negotiated pay and benefits as they remain loyal to their jobs,” Hall said. “We hope an administrative law judge and the NLRB can help management connect the dots.”

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 in tech, higher education, public sector and service occupations.

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Steelworkers Ratify Historic Agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Steel https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-historic-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-steel Wed, 12 Oct 2022 13:29:40 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-ratify-historic-agreement-with-cleveland-cliffs-steel Contact: Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new, four-year contract covering roughly 12,000 members at thirteen Cleveland-Cliffs Steel locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Minnesota.

USW International Vice President (Administration) David McCall, who chaired the negotiations, said that union members won major wage and benefit improvements through hard work and solidarity.

“Throughout the pandemic and every other challenge that faces the industry, Steelworkers perform the work essential to keep our plants running safely and productively,” McCall said. “Thanks to the solidarity of USW members, activists and local union leaders, our work will be safer and pay more without sacrificing security of our jobs.”

The new contract raises base wages by 20 percent, improves insurance benefits for active and retired workers, increases pensions, improves vacation provisions, an additional holiday and includes new provisions of parental paid leave and for employees who are victims of domestic violence.

“Our negotiating committee is proud that we won a fair contract that improves the standard of living for thousands of USW members and their families now and in the future,” said International President Tom Conway. “Cliffs’ commitment to lead the steel industry and partner with the USW includes a plan to invest $4 billion in its USW facilities during the contract term that will improve production, create sustainable jobs for future generations of Steelworkers and ensure success for the company.”

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

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Steelworkers Sing to Support Adjunct Professors at Point Park University https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-sing-to-support-adjunct-professors-at-point-park-university Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:54:08 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/steelworkers-sing-to-support-adjunct-professors-at-point-park-university Contact: Tony Montana at (412) 562-2592; tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that a delegation of activists from its Leadership-Scholarship program will bring attention to ongoing, contentious negotiations between the administration of Point Park University and USW Local 1088, which represents the school’s part-time faculty.

Program participants from a wide range of USW-represented workplaces throughout North America will sing songs with lyrics they composed about the value of the adjunct faculty’s work for PPU at Village Park at the corner of Wood St. and the Boulevard of the Allies. The activists will distribute stickers and leaflets directing supporters to a petition calling on the administration to negotiate in good faith.

Point Park University has increased its tuition 48 percent over the past ten years, while instructional costs have actually declined with inflation. Part-time professors teach about half of the classes, yet make up 70 percent of the faculty and sometimes work up to four different jobs in order to make a living wage.

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 in public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews

WHO:  USW activists, staff, members and leaders; Point Park University faculty

WHAT:  Marching and singing to support a fair contract for USW Local 1088

WHEN:  11:30 a.m. - Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

WHERE:  Village Park – corner of Wood St. and the Boulevard of the Allies.

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WestRock Illegally Locks Out Union Workers https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/westrock-illegally-locks-out-union-workers Thu, 06 Oct 2022 08:33:40 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/westrock-illegally-locks-out-union-workers Contact: Dave Trostle at dtrostle@usw.org or 205-631-0137; Tony Montana at tmontana@usw.org or 412-562-2592

The United Steelworkers (USW) said that approximately 480 members of its local unions 971, 1471 and 1972 were locked out of their jobs by management at WestRock’s Mahrt Mill on Thursday after management’s persistent refusal during months of negotiations to bargain in good faith for a fair contract.

WestRock management turned away workers from their jobs when they reported for their scheduled shifts on Thursday, initiating the labor dispute against its own employees.

“In its drive to force workers into overtime without fair compensation for time spent away from their families, WestRock has shown that it is willing to break federal labor laws,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo. “The essential, experienced union workforce that kept the mill running through the pandemic cannot be treated as expendable, and the USW will follow up with the National Labor Relations Board.”

Flippo called on the company to stop trying to bully union workers into accepting the company’s unfair demands and negotiate in good faith for a fair contract.

“WestRock must be made accountable for its decision to hold hostage our jobs, families and community over issues that should be resolved through collective bargaining,” Flippo said. “Management needs to end this lockout immediately, return these workers to their jobs and commit to resolving our differences at the table to ensure our members have a proper work-life balance. All workers deserve this.”

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 public sector and service occupations.

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USW: NLRB Issues Broad Complaint against ExxonMobil for Beaumont Lockout https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-nlrb-issues-broad-complaint-against-exxonmobil-for-beaumont-lockout Tue, 04 Oct 2022 14:29:26 -0500 https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2022/usw-nlrb-issues-broad-complaint-against-exxonmobil-for-beaumont-lockout Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444, jkamm@usw.org  

The United Steelworkers union (USW) applauded the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s Oct. 3 decision to issue a complaint against ExxonMobil for unfair labor practices. This includes allegations that its 10-month lockout of workers at its Beaumont, Texas refinery and blending and packaging plant was “unlawful.”

The NLRB is seeking backpay among other remedies.

“USW members understood all along that Exxon’s lockout was nothing but an illegal attempt to decertify the union and break our collective strength,” said USW District 13 Director Larry Burchfield.

Exxon locked out more than 650 members of USW Local 13-243 in May 2021 and did not allow them to return to work until March 2022. During this time, it aggressively and unlawfully assisted a decertification effort, the complaint alleges, telling workers they could return to their jobs if they voted against the union.

“We appreciate that the NLRB’s general counsel is moving forward with the process of holding ExxonMobil accountable for its actions,” Burchfield said. “The company tried to wear us down, but our members’ strength and solidarity won out.”

A hearing before an NLRB administrative law judge is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, 2023, in Houston.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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