Local 3657 Civil Rights Committee Report on Staff Diversity of the United Steelworkers for 2014

As the civil rights committee for a union local that represents a significant portion of the staff of the United Steelworkers (USW), we believe that part of our charge is to periodically assess the USW’s performance when it comes to developing and maintaining a diverse workforce.  In addition, as Steelworkers, we believe having a staff and leadership representative of the diversity of our membership and the communities in which we work is consistent with the core values of our International Union.

This report is partly based on numbers reported directly to the Civil Rights Committee of USW Local 3657 (CRC) by the USW regarding the basic demographics of the U.S.-based membership of the Union in 2012.[1]  The remaining data come from the USW’s 2013 EEO-1 report to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and from available U.S. Census reports.  This year’s report is the first of its kind for our committee, and perhaps, the first of its kind in the forty plus years of our local or the seventy-two year history of our great international union.  None of us are demographers or statisticians, so we hope that our report is both accurate and useful as a means of measuring the USW’s performance in the area of staff diversity.  We welcome comments, questions, and certainly criticism of the constructive variety, all of which may be sent to either of the two co-chairs of this committee:  Guillermo Perez (gperez@usw.org) or Doug Ward (dward@usw.org).

In solidarity forever,

USW Local 3657 Civil Rights Committee: Guillermo Perez, Co-chair; Doug Ward, Co-chair; Sherry Boler; Shirley Bellamy; Jamaal Craig; Janet Hill; Audrey Minor Continue reading

Report Back from Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLWU) Women’s Leadership Skills Conference & 40th Anniversary

By Elizabeth Laux

My heartfelt thanks to my Local 3657 Sisters and Brothers for the opportunity to attend the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) National Executive Board Meeting, 40th Anniversary Awards Celebration and Women’s Leadership Skills Conference as a member of the National Executive Board (NEB) and Co-chair of the Legislative/Political Committee. It was five days of learning and inspiration, and I came away with a wealth of knowledge I hope to pay forward.

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Steelworkers Support UPMC Workers’ Fast for Our Future

Join USW International Vice President Fred Redmond and District 10 Director Bobby McAuliffe in supporting the UPMC Workers Fast for the Future
Wednesday, April 16th at 11:30am
UPMC Headquarters (600 Grant Street)
Meet in the lobby at 11:15am to walk over


About the UPMC Workers Fast for Our Future
UPMC workers have built an incredible movement to transform our city by transforming UPMC, our largest employer, healthcare provider, landowner and charity.
Our movement has won thousands and thousands of supporters – faith leaders, elected officials, community activists and our coworkers – to the simple idea that everyone who works should do so with respect and dignity, and that everyone who needs care should receive it.
Every day workers and the people of Pittsburgh challenge UPMC to live up to its charitable mission.  Our fast is also a challenge. It is an act of hope and anticipation, and also a show of strength and determination.  Because UPMC puts profits over people, we have become accustomed to hunger and hardship. When hunger and hardship is experienced in isolation, and outside of a movement for justice, they are just hunger and hardship. Our fast transforms hunger and hardship into a call for justice.  We are putting fasting for ourselves, to test and develop our commitment. We are fasting to call on UPMC to put aside business as usual and work with us to build a better future. 

Accident Report

To:                              USW International

From:                         USW local 3657, Health and Safety Committee

Date of incident:       March 10, 2014

Time of incident:       approximately 10:30 AM

John Lepley, technician in the Education and Membership Development Department, was smacked hard in the head by the handle of the “Challenge” paper cutting machine located in the 9th floor mailroom on Monday, March 10, 2014 at approximately 10:30 AM. Since he got a big bump on his head and his pupils were slightly dilated, he left work to see a doctor before going home for the day. The examining doctor ruled out a concussion since there was no swelling at the injury site and he didn’t lose consciousness.  He has a follow-up check-up Monday, March 17. He returned to work on March 11, 2014 with no restrictions.    

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