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USW, US Wind Announce Partnership to Transform Historic Sparrows Point Site

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 12:19

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

The United Steelworkers union (USW) announced today that it will partner with US Wind as it transforms a portion of the former Sparrows Point steel mill into a manufacturing facility supporting the growth of offshore wind energy.

US Wind plans to use the site to make the monopile foundations needed for their offshore wind developments.

Through the agreement, the USW will work with the company to recruit and train local workers, ensuring the surrounding community shares in the benefits of this investment. The USW and US Wind will also mutually support workers’ rights to unionize and collectively bargain.

USW International President Tom Conway said that the USW and US Wind share a number of goals, including ensuring that the U.S. has strong domestic supply chains for emerging energy industries and creating high-quality manufacturing jobs. 

“The loss of the Sparrows Point steel mill, which once employed thousands of workers, was a huge blow to the Baltimore community and to U.S. manufacturing as a whole,” Conway said. “Now, we have a chance to create the jobs of the future right here on this historic site and ensure that they are good, union jobs that will again support families across this region.”

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 Tech Workers Ratify Historic First Contract at HCL

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 08:09

Contact: Tony Montana, 412-562-2592, tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers have ratified a first contract with Google contractor HCL America, Inc., covering about 65 employees who are based in Pittsburgh.

USW International President Tom Conway said that the three-year contract improves wages, job security and working conditions.

“After close to two years of hard work, patience and solidarity from our members at HCL, we are proud of what we achieved in this agreement,” Conway said. “More than ever, our struggle with HCL shows that all workers deserve the protections and benefits of a union contract.”

Members of the USW bargaining committee said that HCL‘s treatment of workers illustrates why unions are more important than ever and pointed out the consolidated complaint issued against the company by the National Labor Relations Board over unfair labor practices.

“After ignoring our concerns, HCL tried to prevent us from forming a union, and when it failed, the company dragged out the negotiating process while sending our jobs overseas in retaliation,” said Amanda Parks, a member of the bargaining committee who works for HCL. “Now, with a strong union and contract in place, we’re confident that our voices will be heard.”

“HCL can no longer use issues like wage rates, job descriptions or opportunities for advancement to divide workers,” said Renata Nelson, another member of the bargaining committee who works for HCL. “The company must understand that we deserve fair consideration for our contributions to its success and respect us as people with families and bills to pay.”

The ratified contract takes effect immediately, and will expire in three years.

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 OMB’s Plan to Strengthen Domestic Content Requirements

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 08:00

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 Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) proposed rulemaking that will include an increase in the Buy American threshold for general government procurement from 55 percent to 60 percent immediately and ultimately to 75 percent:

“Workers across every facet of our economy, including hundreds of thousands of USW members, are ready and willing to help our nation meet its needs. 

“It’s vitally important that as the federal government spends taxpayer dollars, those funds go toward giving these workers the opportunity to continue manufacturing high-quality products and supporting good, community-sustaining jobs now and into the future.

“Today’s announcement that the OMB will raise the general government procurement threshold demonstrates a serious commitment to revitalizing our nation’s manufacturing base, rebuilding our supply chains and ensuring a steady path forward for our domestic industries.

“The USW applauds this bold, forward-looking action and looks forward to continuing our work with the OMB’s Made in America office and the whole Biden administration as together we look to secure our nation’s manufacturing capacity and promote widespread economic security.” 

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’s Tentative First Contract with Tech Firm HCL Improves Wages, Job Security

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:11

Contact: Tony Montana, 412-562-2592, tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has reached tentative agreement on a first contract with Google contractor HCL America, Inc., on behalf of about 65 employees who are based in Pittsburgh.

USW International President Tom Conway said the tentative agreement represents the hope of a bright future for workers seeking to organize unions to negotiate for better pay, benefits and working conditions, no matter what industry or occupation.

“Nearly two years ago, HCL’s employees voted to organize and bargain collectively for a fair contract, and the company fought viciously against it for as long as it could,” Conway said. “Thanks to the solidarity and determination of these workers and the leadership of our committee, we have reached this important milestone of a first tentative agreement.”

