To meet U.S. tech needs, more minerals need to be mined domestically

United Steelworkers (USW) District 11 Director Emil Ramirez joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed the need to increase domestic mining of the precious metals required to manufacture solar panels, wind turbines, electric car batteries and other technologies. Continue reading

Ohio’s redistricting process heavily favors Republican representation

Pat Gallagher, United Steelworkers District 1 Director, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss alleged gerrymandering of new redistricting maps in the state of Ohio. The case is currently before the Ohio Supreme Court. Continue reading

ArcelorMittal workers strike for better contract, two weekends off and higher pay

Brian Sealy, Sub-District 3 Director for the United Steelworkers (USW), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a recent strike by 500 members of Steelworkers Local 3057, who work at the ArcelorMittal plant in Shelby, Ohio. Continue reading

Exxon workers locked out of refinery as USW continue to negotiate

Since May 1, about 650 Exxon workers have been locked out of a Beaumont, Texas refinery and packaging plant after contract negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 13-243 and management stalled.

Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO and International Vice President of the USW, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the lockout and the USW’s effort to reach an agreement. Continue reading

USW redistricting: District 2 to be absorbed into Districts 1 and 7

Michael Bolton, Director of United Steelworkers (USW) District 2 will not run for re-election. The International decided not to replace his position and will instead absorb his district into other districts. District 2 covers steelworkers in Michigan and Wisconsin. Michigan steelworkers will be absorbed into District 1 in Ohio; Wisconsin steelworkers will be absorbed into District 7 in Indiana and Illinois.

USW District 1 Director Donnie Blatt, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Union’s redistricting efforts — and why the move will strengthen and solidify both districts through larger numbers and a stronger voice.

He also discussed COVID-19 vaccinations and what the USW is doing to encourage worker vaccinations in order to protect its members and their families. Continue reading