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Rapid Response: We're Not Stopping

Rapid Response is the Steelworkers' nonpartisan grassroots education, communication, and action program that provides the necessary structure to inform every USW member about pending legislation concerning labor and work-related issues. Rapid Response provides opportunity for all USW members to have a strong voice and an active part in the legislative activities that affect their daily lives and allows USW members to fight back on a daily basis on issues that affect them, their families, and their communities.

2018 USW HSE Conference: The New View of Safety with Todd Conklin

The New View of safety provides a fresh look at unsafe workplace conditions and resulting injuries to workers. Todd Conklin, speaking at the 2018 USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference on March 29, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA, provides an overview of the New View of safety to the 1600 conference participants. The presentation is informative and entertaining to help workers and employers provide better health and safety management at their workplace.

Manufacturing is vital to national defense

It’s been more than 200 days without any action on steel and aluminum imports that threaten our country's national security, despite promises from the president. Meanwhile, plants are idle, imports are rising and workers’ jobs are at risk. Every day without action is another day that hurts USW members, our communities and our nation. Please join us in urging the Trump administration to keep its promises by signing our petition at www.usw.org/232

Baby and Dad battle brain cancer, now the Senate

Maggie and Ryan Link should have been enjoying their newlywed years as young, new parents. Instead, this hard-working family faced the battle of their lives: brain cancer for both Ryan and their baby son, Nathan. Now, the family is once again in the fight of their lives, this time against Congress as legislators threaten their health care. Call your Senators at 877-607-0785. Make sure to tell them who you are, where you’re from and to oppose the health care bill.

Stop the Killing!

Stop the Killing. Enforce the Law! It has been more than two decades since the Westray mine disaster in Nova Scotia and a decade since amendments were made to the Criminal Code of Canada to hold corporations, their directors and executives criminally accountable for the health and safety of workers. Even though more than 1,000 workers each year are killed at work, police and prosecutors are not utilizing the Westray amendments, and not investigating workplace fatalities through the lens of criminal accountability.

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Looking For Trouble: The USW's Model Comprehensive Health & Safety Program

"If we don't look for trouble, trouble is going to come looking for us." The United Steelworkers Health and Safety Department is working towards a joint union and management comprehensive workplace Health and Safety program. This program will focus on addressing hazardous conditions without blaming workers to slow and eventually stop the frequency of fatalities to our members.

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ALEC is NOT OK

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate-driven organization that works behind closed doors to develop laws that serve their funders' interests. The "model legislation" they produce is introduced by state-level lawmakers who assume the ideas as their own. The bills are predictably self-serving: limiting workers' rights, restricting our ability to vote, undercutting safety on the job and more. When ALEC held their spring task force meeting in Oklahoma City in early May, the Steelworkers were there to shed light on this distortion of democracy. Joining with other union members and progressive allies, nearly a thousand people marched and rallied saying "ALEC is NOT OK!"

Bailout Saves U.S. Manufacturing

When President Obama took the bold step of saving the U.S. auto industry, he didn't just save auto assembly jobs. He saved American manufacturing, including 350,000 USW jobs that are part of the auto supply chain. The auto rescue helped millions of Americans and Steelworkers from all over: the single mom making axles in Indiana. Mitt Romney says he would have let the auto industry fail -- let us fail. President Obama believed in us. Saving the American auto industry was courageous. It was politically unpopular. But it was the right thing to do.

Affordable Care Act: Hope Delivered for USW Families

When Travis Turner was 9 months old he was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and almost died. His father, Craig, is a member of USW Local 7248 in Ohio, and the family had good, union-negotiated health care through work. But just three months later, while fighting for his life in the intensive care unit, Travis was kicked off his father's plan because the cost of the baby's care had reached the $1 million cap set by the insurance company. Now, at age 7, Travis is a happy, healthy first-grader. And thanks to the Affordable Health Act championed by President Obama, he's back on his family's insurance. No more lifetime caps. No more pre-existing conditions. Just hope. This is what we're fighting for.