Amanda Parks, a member of the USW bargaining committee who works for HCL, said that over its three-year term, the proposed contract addresses pay parity and includes meaningful wage increases. It provides additional paid time off and includes important contract language safeguards to provide job security.

“In spite of the company’s best efforts to discourage participating in the union and to avoid negotiating in good faith, we remained united to make our voices heard and demand a fair contract,” said Renata Nelson, also a member of the committee. “We work hard, and we deserve what all workers deserve, an agreement that reflects our important contributions to the company’s success.”

Beginning in October 2020, Region 6 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a series of four amended, consolidated complaints against the company which outlined in detail the company’s failure to bargain in good faith.

Among other illegal actions, the NLRB alleged that HCL had outsourced work from Pittsburgh to Krakow, Poland, in retaliation for workers voting for union representation, and the board sought to order the company to restore the work to bargaining unit members.

A ratification vote for the membership is scheduled for July 30, 2021. If ratified, the proposed contract would take effect immediately.

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.

Pitt Faculty Looks Forward to Holding Election to Join USW

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 15:41

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

Faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh are looking forward to holding a vote to become members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union after the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) scheduled an election to take place from Aug. 27 through Oct. 12.

“It’s been a long road, but I am thankful that we will finally have the chance to make our voices heard,” said Tyler Bickford, an associate professor in the university’s English Department. “A vote for a union is a vote to create a better university. Gaining a voice will provide faculty members with greater job security, improve educational outcomes, promote better research and increase transparency across the university system. It’s a win-win.”

The decision to hold an election follows years of relentless anti-union efforts by the Pitt administration aimed at preventing such a vote from taking place.

Financial records show that the Pitt administration has paid more than $2.1 million since 2016 to Philadelphia “union avoidance” law firm Ballard Spahr for its help in an ongoing campaign to stop faculty members’ unionization efforts, as well as to prevent a concurrent effort by Pitt graduate student workers to join the USW.

“It’s unfortunate that an institution like Pitt can accept millions in tax dollars and then turn around and spend millions to silence its workers,” said Melinda Ciccocioppo, a lecturer in the psychology department. “As Pitt faculty members, we have wanted nothing more than what all higher education workers deserve – a voice in the decisions that affect our lives and those of our students.”

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. This April, the examiner issued a follow-up decision on which faculty members would be included in the USW bargaining unit, bringing the total to about 3,000 faculty members.

“We look forward to making our voices heard loud and clear and then moving forward with the important work of making the University of Pittsburgh a better institution for faculty, students and our entire community,” Ciccocioppo said.

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 Members Ratify New Contract with ATI

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 19:04

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

(Pittsburgh) – Members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) today ratified a new four-year contract with specialty steel maker Allegheny Technologies Inc., (ATI) that raises wages, provides lump-sum payments and protects affordable, high-quality health care for current and future workers. 

In accordance with an agreement between the union and the company, 1,300 USW members in nine ATI locations will begin returning to work on or before July 18, ending an unfair labor practice strike that began March 30, 2021.

“Our members showed tremendous strength and solidarity, beating back demands for concessions that would have hurt generations of workers,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “This contract reflects how truly powerful working people can be when we fight together.”

USW members voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached on July 2. The new contract runs from March 1, 2021, through February 28, 2025.

“The company came into these negotiations in January looking for unfair and unnecessary concessions,” said USW Vice President David McCall, who chairs negotiations with ATI. “But after years of sacrifice, including the past year working through the pandemic, our members deserve a deal that reflects their contributions to the company’s success. This contract achieves that goal.”

The new contract preserves premium-free health insurance coverage without the second, lower tier of health care for new hires the company wanted. It also provides $7,000 in direct payments and a 9 percent increase in wages over the life of the agreement, as well as protecting union jobs against outside contractors, safeguarding shutdown pensions and making other important improvements.

“I’m proud that our members refused to be intimidated by the company’s tactics,” said McCall. “While we certainly tried to avoid a labor dispute, when we were forced to strike against ATI’s unfair labor practices, our members stuck together and remained committed to reaching a fair deal. Now that solidarity is paying off.”

