Resolution on Jan. 6 Insurrection

Members of USW Local 3657 today adopted the following resolution:

Resolution on the January 6 Insurrection

WHEREAS, United Steelworkers Local 3657, as a democratic institution, is wholly dedicated to the preservation and defense of democratic institutions in the United States, and,

WHEREAS, USW Local 3657 denounces and stands fully and resolutely against any and all white supremacists, fascist militias, neo-Nazis and all other avowed racists and far-right extremists and,

WHEREAS, the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, members of his family, his advisers, many of his supporters in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and countless other politicians, members of the media and citizens across the country repeatedly lied about and refused to accept the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election, and,

WHEREAS, these repeated lies were used to deliberately incite violent behavior among white supremacists, fascist militias, neo-Nazis and other supporters of the former president, culminating with the violent Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, which threatened the lives of hundreds of elected officials and workers, and,

WHEREAS, this violent insurrection was an attempted coup that resulted in the deaths of five Americans and serious injuries to numerous others and threatened the very foundations of our democracy and,

WHEREAS, the former president and his supporters have repeatedly failed to denounce the words and actions of white supremacists and others involved in this attempt to overthrow American democracy, who have since threatened further violence against American citizens and elected officials, so,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that USW Local 3657 calls on law enforcement to prosecute to the fullest extent possible all of the violent insurrectionists who were involved in planning, inciting and carrying out the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that USW Local 3657 calls on members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to expel any lawmakers found to have been involved in inciting or aiding the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and,

FINALLY,  NOW, BE IT RESOLVED that USW Local 3657 calls on all members of the U.S. Senate to vote to convict former President Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

ADOPTED, THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2021

Members Unanimously Adopt Resolution on the Defense of Our Democracy

The Local 3657 membership voted today to adopt the following resolution:

A Resolution on the Defense of Our Democracy

WHEREAS, United Steelworkers Local 3657 is committed to the defense of democratic rights and the institutions of democracy regardless of party affiliations in our nation;

WHEREAS, the current President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, have consistently refused to state publicly that he will respect the outcomes of the election and, in the case of his loss, concede the office of President;

WHEREAS, numerous public officials, including the President, have begun a concerted campaign of dismantling of key infrastructure, such as the U.S. Postal Service, engaged in clear acts of voter suppression and misinformation designed to sow mistrust in the integrity of our national elections;

WHEREAS, U.S. law requires voting results and Electoral College tallies to be completed and submitted to Congress by the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, and the new 2021 Congress to validate the results, we demand the Constitution be followed, requiring voters and not the courts, to determine election results.

WHEREAS, the President has failed, on multiple occasions, to denounce the activities of white supremacist and fascist militias and organizations that have stated desires to overthrow American democracy;

WHEREAS, a climate of political polarization has weakened the framework of democratic institutions in our nation, resulting in a diminished system of checks and balances to stand against the potential rise of a tyrant dictator;

WHEREAS, the Labor Movement and trade unions have played a proud and vital role in protecting democracy and opposing authoritarianism in many nations throughout the world;

WHEREAS, the extreme risk currently posed to the historic institutions of democracy in our nation may require more widespread and vigorous resistance than at any time in recent history;

WHEREAS, the most powerful tool of the Labor Movement in our history has been the power of the General Strike;

WHEREAS, united working people refusing to work across the nation have a greater power than any political machinations of aspiring despots;

THEREFORE, NOW BE IT RESOLVED that United Steelworkers Local 3657 stands firmly in opposition to any effort to subvert, distort, misrepresent or disregard the final outcome of the 2020 Presidential elections;

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that United Steelworkers Local 3657 calls on the Allegheny County Labor Council, National AFL-CIO, all of its affiliate unions, and all other labor organizations in the United States of America to prepare for and enact a general strike of all working people, if necessary, to ensure a Constitutionally mandated peaceful transition of power as a result of the 2020 Presidential Elections.

UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

Local 3657 Letter to Post-Gazette

The Local 3657 Executive Board sent the following letter today to the Chairman of the Post-Gazette in solidarity with the union workers there, who have overwhelmingly authorized a strike. Members are also encouraged to write their own letters of support if they choose.

Allan Block                                                                                                                   
Chairman, Block Communications Inc.
405 Madison Ave., Suite 2100
Toledo, Ohio 43604

August 21, 2020

Dear Mr. Block,

We are the leaders of the local union that represents 200 United Steelworkers staff members, many of whom live in the Pittsburgh area and read and subscribe to your newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

That’s why we write to you today – to urge you to settle a fair contract with the Post-Gazette’s union work force and avoid a costly, destructive and unnecessary strike.

The members of our union, USW Local 3657, rely on the quality, award-winning journalism produced and distributed by the union workers at the Post-Gazette, and we stand in solidarity with the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh – CWA Local 38061, and the other unions at your company, including Teamsters Local 211/205, Printing Pressmen GCIU Local 24M/9N, Pittsburgh Mailers Local 22-CWA and Pittsburgh Typographical Union #7-CWA.

These hard-working union members have bargained in good faith for three and a half years in an effort to reach a fair contract agreement with your company. In return, you have hired high-priced union-busting attorneys to attempt to break them. Yet, they have continued to devote their time and talents to producing some of the best journalism in the world, winning a 2019 Pulitzer Prize and being named Pennsylvania’s 2020 Newspaper of the Year.

In that same time period, your publication has failed to show the PG’s work force, or our community, the respect that both deserve. You have chosen to publish numerous offensive editorials, columns and cartoons, you have dismissed cherished local journalists with decades of experience and dedication to our city, and you have silenced the few minority voices on your staff during one of the most important civil and human rights movements of our lives.

In July, when you unilaterally imposed working conditions and illegally eliminated decades-old contract provisions, you pushed these workers to the brink of a completely avoidable strike. The Post-Gazette’s workers want nothing more than to reach a fair settlement and get back to the business of serving the city of Pittsburgh.

We call on you to immediately revoke your company’s unilateral contract changes, dismiss your union-busting attorneys, bargain a fair settlement with your work force, and restore the Post-Gazette to the place of decency and respect that it once held in our city.

Your workers are the heart of your company. We need them working for us, and we will stand with them for as long as it takes to achieve a fair and just contract settlement.

Sincerely,

USW Local 3657 Executive Board

2020 Scholarships Available

Local 3657 will be granting six (6) five-hundred-dollar ($500.00) scholarships to sons, daughters or legal wards of our active local union members for study at a college, university, trade school or other establishments offering post-secondary education.

All undergraduate and graduate students who qualify for the USW Social Insurance Program and have not previously been granted a Local Union 3657 Scholarship are eligible to participate in the drawing.

Please note on your entry if this would be an Academic or Technical Scholarship and the name of school or apprenticeship program your child will be attending. Entries should be mailed or e-mailed it to Carol Gehm (cgehm@usw.org), Local 3657 Recording Secretary, by Aug. 17.

Click below for the official letter from the Scholarship Committee.