USW fearful 1,000 union jobs may disappear if Enbridge Line 5 is shut down

In Michigan, an environmental effort has been launched that could wind up costing 1,000 union jobs, all while other workplaces continue to fight for union representation.

United Steelworkers (USW) District 1 Director Donnie Blatt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how one foundry is fighting to retain their collective bargaining rights and how the potential of losing 1,000 union jobs elsewhere.

Fisher Cast Steel

For the past 51 years, those working at the Fisher Cast Steel foundry in West Jefferson, Ohio have enjoyed a great collective bargaining relationship with their employer. Recently, the company has hired a union-busting lawyer who has his sights set on the foundry.

Blatt said his team is doing all they can to protect the collective bargaining rights of these working people. Despite this, the workers still worry they may lose representation.

Enbridge Line 5

Blatt also talked about the efforts to shut down Enbridge Line 5, a pipeline that feeds a plant in Toledo, Ohio that employs some 1,000 members of the USW.

The pipeline runs through the Straits of Mackinac, causing concern for some local and state politicians. Blatt said he and the USW is working with all of the decision makers involved in an attempt to keep the pipeline operational and build a cement casing around the pipeline. This would save the 1,000 union jobs at risk.

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