RESOLUTION REGARDING THE SHOOTING OF MICHAEL BROWN BY POLICE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI

WHEREAS:

USW Local 3657 is committed to fighting to uphold civil rights. As our goals have always been to empower workers in their workplace, advance and promote equality in our union and communities, encourage political and legislative involvement, organize workers into unions and promote policies that support working families, we are saddened to have to address the death of Michael Brown, the young man gunned down by police in Ferguson, MO. This can only be described as an egregious attack on civil rights.  

WHEREAS:

Our democracy is suffering because segregation by race and class has again resulted in tragedy and reactions based on fear, splitting a community and the country at large. The labor movement has confronted the issues of racism and classism in America on many occasions and must do so now with this tragedy. We must stand in solidarity and be a voice for justice.  

WHEREAS:

The militarization of some law enforcement agencies is a manifestation of the fear authorities hold toward the very citizens they are sworn to protect. USW Local 3657 empathizes with those who take up the shield of a badge and its corresponding risks. However, USW Local 3657 cannot abide the demonization of our youth by those same authorities simply because they are of a different color, race, gender, ethnicity or background.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the members of the USW Local 3657 stand in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown and all those children who have been slain in an environment of fear and hostility;

That USW Local 3657 supports a full investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice;

That USW Local 3657 urges all media to commit to fair and balanced coverage of such incidents and avoid sensationalizing, regardless of jurisdiction;      

That USW Local 3657 urges elected officials and policy makers at all levels to work together in their communities to create an environment of justice for all, not just for the privileged few;

That USW Local 3657 remains committed to fighting for justice and equality and will continue working to break down the systems of racial segregation;

That USW Local 3657 remains committed to holding workshops for our members and the wider community on racial and socioeconomic injustice; and

That USW Local 3657 urges our members to contact elected officials to protest the militarization of the police both in Southwestern Pennsylvania and across the country.

Respectfully submitted this 28th of August 2014 by the Civil Rights Committee of USW Local 3657.  Adopted Unanimously.  

 

Membership Meeting, UNITE-HERE Rally, United Way Drive Continues!

As a quick reminder we have a meeting scheduled for 12:30 pm eastern time this Thursday, December 20th.  The meeting will be held in the lobby conference room in the headquarters and, as always, live streamed at https://uswlocal3657.org/live-stream/

We realize that many 3657 members will be taking some much deserved vacation time later this week.  If you’re not in the office please enjoy your time with your families!  But if you are working on Thursday, please try to attend the meeting.  
 
United Way Drive Continues
A few weeks ago we learned that this year’s United Way pledges from the USW staff are down more than 20% for the year.  Need in our community, meanwhile, is through the roof. We realize that these can be tough economic times for some folks—some of us have kids in college, sick parents, and other tough financial situations.  If you can’t afford to contribute financially, that’s fine.  If you can afford it, please think about giving what you can.  Also, you may want to think about pledging some of your time as well.  You can find volunteer opportunities online at:http://www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org/index.php/give-help/volunteer 
 
You can make a recurring pre-tax contribution to the United Way by pledging online athttps://doyouliveunited.org.  If you choose to pledge online, you can select an amount to be deducted from your paycheck (it will be deducted pre-tax).  Any amount, from $1/paycheck to $100/paycheck helps.  Your user ID is USW + your first initial + your last name (for instance my ID is USWpyoung) and your default password is usw-united.  The process will take about 5-10 mins. 
 
Rivers Casino, Pay Your Fair Share!  
Our sisters and brothers from UNITE-HERE Local 57 are holding an important demonstration tomorrow, December 19th at the Rivers Casino, calling on the Casino to agree to pay their fair share of taxes to support local schools.  If you’re in Pittsburgh, please try to attend! 
 
WHO: Community groups, Unions and other citizens concerned with excellent, adequately-funded public education
WHAT: Press Conference & Delivery of over 1,000 petition signatures to Rivers Casino 
WHEN: 2:30 pm on Wednesday, December 19th  
WHERE: Meet on the (public) River Walk in between the Carnegie Science Center & Rivers Casino (closer to the Science Center). There is no overhead cover, so please come weatherproofed.
WHY: Because Rivers Casino needs to pay its fair share & be the community partner it promised to be!

Help out people in our community… But don’t forget to ask why they’re poor.

A few weeks ago we learned that this year’s United Way pledges from the USW staff are down more than 20% for the year.  Need in our community, meanwhile, is through the roof.  I don’t have to give you statistics or numbers to let you know that people in our community are hurting, just look across the street from our building at about 6 o’clock every day.  Five years ago we would see a dozen or so people in line as the local churches distributed free meals and essential supplies.  Now we’re seeing crowds of 100 or more standing out in the cold every night just to get a warm meal. Continue reading

General Election Day and Pay for Knowledge

Election Day is Around the Corner

General Election Day is fast approaching and there is a lot of important work to be done to elect candidates that will work for working people.  For those of you here in Pittsburgh, I encourage you to think about participating in a phone bank or a block walk here in the building.  Those of you in the field can plug into our Union’s electoral activities wherever you are.

Below, find a schedule of phonebanking activities here in Pittsburgh between now and the election.  For more information contact USW Local 3657 Member Eric Russell aterussell@usw.org

Wednesday, October 31st 10:00am – 5:00pm Email erussell@usw.org to schedule 2nd Floor
5:00 – 8:00pm Hosted by AFLCIO in 1st Floor Lobby 1st Floor and 2nd Floor
Thursday, November 1st 10:00am – 5:00pm Email erussell@usw.orgto schedule 2nd Floor
5:00 – 8:00pm Hosted by USW Officer, TBA 2nd Floor
Friday, November 2nd 10:00am – 5:00pm Email erussell@usw.orgto schedule 2nd Floor
Saturday, November 3rd 9:00am – 1:00pm Canvassing, Hosted by AFLCIO in 1st Floor Lobby 1st Floor
Sunday, November 4th Off
Monday, November 5th 10:00am – 5:00pm Email erussell@usw.orgto schedule 2nd Floor
5:00 – 8:00pm Hosted by USW Officer, TBA 2nd Floor
Tuesday, November 6th 9:00am – ???? Email erussell@usw.orgto schedule 2nd Floor

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