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USW Assails Giti Tire for Misusing Pandemic Funds, Betraying Community

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:02

Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

(Richburg, S.C.) – The United Steelworkers (USW) today denounced Giti Tire for misspending millions in COVID-19 stimulus funds and demanded that the corporation begin honoring its promises to the people of Chester County, South Carolina.

new report from watchdog groups revealed that Giti, part of a global tire conglomerate, improperly took nearly $10 million from a federal program intended to help small, independent businesses keep workers employed during the pandemic. After pocketing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds, Giti still threw an estimated 100 workers out of their jobs. 

“Giti’s abuse of pandemic aid is appalling, though not surprising,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who represents Steelworkers in South Carolina, six other southern states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“This company betrayed the public trust long before COVID-19,” he explained. “Giti accepted $60 million in tax breaks to build a plant and then broke its promise to create 1,700 jobs for the community. Giti never came close to that number, and when the pandemic hit, Giti permanently laid off many of the workers it did have despite taking the PPP funds.”

Ray Durmon, one of the workers cut by Giti during the pandemic, struggled for months to make ends meet before moving to Nebraska for a new job. 

“I had to sell off almost everything I had just so I could afford to move,” recalled Durmon, who worked at Giti for four years. “I sold my pool. I sold my storage building. I sold my tractor.”

Giti continues to reap tax breaks for broken commitments even as the people of Chester County struggle to finance capital improvements to their schools.

“It’s time for Giti to begin acting responsibly,” Flippo said. “That means not only creating the jobs it promised but paying family-sustaining wages and giving back to the community.”

To learn more about Giti’s broken promises, click here. The USW is one of the largest unions in South Carolina. Nationwide, the USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

USW Welcomes Biden Administration Decision to Review U.S. Supply Chains

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 11:40

Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today praised President Joe Biden’s anticipated executive order to institute 100-day reviews of four critical industrial supply chains, a step meant to avoid shortages of crucial goods.

“President Biden recognizes that American manufacturing is a critical part of our nation’s safety and security,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it’s that when we are forced to rely on other nations to supply our day-to-day needs, we put American lives on the line.”

Biden’s order will focus on pharmaceuticals, computer chips, large-capacity batteries, and rare minerals used in high-tech applications.

“These are essential pieces of our economy, but this is simply one step in what must be a sustained effort to restore our nation’s manufacturing capacity across all industries,” Conway said. “That effort must include large-scale investments in updating our infrastructure, along with a commitment to ensuring that these investments create long-term, good-paying jobs that can support families.

“While these four areas of focus are an important start, a similar effort will be necessary to strengthen our infrastructure supply chain when that work begins,” he said.

The shortages of household supplies, medical equipment and personal protective equipment that Americans saw during the first several months of the pandemic demonstrated the urgent need to revitalize U.S. manufacturing, Conway said.

“American workers are more than capable of meeting our nation’s needs if we make sure they have the tools they need to do so,” Conway said. “We have to learn from the lessons that 2020 taught us and do everything we can to make sure it never happens again.”

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.

USW Condemns Siemens Plans for Olean Dresser-Rand Facility

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 09:00

More information, contact: Tony Montana – 412-562-2592 or tmontana@usw.org

Olean, N.Y. – The United Steelworkers (USW) today condemned Siemens Energy's announced plan to stop production at the Dresser-Rand site in North Olean and lay off hundreds of workers, including more than 350 members of USW Local 4601.

USW District 4 Director Del Vitale called Siemens decision disrespectful to generations of workers who dedicated their careers to the company and to the community which has supported it.

“With almost 110 years of manufacturing history at stake, Siemens unilaterally determined our jobs and our community are expendable without consulting workers or notifying the union,” Vitale said. “We must urge management to reverse its catastrophic course.”

Vitale said that the USW would demand to negotiate over the company’s decision and if necessary, the effects of a closure.

“This plant supported our families and sustained this community for over 100 years, and Siemens owes the workers in Olean more consideration than it has given,” he said. “We will stand together to fight for respect and dignity for the men and women who built the company.”

USW International Secretary Treasurer John Shinn, who represents the union on the North American Siemens Labor Steering Committee, challenged the company for cutting employees' voices out of the decision making process.

“We're outraged that the USW was neither notified in advance nor offered an opportunity to meet with Siemens to discuss alternatives in Olean,” Shinn said. “We will stay united throughout this process, and our solidarity will be our best hope to preserve fairness and justice for workers and their families.”

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.

USW honors John Lewis this Black History Month

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 07:01

Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, 412-212-8173

The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement in honor of Black History Month:

“February is Black History Month, when we honor the often-neglected accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans. It is usually a time for celebration, but this year is bittersweet as we spend it without the trailblazing civil rights icon John Lewis.

