Local 3657 Women of Steel Give Back


A group of representatives from Local 3657’s Women of Steel (WOS) committee today handed out more than 200 “blessing bags” filled with toiletries to those in need.

The WOS committee coordinated the effort with the Red Door Program, a local charity affiliated with Saint Mary of Mercy Church in downtown Pittsburgh. The Red Door provides a bag lunch to more than 100 people each day, Monday through Saturday.

Many of the people who come for food also need help with personal care items, said Danielle Dindinger, a WOS member who helped distribute the blessing bags.

“The Red Door is just across the street from our office, and we see the people who come for meals every day,” said Dindinger. “We noticed a need, and we decided to help.”

The bags were filled with shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes, and other toiletries.

The local, which represents USW staff at the International headquarters and in the field, had a bucket drop to raise money to buy supplies, and the WOS committee spent the past month assembling the bags.

Rachel Nunes, who chairs the local’s WOS committee, said that homelessness and its root cause, a lack of access to affordable housing, is a big concern for the group. They’ve done similar drives in the past and plan to continue the work in the future.

“We’re working to build a relationship with the Red Door and other organizations, so we can continue to support the work that they do,” said Nunes. “We need community connections based on trust and mutual respect. It’s all well and good to do one-off things, but what we really need to do is address the underlying issues.”

New Sheriff in Town

Congratulations to Robin Sowards who was chosen unanimously by the Grievance Committee to be the new Grievance Chair. As per our BY-Laws, Robin now has the unenviable task of joining the rest of the top 5 in collective bargaining talks. Our next session will be on June 19th and 20th and we will likely discuss Heath Care among other things. The remaining members of the committee include; Joan Hill, Carolyn Stokes, and Jenny VanSchyndel. If you are in the field and have an issue, please contact your steward and they will guide you through the process. A full list of stewards is available on the home page of our site. If you happen to be in one of the Districts that do not have a steward get in touch with me. If you see Robin in the halls feel free to congratulate him.

Josh Keirsey



Local Election Nominations Open

Local 3657 elections will take place in April.  This message serves to notify members of Local 3657 about the nominations process for our Local Union.  Offices on the Local 3657 Executive Board, positions on the Grievance Committee, and District Stewards are up for election.

How To Nominate

In order to nominate someone, email Recording Secretary Lisa Nutter (lnutter@usw.org) and specify the member you are nominating as well as the office and/or position you are nominating him or her for.  You can also make a nomination from the floor or over the phone during this month’s membership meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at 12:30 PM (EST).  Nominations will not be accepted after this month’s Local Union meeting.

Members cannot accept nominations for more than one office on the Local 3657 Executive Board.  However, members can serve on the Executive Board and sit on the Grievance Committee and/or be a District steward (Grievance Committee members are not Local Union officers under the Local Union Elections Manual).  Members who work in the Districts and Washington, D.C., office shall only nominate and elect a steward for their respective District and office.  Please note that per the Local 3657 bylaws the meeting attendance rule shall not be enforced for this election.

Local 3657 Executive Board (officers)


Vice President

Recording Secretary

Financial Secretary






Inside Guard

Outside Guard


Grievance Committee (positions)

Grievance Committee – District

Grievance Committee – District

Grievance Committee – International Headquarters

Grievance Committee – International Headquarters

Grievance Committee – International Headquarters


District Stewards & Washington, D.C. (positions)

District 1

District 2

District 4

District 7

District 8

District 9

District 10

District 11

District 12

District 13

International Headquarters (Washington, D.C. office)



Holiday Party Wrap-Up!

Thanks to everyone at the headquarters who came out for the Local 3657 holiday party. Our 50/50 total was $250, leaving a jackpot of $125 for the winner. Aaron Hudson and Sabrina Liu were the winners, and they generously donated their winnings back to the Hecla local. That, along with $50 raised from the Trump piñata, brought our local’s total donation to $300.

We also loved seeing all of you in your Local 3657 gear. We even had folks out in the field send us some photos of their attire!

Thanks to everyone who participated, and happy holidays to all!