The United Steelworkers’ Political Action Committee (USW PAC) is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from members, including the members of Local 3657. Those contributions allow our union to run the most effective, member-driven political program in the labor movement.
With the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections on the horizon, it’s never been more important for us to make our voices heard in the political process. The best way for members to contribute to the USW PAC is through payroll deductions. If you are not already contributing to PAC, or would like to change your contribution, please see Carolyn Stokes, Local 3657 PAC chair, or another member of the local’s PAC committee, Eric Russell or Beth Ussery.
Here are some testimonials from Local 3657 members about why PAC contributions are so important:
“The bank that holds your mortgage has a PAC, and the employers that USW members work for have PACs. We ought to have one, too. Members of USW Local 3657 have a vested interest in our union having a voice in electoral politics. A retired member from Local 13300 once told me, ‘Vote your job and lobby your hobby.’ It’s a message that I’ve never forgotten. The PAC program helps us get the right candidates on the ballot.”
– John Lepley
“I look at PAC as an extension of the ideas that lead us to form unions in the first place – because our voices, when we stand together, are more powerful than when we have to act alone. PAC lets us take the ideas of solidarity and strength in numbers and extend them from the workplace into politics. Politics are just as important as the contracts that govern our workplaces – maybe even more so. Politicians make decisions every day that affect our children’s education, our safety at work, whether we have access to health care, even whether we have the freedom to join a union at all. Through PAC, we can have a more powerful voice in those decisions.”
– R.J. Hufnagel
“In addition to federal law prohibiting our dues dollars from being used for many of our union’s political efforts, I want my monthly contributions in dues to support our union’s strike and defense fund, efforts to organize new workers, and our non-partisan work to improve workplace safety and defend workers’ rights in state and federal lawmaking. That is why I’m proud to voluntarily contribute 1 percent of my monthly paycheck to the USW Political Action Committee, which fully supports our union’s work to organize our members and families in the political process, and help elect state and federal officeholders who will fight for us. If we aren’t investing in ourselves, no one else will.”
– Eric Russell
DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO PAC? If so, share your story about why you think it’s important, and we can add it to this page! Contact Carolyn Stokes at email@example.com.
The USW is offering an Outlook 2016 Certification course through New Horizons. The classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings on April 16, 18, 23, and 25 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the New Horizons facility in Greentree, Pa. New Horizons allows up to 15 participants per class, including remote students. Local 3657 members have first preference to register, according to seniority. Excluded staff can sign up if any spaces remain. If you would like to register please contact Jenn Durick (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.
Local 3657 Members are invited to RSVP for our special, two-day (March 20th & 21st) screening and discussion of the documentary film, Moundsville.
For members in the headquarters, we will have ‘mounds of barbeque’ for lunch on Wednesday, March 20th in the ninth-floor conference room from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. We’ll host a potluck for the moderated discussion the next day on Thursday, March 21st, so start cooking now. Click here to RSVP for the screening and sign up for the potluck.
For members outside the building, we have arranged for the documentary to be available electronically. Please enter your name in this form and we will provide you with the link and password to view it. We will also live-stream the moderated discussion for members to watch and participate in the Q & A session.
Also, please note that members in the District and Washington, D.C., offices can request reimbursement for up to $15 for lunch if they submit receipts.
The New Member Committee is happy to welcome Nikki Kemp and Amber Stenman to Local 3657. Both will be working in the organizing department. You can find out more about them by reading the bios below. If you see them around, please give them a warm welcome to our local union!
About Nikki: I’m currently working in Organizing on the Pitt Faculty Campaign. I’ve worked with fast food and health care workers to build the Fight for $15 in Pittsburgh, Philly and across the country. I’ve worked with SEIU Healthcare PA and 32BJ union members to strengthen their chapters and have done work with Planned Parenthood. I’ve been a letter carrier, bartender, and some things in between. Other than that I like to run and box.
About Amber: Hello, brothers and sisters! I’m Amber and have spent most of my adult life in the helping professions, ultimately leading to the labor movement when I realized the only true way to lift people up is lifting them out of poverty and helping them find their own voice. My path to getting here included earning a Sociology degree at IUP, a master’s of Social and Public Policy at Duquesne, and years or experience organizing healthcare workers. I couldn’t be more excited to put my experience to work at the USW!