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Steelworkers Summer 2007

What is Steelworkers’ Summer 2007?

Steelworkers’ Summer is an educational and training internship in which participants develop skills useful for union organizing by experiencing firsthand the kinds of struggles workers face while trying to win a voice at work. It is also designed to give participants an understanding and appreciation of the positive impact the union has had on their parents’ working lives.

Internships are open to young adults, 18 years of age or older. Selection preference is given to children of members of the United Steelworkers International Union.

Steelworkers’ Summer is committed to uniting students, workers, and community activists to bring about social justice through work place and community organizing.

What kinds of qualifications are needed to participate in Steelworkers’ Summer?

Applicants should have a strong commitment to social and economic justice, as well as openness to working with a broad cross section of people. This includes people of various races, et…

One Strong Voice

USW, Weirton Independent Union Sign Merger Agreement

In the Bible, Jeremiah 29, verse 11 offers a message of optimism: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Members of the former Independent Steelworkers Union say the message reflects how they feel now that they are members of the United Steelworkers. Leaders from the unions met Friday in Pittsburgh to sign a merger agreement.

The ISU and its 1,150 members at Arcelor-Mittal’s Weirton, W.Va., mill are now USW Local 2911, named for the Bible verse.

“When you read it, it’s hope for the future,” said Mark Glyptis, former president of the 56-year-old ISU and now president of the new USW local. “We certainly believe this gives (our members) hope.”

Glyptis said he and his members were elated about the merger, approved 913-89 by ISU members last month. It means workers can speak with one voice in bargaining with Mittal, the world’s largest steel company.

“It’s a hi…

United Steelworkers POWERcast

Everyone that has internet access on their home computer should have the program iTunes installed. Everyone.
If you don’t have iTunes, you can download it free by going to
You can receive free automatic downloads of the Powercast through itunes.
Please do our union a big favor.
If you have iTunes, or once you have it downloaded and installed on your computer, search for Steelworkers POWERcast in the iTunes music store, subscribe to it, and post a favorable review.
If we would all do this, the POWERcast would be featured in the podcast section and would entice more people into accessing the POWERcast through iTunes.
If we can get it more prominently displayed, more people outside the union might listen.
While you’re at it, how about subscribing to the Steelworkers SOAR Podcast by going to