The USW represents about 850,000 North American workers in a variety of industries such as steel, aluminum and other metals; pulp and paper; tires and rubber; chemicals; energy producing; oil refining; healthcare; the service and public sectors; and a growing number in professional, tech and academic fields.

Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement with ATI to End Three Month Unfair Labor Practice Strike

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 21:02

Contact: Tony Montana, (412) 562-2592, tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers today said that the union has reach tentative agreement with ATI (NYSE: ATI) on a four-year contract covering 1,300 workers at nine facilities who have been on strike against unfair labor practices since March 30, 2021.

USW International Vice President (Administration) David McCall, who chairs negotiations with ATI, said that the union was able to keep pressure on management to engage at the table thanks to the solidarity and support of the membership at all locations for the duration of six months of bargaining and three months on the picket lines.

“The unity of USW members at ATI has proven that we can accomplish great things when we stand together to fight for the respect and dignity of a fair contract,” McCall said. “Despite management’s repeated attempts to divide and conquer its workers, we showed once again that our solidarity is a tremendously powerful force.”

In the coming days, USW members will review the details of the proposed new contract and return-to-work agreement with their negotiating committee before a ratification vote, which will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Broadly, the proposed agreement provides lump sum payments, meaningful wage increases and maintains a premium-free health insurance plan for union members without establishing a permanent lower tier of benefits for new hires.

If the proposed agreement is ratified, the recall process would begin immediately, and USW members are expected to return to work shortly after the ratification process is complete.

The USW represents about 850,000 North American workers in a variety of industries such as steel, aluminum and other metals; pulp and paper; tires and rubber; chemicals; energy producing; oil refining; healthcare; the service and public sectors; and a growing number in professional, tech and academic fields.

USW reaches effects bargaining agreement with Viatris over Morgantown facility closure

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 15:03

Contact: Chelsey Engel, 412-212-8173, cengel@usw.org; J.D. Wilson, 304-919-0234, jwilson@usw.org

The United Steelworkers union (USW) today announced that it reached a final agreement with Viatris over the effects of the company’s decision to close its formerly Mylan-owned pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Morgantown, W. Va.

The union has been bargaining with Viatris since March on behalf of 850 members of Local 8-957. Last month, members visited the West Virginia Capitol to raise awareness about the impacts of the closure.

“Closing this plant is a tragic decision, and we fought hard to get these hard workers an agreement that reflects their years of dedication and service,” said USW Vice President of Human Affairs Fred Redmond, who also leads the union’s health care bargaining. “We will continue fighting for these members and their community and do everything we can to ease the burden of this transition.”

The agreement includes both severance pay and other benefits for workers who will lose their jobs July 31, when the facility is set to close. Viatris announced the closure last December.

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 Welcomes House Passage of INVEST in America Act, Calls for Continued Action on Infrastructure

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 12:57

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

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, which would provide more than $700 billion for transportation and water infrastructure:

“The USW welcomes today’s House passage of the INVEST in America Act as a significant step toward repairing our nation’s critical infrastructure, making our communities safer and sustaining and creating millions of good jobs.

“Thanks to the leadership of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, this bill provides badly needed funds for our transportation networks and water systems and, just as significantly, lays a framework to strengthen domestic procurement provisions and require regular waiver reviews that will ensure American workers will reap the full benefit of this investment.

“This is the kind of forward thinking that we need as we engage in what must be a larger, ongoing effort to rebuild our infrastructure, revitalize our communities and reinvigorate our economy.

“We look forward to working with both the White House and Congress as we make this transformational infrastructure initiative a reality.”

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: Infrastructure Deal a Critical Step in Process

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 14:01

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

The United Steelworkers (USW) today called the agreement that President Joe Biden announced yesterday with a bipartisan group of U.S. senators a positive step in what must be an ongoing process of rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

“Yesterday’s compromise gets us closer than ever to enacting a historic infrastructure program,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “After so many years of inaction from the White House, it is a welcome relief that the Biden administration is clearly committed to getting this done, but there is much more work to do before we can celebrate. This agreement is just one piece of what we hope will be a many-faceted approach to rebuilding our nation.”

