The United Steelworkers of America, a union that once symbolized American union might, began its own demise (and that of an American industry) with the Great Steel Strike of 1959. [more...]
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE STEELWORKERS At the right are links to Unfair Labor Practice charges (in PDF) filed in 2008 with the National Labor Relations Board. These charges have been filed by union members, companies, as well as other individuals against the union. Although the entire charge is public information, certain information has been crossed out as a courtesy to protect the names, addresses and telephone numbers of those individuals filing the charges.
There are very few other industries that have been as decimated by unionization than the U.S. steel industry—except, perhaps, the U.S. auto industry. To more closely examine how the Steelworkers' strikes have impacted companies and jobs, go here.
Amid an era globalization, as the U.S. steel industry's annihilation became more and more apparent, the United Steel-workers' survival as a union has rested in its ability to merge smaller unions into the Pittsburgh-based union creating a conglomer-ation of unions in many different industries. [more...]
Like many union bosses whose members are losing jobs, having wages cut, and homes foreclosed on, the Steelworkers' union bosses don't seem to be hurting for money, according to data on file with the U.S. Department of Labor. In fact, the USW had more than 600 individuals working out of its internation headquarters raking in more than $75k in 2007 [more...]
With the union's net assets nearly $189 million in the hole at the end of 2007, a large high-rise building as its international headquarters, a plush resort, and many other expenditures, the USW union bosses (unlike many of their unemployed members) don't seem to have tightened their belts. [more...]
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