“Lewis, who passed in July 2020, has been described as the greatest leader ever produced by the Civil Rights Movement. Not only was he a crusader for civil and human rights, he was also a friend to labor, and dedicated his life to getting into “Good Trouble” in the fight for justice and equality.

“This Black History Month, we honor our friend and brother, the late but never forgotten John Lewis. We are thankful for him and the legacy he left behind.

“May we commit to picking up his torch, and carrying it to light the path towards justice.”

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.

USW Condemns Trump’s Selling Out U.S. Industrial Workers, Applauds Biden’s Revocation of Trump’s Actions

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 06:27

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

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement in reaction to a last-minute Trump administration proclamation intended to grant the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the opportunity to ship state-supported aluminum products into the United States, effective Feb. 3, 2021. After reviewing Trump’s action, President Biden stepped in and revoked it.

“President Trump’s action as he was rushing for the White House door constituted a blatant attack on American workers.

“Section 232 restraints helped shore up sectors like aluminum that are vulnerable to unfair trade and clearly essential to our national defense. The USW supported the initiation of these efforts so that America’s aluminum companies and their workers could meet our nation’s national security and critical infrastructure needs.   

“Trump’s plan to lift tariffs on imports from the United Arab Emirates would undermine the effectiveness of the program and essentially exempt the vast majority of aluminum imports.

“If Trump’s actions were allowed to become effective, UAE’s state-supported aluminum producers would have had the right to flood the U.S. market, resulting in new trade attacks on our industry.

“In short, as he was walking away from the White House, Trump demonstrated that his concern for American workers was a façade and that he was willing to sacrifice their jobs and security.

“We applaud President Biden’s decision to revoke Trump’s sell-out of America’s aluminum workers. 

“President Biden said he would stand by America’s workers, and he’s kept his word. During the campaign he committed to reviewing the existing 232 programs as well as how best to strengthen America’s economy and manufacturers and stand up for America’s workers. Now he’s following through.  

“Our union looks forward to being a continuing partner with the new administration as together we fight for America’s workers.” 

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.

USW Calls on Pitt to Drop Anti-Union Attack on Faculty, Grads

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 13:59

Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union is calling on the University of Pittsburgh administration to end its anti-union campaign against the university’s graduate students and faculty in light of reports showing that Pitt has paid more than $2 million on union-busting attorneys in recent years.

The university paid Philadelphia “union avoidance” firm Ballard Spahr nearly $900,000 during the fiscal year that ended June 30 to help the university wage campaigns to stop Pitt graduate student workers and faculty members in their simultaneous efforts to join the USW. That amount brought the total Pitt has paid the firm to more than $2.1 million since 2016.

“It’s unconscionable that Pitt accepts millions in Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars while in turn spending millions of dollars to prevent its own employees from having a voice on the job,” said Melinda Ciccocioppo, a lecturer in the university’s Psychology Department. “It’s long past time for the university to end its union-busting efforts.”

The university graduate student workers fell just short in a vote to join the USW in April 2019, an outcome that came as a result of unfair labor practices by the university. A Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) hearing examiner ordered a new election, but the university contested that ruling.

Likewise, a PLRB hearing examiner ruled last summer that the university administration artificially inflated a list of its faculty employees in order to impede the faculty’s unionization campaign.

“Allowing the university’s work force to have a voice in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and the lives of students would be a win-win for everyone on campus,” said Kim Garrett, a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. “It’s shameful that the university is spending that $2 million-plus to silence students and faculty instead of using it to improve their lives.”

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.

USW, Kumho Workers Seek Industrial Authority’s Action on COVID-19

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 09:11

Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

Workers at Kumho Tire today called on the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority to intervene in a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the Georgia plant.

At least twelve workers contracted the virus and one died in the latest wave of infections affecting the facility, which Kumho continues to operate without basic safety precautions.

The United Steelworkers (USW)—the union representing about 320 workers at Kumho—asked the industrial authority to step in because it owns the property on which the plant is located.

“The residents of Macon-Bibb County gave Kumho tens of millions of dollars in incentives to operate this factory,” noted USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who represents Steelworkers in Georgia, six other southern states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Kumho has chosen to repay that generosity by putting the entire community, including children and senior citizens, at risk,” Flippo said. “We ask the authority to meet with workers as soon as possible to discuss this crisis and decide on a course of action.”

In a letter formally seeking the authority’s assistance, USW Staff Representative Alex Perkins said workers repeatedly raised safety concerns as more than 30 colleagues contracted the virus in recent months. But the company still refuses to meet with workers or implement the kinds of safety precautions now standard in most U.S. workplaces.