Conway said the final plan must do more than just address the country’s crumbling roads and bridges, water systems and power grids. Congress must also enact legislation to ensure upgrades to the nation’s “human infrastructure” such as education, child care, health care and other essential services.

“Infrastructure is more than just iron pipes, steel beams and cement blocks,” he said. “It’s the teachers who educate our children and it’s the nurses who care for our aging parents. The final plans Congress approves must take a wider view of our national infrastructure than we have in the past so that we see lasting improvements in our quality of life for decades to come.” 

The COVID-19 crisis should be a wake-up call for those in Congress who in the past have failed to look at infrastructure as a long-term, big-picture issue, Conway said.    

“The pandemic made it clear that we must invest heavily both in restoring our nation’s manufacturing capacity and in keeping the American people safe,” he said. “That means making sure we never have to look overseas for essential goods. It means training new generations of workers so we have Americans ready to make the products we need. And it means supporting union organizing so that we make sure the jobs we create are the kinds of jobs that can support families and communities.”

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 Seeks Swift Action on Back Pay for Workers in U.S. Virgin Islands

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 08:43

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

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today urged officials of the U.S. Virgin Islands to quickly hammer out a plan for paying back wages to government workers subjected to illegal pay cuts during a fiscal crisis a decade ago.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the Legislature have promised to pay the public servants, including about 2,000 USW members, but they have advanced plans with different timetables.

“It’s essential that Gov. Bryan and legislative leaders come to agreement on a payment process as quickly as possible,” stressed USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, who leads thousands of Steelworkers in the Virgin Islands and seven Southern states.

“The dedicated workers who keep the government of the Virgin Islands running day in and day out already have waited 10 long years to receive wages that never should have been taken from them in the first place,” Flippo noted. “That’s money that they need to pay mortgages, educate their children and meet other expenses. Further delay compounds the injury to their families.”

The government arbitrarily slashed workers’ pay by 8 percent from 2011 to 2013, violating collective bargaining agreements with union members.

The USW sued and, in 2016, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the wage cuts illegal. The ruling was a victory for government workers across the nation because it signaled that state and local governments could not violate contracts just to save money on workers’ backs.

“The USW urges Gov. Bryan and the Legislature to begin righting the wrong done to thousands of workers,” Flippo said. “There’s no time to waste. Justice for these union members requires speedy adoption of a plan for providing back pay so they can build more secure futures.”

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’s Final Determination on PVLT Tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:40

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

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today welcomed the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final affirmative determination on dumped and subsidized passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Time and time again USW members lead the fight to protect their jobs and their communities from the devastating effects of unfair trade and ensure a level playing field for domestic producers,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “This case was no different. I’m proud of all the hard work our members do every day, not just in making high-quality tires but also in safeguarding this vital industry.”

The USW filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against the four countries on May 13, 2020. Seven representatives of the USW, including Conway, testified in support of the petitions at an ITC hearing last month.

“We’re grateful that the ITC affirmed what USW members see every day: a deliberate effort to undercut our domestic industry and overtake our market,” Conway said.

Kevin Johnsen, who chairs the USW’s Rubber/Plastics Industry Conference, said today’s ITC decision was an important step toward leveling the playing field for domestic tire makers, but it must not be the last.

“We need long-term, sustainable solutions for bad trade,” Johnsen said. “While we are grateful for the work of both the ITC and the Commerce Department, our current system is clearly broken. Before we can get remedies, we must demonstrate harm in the form of lost jobs and reduced market share. By that time, American workers are already suffering. We can and must do better.”

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.; Yokohama’s plant in Salem, Va.; and Kumho Tire’s plant in Macon, Ga.

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.

NLRB Issues Amended Complaint against Google Contractor HCL

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 12:45

Contact: Tony Montana, 412-562-2592, tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on June 21, 2021, Region 6 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an amended consolidated complaint against HCL America, Inc., a contractor at Google’s Bakery Square office.

Since issuing its first complaint against HCL in October 2020, the NLRB has outlined in detail HCL's failure to bargain in good faith with the union representing its employees, who are negotiating for a first contract with the multi-billion dollar multinational. Most egregiously, the company has been eroding its Pittsburgh work force by moving work done here to its facility in Krakow, Poland, to retaliate against workers for exercising their right to choose union representation.

