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Labor rights need to be at the forefront of NAFTA talks, assert leaders of the United Steelworkers and the United Autoworkers. In a joint statement on Oct. 12, United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard and USW Canadian National Director Ken Neumann challenged negotiators to craft a NAFTA agreement that "will raise standards, ensure they are enforced and provide growth and opportunity for workers in all three countries."



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USW Leaders Comment on NAFTA Issues

Monday, 21 August 2017 14:57

The United States and Canadian leaders of the United Steelworkers released a joint statement on Wednesday advocating NAFTA rules-of-origin, strong labor and environmental rights.

United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard and Canadian National Director Ken Neumann urge strengthening regional rules-of-origin for autos, auto parts and manufactured products, including requirements for melting and pouring steel and aluminum within the NAFTA region. Correction of labor and environmental weaknesses that lead to the exploitation of workers in Mexico is needed, as well as protecting all NAFTA workers from unfair trade practices outside the region, they say.



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USW President Reacts to NAFTA Renegotiation

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:57

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard says the Trump administration's objectives for NAFTA don't go far enough.

In a statement following publication of the objectives by the U.S. Trade Representative, Gerard said that although the USW has long supported renegotiation of NAFTA, protection for workers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico has been supplanted by corporate interests.

USW President Reacts to NAFTA Renegotiation

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:13

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard says the Trump administration's objectives for NAFTA don't go far enough.

In a statement following publication of the objectives by the U.S. Trade Representative, Gerard said that although the USW has long supported renegotiation of NAFTA, protection for workers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico has been supplanted by corporate interests.



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The saga of Essar Steel Algoma is continuing with a new wrinkle in its attempt to emerge from insolvency protection.

The company was granted an extension to its debtor-in-possession financing on Monday, pushing the maturity date to March 21, 2018. USW Local 2724, which represents the salaried employees at Algoma, now wants MAGA Steel Corp to be allowed to bid against the DIP lenders for acquisition of the company. Algoma has pressed to finish negotiations with the lenders and close a transaction by September.



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New home sales reached an 8-month high as the spring season brought out new buyers. Sales of new single-family homes rose 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 621,000 in March. The rate is 15.6 percent above the March 2016 estimate, according to the US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development.



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PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers (USW) today issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order to promote Buy American/Hire American:

"The United States has laws on the books that promote the utilization of domestic materials and equipment when federal tax dollars are expended for certain projects. Taxpayers want their tax dollars used to promote domestic employment and production. Unfortunately, contractors often try to avoid the law through loopholes to buy cheap and often substandard foreign products like many from China. The result has been fewer jobs and less production here in the United States.



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Algoma Union Calls for Strike Vote

Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:09

USW Local 2251 at Essar Steel Algoma has called a strike vote for Tuesday, February 28. The union says it has no choice after withdrawing a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and accepting that the collective agreement contract expired on July 31, 2016.



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Algoma Union Calls for Strike Vote

Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:04

USW Local 2251 at Essar Steel Algoma has called a strike vote for Tuesday, February 28. The union says it has no choice after withdrawing a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and accepting that the collective agreement contract expired on July 31, 2016.

Another complication has hit Essar Steel Algoma in its efforts to restructure and pull its way out of CCAA protection. The United Steelworkers Local 2251 has been offered a new contract that asks hourly workers to accept a 10 percent wage cut, elimination of cost of living increases, and cuts to paid vacations. The local union president says a strike vote is likely.



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