“Kumho management’s indifference is not surprising,” Perkins wrote, noting it’s already on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s radar for multiple tragic workplace incidents.

In its rental agreement, Kumho pledged to keep the plant in a safe condition. “We call on the authority to carefully review that section of the agreement and protect the community from needless danger,” Flippo said.

The workers at Kumho voted to join the USW in 2019. Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board dismissed the last of the company’s objections and certified the election results. They will now begin bargaining a contract.

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

USW Applauds ITC Decision Upholding Orders on Chinese PVLT Tires

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 11:33

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

The United Steelworkers (USW) union issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to maintain anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires imported from China: 

The USW today welcomed the final results of the ITC’s first sunset review of PVLT tires from China and hailed the decision as essential to protecting U.S. workers from the devastating effects of unfair trade.

“For too long, domestic tire makers have been forced to grapple Chinese efforts to undercut their products and undermine their jobs,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “It’s essential that we continue holding bad actors to account, even as we take strategic, long-term steps to fix our broken trade system.”

The USW successfully filed the original AD and CVD petitions on Chinese PVLT tires in 2015. The ITC’s vote today determined the domestic industry would be “materially injured” if duties were lifted.

“As our country seeks to regain its economic footing in the wake of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, it’s more important now than ever that American companies and workers can compete on a level playing field,” said Kevin Johnsen, who chairs the USW’s Rubber and Plastics Industry Conference. “These orders will help ensure they can focus on what they do best: making tires.”

The USW is the largest North American union in tire manufacturing, representing workers at the following U.S. PVLT tire plants: Cooper Tire’s plants in Findlay, Ohio and Texarkana, Ark.; Goodyear’s plants in Fayetteville, N.C., and Topeka, Kan.; Michelin’s plants in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Sumitomo’s plant in Tonawanda, N.Y.; and Yokohama’s plant in Salem, Va.

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.

USW Commends Executive Order Supporting Domestic Manufacturing

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 06:39

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

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement in response to the announcement that President Joe Biden would today sign an executive order tightening domestic content requirements and narrowing exceptions to existing domestic preference rules for federally funded projects:

“Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy and remains essential to our national defense.

“When we undertake federally funded projects, we must ensure that our tax dollars support American production and jobs rather than our foreign competitors, who all too often seek to undermine our industries by flooding our markets with unfairly traded products.

“Today’s order strengthening domestic content requirements, closing loopholes in how domestic content is measured and calling for stricter enforcement of existing legislation like the Jones Act is an important step toward revitalizing our manufacturing base, as well as protecting and creating thousands of good, family-sustaining jobs.

“Further, taking concrete steps to make it easier to identify and utilize U.S. suppliers, as outlined in the order, will help ensure we are efficiently meeting our own needs as we look to rebuild our long-neglected domestic supply chains.

“The Covid-19 crisis demonstrated that we are sorely unprepared to meet our own needs, and this remains true of countless products. If we want to heal our nation in the wake of the deadly pandemic, we must take bold action to rebuild our economy, creating good jobs and broadly shared prosperity. President Biden’s executive order is a critical part of that effort. 

“Our nation is long overdue for serious, robust investment in our crumbling infrastructure. Today’s action is crucial not only for rebuilding our nation’s broken economy and making our country safer, but for laying a foundation so that all of the work that stems from this investment supports American jobs. 

“For too long, we have allowed foreign-made products to dominate our markets. We look forward to working with the Biden administration as together we seek to ensure our federal policies serve our country’s best interests.”

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.

USW Applauds New Executive Orders to Protect Workers, Pushes for Permanent Action

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 13:00

Contact: Chelsey Engel, 412-562-1178, cengel@usw.org

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today welcoming President Joe Biden’s executive orders focused on combatting the coronavirus pandemic, and specifically the order urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to take immediate steps to protect workers:

“Our union, and the labor movement as a whole, have called upon OSHA and MSHA for nearly a year to issue workplace health standards to protect front-line and essential workers as they fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

“Now, nearly a year after the outbreak of this crisis, workers may start to get a measure of relief thanks to President Biden’s executive order signed today calling upon these agencies to enforce worker health and safety requirements, as well as to consider developing Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).

“This order is a big step in the right direction, and we applaud the president in heeding the call. We hope the agencies take the next step in creating first temporary, then permanent and enforceable standards.

“We are also encouraged to see the president directing relevant agencies to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to speed up the manufacturing of testing and vaccine supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more items needed to fight this deadly disease. Combatting the virus will require sustained commitment, and we applaud the Biden administration’s bold action to help protect the American people.

“America is nothing without its workers, and we must never stop fighting for their safety and dignity at work.”

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.

