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.
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.
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.
Members from local 3657 joined more than 600 other Steelworkers from the United States and Canada for the Rapid Response and Legislative Conference last week in Washington DC. The conference started with a day of plenaries and workshops from the Good Jobs Green Conference, the BlueGreen Alliance’s annual legislative conference. The rest of the week was Steelworker-focused with guest speakers, panel discussions and workshops all centered around union activism and the theme of the conference — Investing in America’s Infrastructure. Check out the slide show of photos from the conference by clicking here for day one and here for day two!