This week’s amended complaint includes a request for an extraordinary remedy: an order to restore the work sent overseas. The complaint also includes a new allegation that HCL unlawfully froze wages in 2020. An administrative law judge is scheduled to hear the NLRB’s case against HCL on July 19, 2021.

Meanwhile on Monday, HCL employees met with Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh in Pittsburgh, spotlighting the need for the U.S. Senate to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would remove unnecessary barriers to union organizing, make it easier to negotiate first contracts, and increase punishments for employers who illegally attempt to block workers’ collective efforts.

However, on Tuesday, HCL employees were notified that they will not return to the Google Bakery Square office. They may continue to work remotely or could also be sent to a Google vendor office or HCL run office, none of which has been negotiated with the union.

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.

NLRB to Prosecute New Complaint against Tecnocap; Appeals Court Upholds 2018 Illegal Lockout Determination

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 09:44

Contact: Tony Montana, 412-562-2592, tmontana@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on June 14, 2021, Region 6 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a consolidated complaint against Tecnocap, LLC, for a series of unfair labor practices committed by the company between August 2020 and February 2021.

On Sept. 13, 2021, an administrative law judge will hear the NLRB’s case against Tecnocap for violations of federal labor law that include unilaterally slashing employee health benefits and requiring union members to work 12-hour shifts.

In addition, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week upheld a determination by the NLRB that the company’s nine-day March 2018 lockout of almost 80 members of Local 152M at the company's Glen Dale, W.V., production facility illegal.

USW District 8 Director Ernest R. (“Billy”) Thompson said that the USW welcomes the prospect of justice for the workers who Tecnocap illegally locked out and admonished the company for still refusing to bargain in good faith.

“We hope that this decision prompts Tecnocap to reconsider its pattern of violating the rights of employees and to return to the bargaining table to hammer out a fair contract for these workers,” Thompson said. “The company simply needs to start obeying the law and negotiating with us in good faith.”

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 Members at Google Contractor HCL Meet with VP Harris Labor Secretary Walsh

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 15:36

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

USW members who work for Google contractor HCL met this afternoon with Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to address the importance of promoting union organizing on a national scale.

The conversation took place following a larger meeting the two Biden administration officials held with representatives from the USW and seven other Pittsburgh-area unions at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall on the city’s South Side.

“Becoming a union member is a life-changing moment, and it’s good to see that this administration supports that,” said Amanda Parks, a USW member who works at HCL. “The surest way to promote good jobs and economic security for the working class is to grow union density across all sectors of the economy, from service jobs to blue collar jobs to white collar jobs and everywhere in between.”

About 80 tech workers at HCL, who work side-by-side with Google employees at the company’s Pittsburgh offices, voted in September 2019 to join the USW’s Federation of Tech Workers. The group is in the process of negotiating its first contract with the company.

This April, President Joe Biden signed an executive order establishing the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, which is intended to use a whole-of-government approach to encourage worker organizing and expand collective bargaining.

Vice President Harris chairs the task force, with Secretary Walsh serving as vice chair. Twenty-three other top administration officials also serve on the panel.

In addition, the administration is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would remove unnecessary barriers to union organizing and increase punishments for employers who illegally attempt to block workers’ collective efforts. The U.S. House passed the bill in March with a bipartisan vote.

“Today’s meeting is an encouraging reminder that workers have allies in the White House and throughout this administration,” said HCL worker Wynne Lanros. “It’s heartening to know that we have leaders who do more than just talk about supporting working people. They actually back up that talk with action to support them and their voices.”

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, Mississippi Polymers Reach Return to Work Agreement, Extend Contract

Sat, 06/12/2021 - 10:46

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

The United Steelworkers union (USW) and Mississippi Polymers today announced that they reached an agreement to extend their current contract, which expired June 5.

As part of the deal, more than 100 members of USW Local 759L will return to work Monday, June 14.

The agreement came after the union and the company spent two days meeting with a federal mediator.

USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo called the contract extension an important step forward.

