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September 11, 2007
 
USW Endorses Senator John Edwards
On Labor Day in Pittsburgh, our union announced its endorsement of Senator John Edwards for President. While all of the Democratic candidates in the field would be a major improvement over the current administration, Edwards is the best advocate for what workers need - a president willing to go to bat for them. Not only is John the most electable of the Democratic candidates, he is passionate about changing a broken political system that leaves millions of Americans without a voice in their government. He is right on our issues and as someone who grew up in a mill town, he clearly understands us.

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BC Forestry Workers Gain Environmental Support; Plan National Day of Action
Over the weekend, representatives from Canada's largest environmental group, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, took to the picket lines with our union outside the offices of Western Forest Products in Duncan, B.C. The organization believes in fair treatment of forestry workers, and believes that environmentalists and the USW can work toward sustainable logging practices. Some 7,000 USW forestry workers in Canada have been on strike since July 21 over issues of job safety and health. On average, 25 workers are killed each year in the coastal forestry industry of British Columbia. In August, we began a public awareness campaign in Canada that has spread to the U.S. We have targeted Home Depot stores because they carry product supplied by three of the companies that we are striking. The action continues every weekend as we build to a September 29 National Day of Action at over 100 Home Depot locations across North America. I urge all USW members to show their support by participating.

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USW Testifies on Need to Overhaul Corporate Bankruptcy Law  
Last week, USW Vice President Fred Redmond testified before a U.S. House subcommittee on the need for an overhaul of the corporate bankruptcy law to provide fairness for America's active and retired workers. Our union knows all too well what can happen under current laws when a company liquidates, including the termination of defined benefit pension and retiree insurance programs. Quite simply, Congress needs to reform bankruptcy laws to protect workers and retirees from being crushed by corporate reorganizations.

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Independent Audit Confirms Gomez's Innocence
The IMF released audit findings last week that refute the Mexican government charges that Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, general secretary of the National Union of Mine and Metalworkers (SNTMMSRM), misused a $55 million fund. It has long been the USW's contention that the Mexican government used falsified documentation as an excuse to remove a strong union leader from office. The USW, SNTMMSRM, AFL-CIO and the IMF are all calling on the government to drop all charges still pending against Gómez; to immediately release all frozen accounts belonging to Gómez and the union, and to prosecute in a court of law all those responsible in the corruption of documents and facts.

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USW-SCA Tissue: A Great Example of Respect and Cooperation in the Workplace
SCA Tissue North America was honored last week by American Rights at Work, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing democracy in the workplace. The group chose SCA for its cooperative labor-management relationship with the USW that empowers workers. Beyond joint committees throughout the organization, SCA agreed to an adoption of a neutrality agreement with the USW. By working together with our members, the company has produced one of the best safety records in the industry as well as an exemplary environmental record.

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Check out this week's POWERcast
This edition of POWERcast recaps a very special Labor Day when the United Steelworkers and United Mine Workers of America gave presidential candidate John Edwards a major boost. There's also a report on the first USW president who is being remembered with a bridge named in his honor.  And the Creep of the Week honors goes to government and corporate officials who are trying to spin their way out of an obvious crisis involving the health and safety of our children.

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