Local Union 1899 Granite City, IL

Rapid Response/PAC



Goal is to Dismantle Labor Unions 

House Republicans plan to introduce a bill Wednesday that would institute right-to-work policies in the entire country if it became law, delivering a severe blow to the labor movement.

Right-to-work laws give workers the option to stop supporting unions while still enjoying the benefits of representation. There’s nothing new about such proposals being made in Washington ? what’s different now is the political climate, which should alarm labor unions and their allies.

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By Todd Frankel
Washington Post
December 15, 2014

GRANITE CITY, ILL. — The leather suitcase was filled with tiny booklets of different colors. Orange. Red. Brown. The collection of steelworker union contracts stretched back decades. Phil Chism kept them around for moments like this. He dug through the pile until he found a yellow one. The 1977 labor contract. That was the one he and Dan Simmons were hired under 36 years ago at the massive steel mill that still hums at the center of this Mississippi River town.
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We recognize that Washington and our state capitols do not change unless we speak out. 
Rapid Response is the Steelworkers' nonpartisan grassroots education, communication, and action program that provides the necessary structure to inform every USW member about pending legislation concerning labor and work-related issues. Rapid Response provides opportunity for all USW members to have a strong voice and an active part in the legislative activities that affect their daily lives and allows USW members to fight back on a daily basis on issues that affect them, their families, and their communities.

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