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Welcome brothers and Sisters!
This page was created for the employees at Cast Products. It's intended to inform and help organize the work force.
Congratulations to The Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon for voting to join the Steelworker family!
Welcome brothers and Sisters!
The majority of employees at Hanard Machine, ATI Cast Products Salem have voted to organize the workplace. We will be certifying the union cards with a neutral arbitrator next Tuesday May 21st.
Eric Martin has been stomping thru the plant attempting to steal the election from us. We have made our choice and our moving forward as a union. We will not be intimidated. We will not be bullied. We will not allow you to steal our right to organize. Let’s work together and ensure this is a great place to work for all of us.
Many employers will say anything to convince you to refuse your right to a better future. We always have choices, each day we hope we’ve made the right one.
Video games instead of a union? No thanks we'll pass.
ATI and the NLRB have reached a settlement on the charges we filed during the Albany organizing drive. Expect to receive an email and see the document posted at all employee boards.
The illegal discipline Kathleen handed out has all been removed. Our brother Dan is free to hand out the PTO information without harassment. 😝
Let’s remember, we as employees are guaranteed the right to organize our workplace without being harassed by management.
The employees at Cast Products in Salem have made the decision to join the union and become part of the Steelworker family. Please congratulate them on this monumental decision.
There have been many rumors circulating about the decision to become union. Let’s remember, we have the right to organize and be part of the decision making of our futures. Eric Martin has scheduled a meeting in Salem for tomorrow. Please stand strong as we know the only tool ATI has, is to drive fear into the workforce in an attempt to stop the employees to organizing the workplace.
Workers never take a strike lightly. We want our employers to be profitable so we can earn a living. However corporations don’t always support their employees, refusing to offer fair wages and cutting healthcare benefits. Never underestimate the power workers have once they’re united. Solidarity forever!
The 11-day strike may have cost Stop & Shop up to $110 million.
Harley-Davidson and Steelworkers reach a contract deal with a 14% wage increase over 5 years
The current contract expired today.
The agreement will lead to the hiring of more nurses and for the first time set minimum ratios of nurses to patients.
The United Steelworkers union announced a new contract between Appalachian Regional Healthcare and hospital workers in Kentucky and West Virginia.
Southwest Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association have come to a tentative contract agreement. If ratified, the contract would end nearly seven years of negotiations and labor spats, including a recent incident that caused an unprecedented number of grounded planes.
PA Labor and Industry rules walkout at the Erie Wabtec plant (formerly GE Transportation) a lockout. Union workers will receive unemployment insurance payments.
Workers have the right to decide what’s right for them when they have a union.
The deal included a 14 percent wage increase over five years.
Brook Park City Council members have approved one-year contracts for four of the city's five unions, including police and fire personnel.
Existing pact extended two months to allow for rank-and-file ratification vote.
Burgerville Workers Union
BIG NEWS! BURGERVILLE BACKS DOWN!
After facing brave resistance from workers at the Convention Center, and under intense pressure from the community, Burgerville corporate is formally rescinding, with back pay, ALL of their retaliatory disciplinary actions since Convention Center workers filed for an election last Wednesday. Every ounce of credit here goes to the workers and community supporters who fought against corporate's harsh, unjust treatment -- never give the boss applause when the workers win a fight.
The BVWU's statement is below, and check out the latest in the Willamette Week for context.
PORTLAND, OR: Burgerville’s recent decision to rescind all disciplinary actions issued at the Convention Center Burgerville since workers there filed for a union election, with backpay for lost wages, is an incredible victory. This is clear evidence of the power of workers taking collective action. When we fight, we win.
Burgerville will likely -- inevitably, even -- attempt to claim credit for this decision. All credit here is due to the workers who bravely resisted their bosses threatening their livelihoods, standing up for themselves and each other, and to the community that rallied around them.
This victory, though important, is not ultimately why we organize in our workplace. Our fight doesn’t center around retaliation, or even recognition. Workers need a liveable wage and to be treated with respect. Treating workers - mothers-to-be, students, ex-retired folks - like they are disposable is company policy. It’s not just bad apple managers. The whole tree is rotten.
Words are not going to be enough. When workers at Montavilla were suspended for refusing to comply with a racist button policy, the company responded with kind words and a little contrition and ultimately went back to the status quo. We want action.
If the company wants us to believe they respect our voices, they will immediately voluntarily recognize the union at Convention Center and Montavilla, where workers support forming a union in overwhelming numbers. If they care about the wellbeing of workers like Morrisha, they will agree to the paid maternity and paternity leave that the union has been demanding for years. If they care about their workers not living in poverty, they will offer a real wage proposal at the bargaining table instead of the insulting $0.13 raise they brought last month.
Rescinding these disciplinary actions is not enough, Burgerville. Do better. Surprise us.
At Monday night's City Council meeting, three-year contracts were unanimously ratified for Berea police patrol officers and sergeants, fire department personnel, and service department union employees.
The Michigan Nurses Association and Munson Medical Center have taken a big step forward to their first-ever contract agreement, and soon nurses will take the issue to a vote. It’s the result of nearly a year and half of negotiations, which started after nurses unionized in the summer of 2017. Then...
The strike of nearly 200 officers lasted six days.
Southington reaches new agreement with firefighters’ union- SOUTHINGTON – The town and the firefighters’ union agreed on a contract that awards average wage increases of 2.2 and 2.4 percent over three years.The Town Council unanimously approved the contract, retroactive to July 1, 2018, last w...
The agreement will go into effect June 1 and will bring annual increases to wages, health care and pension benefits.
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Union Plus benefits offered by the AFL-CIO's Union Privilege provides consumer savings, discounts, benefits, and education resources to active and retired labor union members.