“Our members remain strong and committed to reaching a fair deal,” said Flippo. “They’re glad to be going back to work as we continue bargaining a new labor agreement that reflects their commitment and contributions to the company’s success.”

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 Welcomes Made in America Waiver Guidance

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:58

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

Increased Transparency, Consistency Vital to Promoting Domestic Manufacturing

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today in response to the waiver guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget’s Made in America Office:

“Revitalizing our nation’s manufacturing base and, in the process, protecting and creating thousands of good, community-sustaining jobs is one of the surest ways to promote widespread economic security. We commend the Biden administration for making it a top priority.  

“Today’s guidance is an important step toward capitalizing on this potential, helping us better implement Made in America laws across all federal agencies by evaluating and streamlining the waiver process.

“When the federal government spends taxpayers’ money, we must ensure that those funds go toward supporting our domestic industries. Increasing consistency, transparency and communication around waivers will help U.S. manufacturers and workers fill these needs. 

“USW members are ready and willing to help build America’s future. We look forward to continuing to work with the Made in America Office and the whole Biden administration to ensure that they have that 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: OSHA’s new emergency temporary standard a huge step for worker safety

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 13:46

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

The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued its Covid-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) for health care workers:

“The USW is glad that, after more than a year of advocacy and organizing, health care workers will finally have enforceable workplace protections against the spread of Covid-19 thanks to OSHA’s new emergency temporary standard announced today.

“Health care workers, including 50,000 USW members, made deep, personal sacrifices every day of the pandemic caring for the sick and vulnerable. They deserve to know they will be as safe as possible while doing this vital work.

“Yet far too many health care workers have been sickened or died because their employers did not follow coronavirus protocols. This new temporary standard for Covid-19 is a huge step forward.

 “There is still much work ahead in the fight to keep workers safe on the job, including extending these protections to all workers and making them permanent. The updated guidance for other industries OSHA also issued today provides a base on which to build, but we must keep up the momentum.

“Our nation’s essential workers kept America running through one of our darkest times. We applaud President Biden’s leadership on this issue and commend OSHA for finally taking real action to keep them safe.”

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 Welcomes Results of Critical Supply Chain Reviews

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:23

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

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement today after the Biden administration issued its report on supply chain reviews called for in President Joe Biden’s “America’s Supply Chains” executive order:

“The USW commends the Biden administration for directly tackling the problem of our nation’s long-neglected supply chains and identifying concrete steps to shore up crucial vulnerabilities.

“Our union engaged in multiple stakeholder meetings with the administration after the president issued his executive order in February calling for 100-day reviews into key industrial supply chains.

“From employing the Defense Production Act to ensure we have ready access to active pharmaceutical ingredients, to supporting and financing advanced battery production, to identifying sites to domestically source critical minerals, the administration’s final report makes common-sense recommendations that will not only strengthen our national security but protect and create good jobs.

“Enhancing and enforcing domestic procurement policies and strengthening international trade rules will further ensure workers and their communities will be the direct beneficiaries of these investments.

“USW members know better than anyone that American workers are well-positioned and ready to take on this work. They have the skills and dedication needed to regrow capacity throughout our supply chains.

“We look forward to working with the administration to enact these recommendations and make our nation more resilient and secure.”

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 Blasts Mississippi Polymers’ Decision to Lock Out Workers

Sat, 06/05/2021 - 08:42

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

The USW today condemned Mississippi Polymers’ decision to lock out more than 100 members of USW Local 759L in its Corinth, Miss., plant.

“Our members are ready and willing to keep working while we continue bargaining a fair deal,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo. “It’s appalling that the company is willing to take this drastic step and keep workers off the job instead of working in good faith to resolve our outstanding differences.”

The local has been bargaining a new contract with Mississippi Polymers. On June 4, the company refused to allow workers on the job after they voted down a proposal with unreasonable changes to their health insurance and reducing their job security. At midnight the company instituted a formal lock out.

“These hard-working union members and their families deserve a contract that reflects their dedication and commitment,” Flippo said. “We are willing to keep working until we reach that agreement, but the company must end this illegal lock out.”

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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