The Executive Board of USW Local 3657 extends its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of former USW District 10 Director John DeFazio, who passed away on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at the age of 80.
Director DeFazio was a friend and co-worker to many members of Local 3657 over the years, and also served for 12 years as director of our home district in Pennsylvania, District 10. He, like many members of our local union, called Western Pennsylvania home, and his dedication to his community and to the members of the USW was second to none.
Director DeFazio spent his life fighting for justice and fairness on behalf of working people. We owe him and his family a debt of gratitude for that work, and for inspiring us all to continue in that fight. Rest in power, Brother DeFazio.
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