Grad students forming a union? Doesn’t everyone deserve the right to be part of decisions that directly effect them? Wouldn’t you want to be included in decisions that effect your life?
The United Steelworkers applauded today’s ruling from the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board affirming University of Pittsburgh graduate student employees’ right to join a union.
Monday Morning Minute - USW Paper Sector
Monday, March 11, 2019
Union Work – Collective Bargaining, Organizing, Arbitration, Worker Rights, Community Work, Political Work, Labor History
Congress Passed Bill Inclusive of Language Recognizing Carbon Neutrality of Forest-Based Biomass for Energy Production – As part of appropriations legislation for the Fiscal Year 2019, Congress reaffirmed that Federal Regulatory Policy should include the carbon neutrality of forest-based renewable biomass for energy production. The bipartisan legislation passed both the House and the Senate.
The Paper Industry is very energy-intensive, but most of the power consumed comes from renewable sources like hydroelectricity and biomass produced internally By utilizing paper-making byproducts like black liquor – a waste product created during the process of removing lignin from paper pulp – the industry has been able to reduce its use of fossil fuels and some mills even sell electricity back to the grid.
USW Local 2-0042 – Cascades Tissue Group – Eau Claire, WI, USW District 2 – Local Union Safety Committee Completes Two-Day Workshop, part of the United Steelworkers/Tony Mazzocchi Center’s “Preventing Fatalities and Improving Safety and Health in the Paper Sector” Project – On February 26, 2019 Local Union leaders and safety committee members participated in the first day of the workshop; on February 27th they were joined by management counterparts for the second day, focusing on “Increasing the Effectiveness of Labor-Management Safety and Health Committees.”
This was the first time this type of workshop has been presented for a Cascades Tissue Group mill. Union and Management participants discussed strengths of the mill’s health and safety systems and structures, including sharing of safety information and a commitment of working together for a safe workplace. Also discussed were suggestions to increase the effectiveness of the safety and health committee by formulating a process for handling workplace change, regular walk-around inspections/audits and a process for union-management accident/incident/near-miss investigations to identify root causes and system failures, along with having adequate time for the committee, including the newly identified co-chairs for the North End and South End to improve communications.
Participants developed specific action plans to address several current health and safety concerns such as addressing problems with dust and housekeeping, red zones and yellow zones (high hazard areas for vehicular and foot traffic), and improving training around green-on-green.
The workshop received very positive feedback from participants, including “Good examples in industry to set the tone of actual challenges,” “Lots of interaction in groups,” “Energetic & always kept meeting in a positive environment,” “Good examples of situations where safety got out of control (fatality),” and “Good variety of teaching methods.”
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Non-Union Mississippi Paper Manufacturer For Workplace Safety Violations, Proposes $303,657 in Penalties – OSHA cited von Drehle Corp. – a paper products manufacturer – for several workplace safety hazards that put employees at risk of injury at its facility in Natchez, Mississippi. The paper manufacturer faces $303,657 in penalties, including one for the maximum amount allowed by law. While this is not a USW-represented facility or Company, the hazards could be present elsewhere in the Sector and it is important to note that Employers are required to assess potential hazards and make necessary corrections to maintain a safe work environment.
An OSHA inspection of the company’s facility resulted in citations for exposing employees to electrical hazards; lack of machine guarding; allowing combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces; failing to lockout machinery to control hazardous energy; exposing employees to arc-flash; and allowing slip, trip, and fall hazards.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The USW works with USW-represented employers facing such fines to settle such citations and proposed penalties when attached to an effort to introduce systems addressing hazards along with worker-led safety education in the workplace.
USW Local 449 – Huhtamaki – Waterville, ME – Huhtamaki Plant in Maine Returns to Full Production after Fire – The Huhtamaki Mill in Waterville, ME is back up and running at full production after a four-alarm fire damaged part of the plant on January 29th. The fire began in the dryers due to complications in the beater room and spread through the ventilation system to the roof. It was the worst that the mill has ever seen and caused more than $1 million in damages. The Waterville Mill produces plates and trays under the popular Chinet brand.
On a conference call shortly after the fire occurred, Local Union President Lee Drouin and Safety Committee Chair Craig Clyde, said that the Company has committed to doing better on fire and evacuation training and the local is pushing for mock evacuations. Though no one was injured in the fire, the outcome could have been much different if not for quick thinking and action by an experienced workforce.
USW Locals 2-94 & 2-187 – ND Paper – Wisconsin Rapids, WI (Biron Mill) – Update on Conversion to Recycled Linerboard – ND Paper (a wholly owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons LLC, a Hong Kong based company) is converting its Biron Mill located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to produce recycled linerboard. The conversion is expected to take place by late summer of this year. The Mill was formerly owned by Catalyst Paper and was purchased by Nine Dragons Paper Holdings – A China-based Company, which is also the largest containerboard producer in Asia.
The project was originally announced in October 2018, and was expected to take about two years to complete. The expedited timeline means that the Company should be able to participate in the busiest time of year for the box industry.
USW Locals 365, 1247, 4-291, 936, 13-935, 956, 1300 & 1438 – Twin Rivers Paper Company – Madawaska, ME; Pine Bluff, AR; Lyonsdale, NY & Little Falls, NY – Twin Rivers Paper Company Names New CEO – On March 1st, Twin Rivers Paper Company announced that Ken Winterhalter, who currently serves at the Company’s President, has been named CEO. He succeeds Bob Snyder, who has been named Chairman of the Board. Mr. Winterhalter has served as President of Twin Rivers since 2013. He previously served as President and CEO of National Envelope and President of Unisource.
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