NLRB Certifies USW Election at Kumho Tire

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 12:17

Contact: Joe Smydo, jsmydo@usw.org, 412-562-2281

Workers at Kumho Tire in Macon, Ga., today welcomed a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision certifying their vote to join the United Steelworkers (USW).

The certification of election results by Lisa Y. Henderson, the NLRB’s Region 10 acting director, requires Kumho to immediately sit down with the workers and negotiate a first contract.

“I want to congratulate these union members for staying the course when Kumho tried every reprehensible stunt possible to break their morale and thwart the organizing drive,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who represents Steelworkers in seven southern states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Instead of wasting money to fight workers’ free choice to organize, Kumho could have used those funds to enhance workplace safety and provide a fair contract.

“Now, because of their persistence, these workers will have a voice in the workplace and the strength to fight for better wages and working conditions,” Flippo added. “And they’ll have the backing of the USW, the largest tire union in the United States.”

After Kumho illegally interfered in a 2017 election, the NLRB found the company committed “numerous and egregious” unfair labor practices over the course of its anti-union campaign. Then, in a separate 2019 election, workers voted to join the USW. Kumho delayed the certification of election results by filing numerous frivolous objections, the last of which Henderson dismissed Wednesday.

“We encourage the company to recognize the workers’ vote and the government’s certification of the results,” Flippo said. “It’s time for Kumho to sit down and negotiate with its workers on the issues that face them during this most challenging time.”

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

USW Welcomes Biden Administration

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:47

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

The United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in response to Joe Biden’s inauguration:

“The USW congratulates Joe Biden on today becoming the 46th president of the United States and welcomes his vision and experience as our country faces unparalleled challenges.

“From containing the pandemic to revitalizing our flailing economy, it’s essential that we have strong, steady leadership that prioritizes working people.

“The new administration is extremely qualified to address these crises. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris understand that all workers deserve fair wages, safe working conditions and a secure retirement, and they’ve assembled a cabinet that has proven that they’re eager to work to create good, family-sustaining jobs and healthy, vibrant communities.

“Central to the success of this revitalization effort is a clear focus on building back our country’s crumbling infrastructure. Aggressive investment in a modernized infrastructure will not only help rebuild our domestic supply chains and create badly needed manufacturing jobs now, but will also ensure long-term sustainable economic recovery for generations to come.

“President Biden has long been a friend of our union and of all working people. The USW is excited to work with his administration as together we put our country back on the path toward health and widespread economic 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.

USW Applauds Worker-Friendly Choices for OSHA Leadership Roles

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 06:52

Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today praised incoming President Joe Biden’s decision to tap workplace safety advocates James S. Frederick and Joseph T. Hughes Jr. for leadership positions in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Frederick, who will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, comes to the job following three decades of work to improve worker health and safety, including 25 years in the USW’s health, safety and environment department.

“There is no stronger advocate for worker safety in this country than Jim Frederick,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “He brings to OSHA not just a deep commitment to safer workplaces for all Americans, but the expertise and experience to get the job done right.”

Until 2019, Frederick served as assistant director and principal investigator for the USW’s health, safety and environment department. In that role, he provided oral and written testimony to congressional panels and federal agencies that led to progress on countless workplace safety issues, including workplace violence, beryllium, silica, hazard communication and ergonomics.

Hughes, who will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pandemic and Emergency Response for OSHA, also brings with him a strong commitment to workers. Previously, he was the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Education and Training Program, which provided grants to unions, companies and nonprofits to train rank-and-file workers on occupational health and safety.

“For nearly a year, American workplaces have needed an emergency workplace standard to help them fight the spread of COVID-19,” Conway said. “This is one more signal that OSHA will be doing the job that it was intended to do after four years of neglect.”

Conway said that the Biden administration’s proactive approach will be a welcome change.

“There has been a void in our executive branch of our government that we will finally see filled,” Conway said. “Working Americans deserve leaders of intellect and empathy who not only understand what it’s like to work for a living, but who will fight for the rights, health, safety and well-being of them and their families.”

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.

Steel Industry and Labor Urge Biden to Keep Steel Tariffs in Place

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 15:17

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

 

 

USW Members Approve Five Year Contract with Constellium to End Strike in Muscle Shoals

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 15:12

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.

USW Vice President Brown Elected to National Endowment for Democracy

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 15:12

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.

 

 

USW Applauds Biden Picks for Labor, Commerce Secretaries

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 18:24

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.

 

USW Decries Trump-Incited Violence

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 14:36

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.

 

USW Mourns Paperworkers President Wayne E. Glenn

Wed, 01/06/2021 - 09:37

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.

USW Welcomes Covid Relief Package, Cites Need for Further Aid in New Year

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 07:48

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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