United Steelworkers Local 9460

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 The Senate is attempting to force through another terrible healthcare bill by the end of next week, while sidelining bipartisan efforts to improve coverage. This bill will impact nearly every American, and it could be voted on before the official review by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is even complete. That assessment gives us an indication of the real impact to citizens, overall healthcare costs, and resulting potential impact to the economy. This is a disastrous approach to lawmaking. Read more >>>

 The Local receives many inquiries from members asking if they can have a Union Steward attend a meeting they have scheduled with their supervisor. There are 2 ways in which you have the right to have a Union Steward attend a meeting with you: Read more >>>

 Crack, Crack, Crack, Crackle, WAMMM!!!  A bolt of lightning slams to earth near your home.  It not only shakes your house (and nerves,) it strikes a nearby transformer and renders you powerless.  Your lights, television, computer, refrigerator, and cell phone charger suddenly become lifeless.  The first thought is you pause, waiting for the familiar tone of the important electronics in your life reseting and coming back to life.  But after a few minutes, then a few hours, and heaven forbid, the remainder of the day, the power remains disabled.  As you are suddenly forced to go about your life without  your everyday conveniences, you suddenly understand how much you take that unassuming everyday flow of electricity for granted.  And now, you just cant wait for it to return and allow you to get back to your normal and comfortable life. Read more >>>

 Karen Silkwood was a union martyr. She died trying to protect the health and safety of her fellow workers. She died on Nov. 13, 1974, while en route to a meeting with New York Times reporter David Burnham. She was bringing him documents proving that her company, Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corp., had falsified quality control records of nuclear fuel rods. Read more >>>

 My name is Steven Plasa, and I was elected as Unit President this spring when our company, Midwest Medical Equipment and Supplies, ratified our first contract after a year and a half of negotiations. Also known as Essentia Health Medical Equipment and Supply, the company now has three branches in Duluth, Virginia and Fargo as of June 2017. Only Duluth has a union contract. Read more >>>

 Hello, my name is Jackie Liebel. As a recently appointed Trustee, I would like to provide a quick introduction to myself. In the past I have served as a Guard and a Trustee, and have held the position of Green Book unit Recording Secretary and Steward for several years. I have worked at Essetia Health Hermantown for 27 years. My current position is Neighborhood Service Assistant. I am married and have one grown son. We love to spend time with family and friends, especially during the summer months at our lake place. Read more >>>

 I am the new Green Book unit president. I thought I would tell you a little about myself. I have worked at Essentia for 33 years. I am currently a Orthopedic Surgery Scheduler. I first got involved with the union by becoming a steward and getting elected as the Outer Guard. And before I became the unit president, I was the union treasurer. Read more >>>

 Back on May 20, Local 9460 hosted an educational conference at the Labor Temple called “Stop Domestic Abuse—On and Off the Clock.”

The goal of the conference was to learn about the pervasiveness of domestic violence and its causes, as well as to brainstorms way that we as a union can help make sure that our workplaces and communities are safe places.

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In February Midwest Medical Equipment and Supplies ratified their first contract and become member of the Steelworkers and part of 9460. The main office is located at the Airport Park, they are a part of Essentia Health with approximately 50 employees. The work with patients in need of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, medical supplies and orthotics. Read more >>>

 On May 20th our union is hosting a day long conference on stopping domestic violence, on and off the clock. The event is free, and open to all members of United Steelworkers Local 9460. Read more >>>

 Mother Jones worked tirelessly for economic justice. Her opponents called her the “most dangerous woman in America,” for her success in organizing miners and their families against wealthy mine owners. Read more >>>

 The first day of the convention was opened by our International President Leo Gerard with a tribute to the USW’s 75 years of fighting for workers. The USW is a diverse union with members in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Gerard said the union faces challenges in fighting to maintain jobs, supporting middle class wages and benefits, and fightin against corporate greed. He urged union members to run for office at every level of government in the countries they reside in, and that the USW is there to help on all levels. Read more >>>

He stands off beside the stage, wearing a suit and tie, neatly trimmed beard, mostly gray hair, and wire rimmed glasses. The muscles of his face are tight and he is about to pounce--launch into his speech. He is Charlie Kernaghan the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. Charlie Kernaghan starts to explain: "This is a picture of a kid from Bangladesh who's sewn stuff for Disney" and then he shouts---"SHE MAKES 17 CENTS AN HOUR. DO THE MATH!" Read more >>>

 I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Kathy Wauzynski and I am taking over the unit chair position at Hibbing Clinic. I was appointed in January to replace Sue Pierce. I’m a Medical Lab Technician at the Hibbing Clinic and have worked there for 19 years. I have three daughters that are all grown up, which is part of the reason I decided to take this position. I like to stay busy and look forward to the challenge of this new endeavor. Read more >>>

Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union activist Karen Silkwood was killed while exposing health and safety violations at a Kerr-McGee nuclear plant in Oklahoma. Her car went off the road when she was on her way to deliver documents to a New York Times reporter. Silkwood's courageous actions brought to light serious health and safety problems at nuclear plants. Read more >>>

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