Steelworkers

IG Metall union demands state involvement at German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 20 October 2020

The billions in state funds being called for are aimed not at saving jobs, but preserving the fortunes of the big shareholders.

One-day nationwide strike against South African ANC government

By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2020

The mass walkout is part of a broader wave of struggles by workers in recent months that have seen repeated actions by healthcare workers, municipal workers, bus drivers, teachers and workers in meat processing plants, steel works and warehouses.

Cleveland-Cliffs announces takeover of ArcelorMittal’s US operations

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 October 2020

The announced deal will position Cleveland-Cliffs as the top producer of flat-rolled steel and iron ore pellet in North America and intensify the restructuring of the global steel industry.

United Steelworkers isolate steelworker strike near Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 1 October 2020

The USW is preparing to betray the 450 workers who have been on strike against NLMK since August 22.

Build an independent action committee to defend jobs and wages!

Union suppresses criticism of job cuts at German steel producer ThyssenKrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 September 2020

Major corporations, banks and hedge funds are using the pandemic to launch attacks on wages and jobs worked out long before the crisis.

ArcelorMittal lays off hundreds of steelworkers in Indiana, Ohio

By George Gallanis, 4 August 2020

The layoffs in Indiana and Ohio are part of an ongoing global assault on steelworkers’ jobs.

Fourth steelworker in three years dies at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago, Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 24 July 2020

ArcelorMittal is seeking to offset financial setbacks from the pandemic by increasing the exploitation of its global workforce.

Dutch unions sell out three-week strike against steel layoffs

By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 20 July 2020

Tata Steel has revived its long-standing “reorganisation plans,” exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to eliminate an estimated 1,250 to 3,000 jobs.

Bath Iron shipyard workers face stepped-up attacks as strike continues

By Shannon Jones, 4 July 2020

Management is mobilizing additional strikebreakers as the walkout by 4,300 workers at the Bath Iron Works heads toward its third week.

US Steel lays off 2,700 workers, threatens to cut one-third of its production workforce

By Samuel Davidson, 4 May 2020

The Pittsburgh-based steel company sent out notices of potential layoffs to 6,500 in a devastating blow to workers, their families and communities.

Steel mills close and layoffs mount throughout the United States

By Samuel Davidson, 24 April 2020

Never before in history has demand for steel evaporated so quickly. Demand has almost ceased to exist as tens of millions of workers have been thrown out of work.

Mounting opposition among German health care, industrial workers

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2020

The German government has implemented a bailout program for major companies and banks, but health care and industrial workers are forced to work under catastrophic conditions.

UK steel unions smooth way for job losses and givebacks ahead of British Steel buyout

By Barry Mason, 13 February 2020

The Community, Unite and GMB unions at British Steel are operating as the corporation’s partners in pushing though job cuts, speed-ups and rationalisation.

UAW isolates striking metal workers near Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 31 January 2020

Striking metal workers, now nearing five months on the picket line, are being isolated by the United Auto Workers as management continues to hire strikebreakers to continue production.

Over 1,500 steelworkers to lose their jobs as US Steel announces idling of Great Lakes Works outside of Detroit

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 December 2019

The attack on steel industry jobs is part of a worldwide assault on manufacturing jobs and wages as corporations seek to restructure in advance of a looming recession.

Illinois steelworker killed on the job, police launch investigation

By Jacob Crosse, 5 October 2019

Police and government officials are investigating the death Adrian Gomez, 26, husband and father of two, who was killed when he became trapped in machinery.

One hundred years since the Great Steel Strike

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2019

The Great Steel Strike of 1919 and its defeat hold crucial strategic lessons for workers as they enter into struggle.

IG Metall plays treacherous role in the Riva steelworkers strike

By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2019

The allies of striking Riva workers are not union officials but workers across Germany and internationally that are facing similar attacks.

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group covers for Steelworkers’ betrayal of ABI workers

By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019

Fightback’s miserable apologetics for the union bureaucracy goes hand in hand with its promotion of Quebec nationalism.

US Steel to lay off 150 workers in Indiana as Trump administration escalates trade war

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 August 2019

The announcement of the layoffs in East Chicago follows US Steel’s declaration earlier this month that up to 200 workers will lose their jobs at its Great Lakes Works facility outside Detroit.

US Steel announces up to 200 layoffs at Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, Michigan

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 August 2019

The recent layoffs in suburban Detroit serve to shatter any illusion that workers' jobs and living standards can be protected through trade war measures.

ArcelorMittal and state officials hid news of Indiana chemical spill

By Jessica Goldstein, 19 August 2019

Despite the posturing of local politicians, ArcelorMittal will likely receive no more than a slap on the wrist for its reckless polluting of the environment.

Electrical worker killed at pipe mill in Western Pennsylvania

By Samuel Davidson, 26 July 2019

Forty-six-year-old David Bupp was electrocuted last Wednesday while repairing a piece of equipment at a small steel pipe manufacturing plant north of Pittsburgh.

Talks continue after workers at Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in Oregon vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 July 2019

With a possible strike date of August 1, the United Steel Workers and management are maneuvering to impose a new round of concessions on workers.

18-month lockout at aluminum plant ends

Quebec ABI workers’ struggle betrayed by United Steelworkers Union

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 July 2019

The unions isolated the workers at ABI and collaborated with the corporation to impose a defeat that will be used to attack working conditions throughout the industry.

Germany: Riva steelworkers in Trier and Horath on strike for four weeks

By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2019

Workers are fighting against the wage dumping of parent company Riva Stahl, which is trying to pit them against the rest of the workforce to force down wages.

Quebec: Alcoa issues ultimatum to locked-out ABI workers

By Keith Jones, 2 July 2019

The United Steelworkers Union has refused to make any public comment on Alcoa’s ultimatum, let alone coupled an emphatic call for it to be rejected with an appeal for workers across North America to come to the ABI workers’ defence.

Quebec: ABI lockout in its 18th month

By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2019

Having isolated the ABI workers and promoted the lie that Quebec’s right-wing premier would come to their aid, the union is now turning to Québec Solidaire to give it a “left” cover.

As Trump ramps up trade war, US Steel to idle three blast furnaces in the US and Europe

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 June 2019

Because of the furnace shutdowns, hundreds or even thousands of workers could eventually lose their jobs worldwide.

Former ArcelorMittal steelworker speaks out on safety conditions and union repression

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2019

ArcelorMittal and the USW union work together to prevent safety hazards from being addressed so as not to cut into profit margins.

Aluminum workers vote to strike Arconic-Alcoa

By Steve Filips, 3 June 2019

Nearly 5,000 aluminum workers voted to strike after the United Steelworkers union extended their contract.

Management demands cuts to healthcare and pensions

United Steelworkers forcing 6,100 Alcoa and Arconic workers to work without a contract

By Steve Filips, 25 May 2019

Over 6,100 United Steelworkers members at Alcoa and Arconic are being told to continue working without a contract while the company prepares to bring in scabs in the event of a strike.

Collapse of British Steel threatens 25,000 jobs

By Robert Stevens, 22 May 2019

The trade unions and Labour Party have responded to the threat to jobs at British Steel with a predictable outburst of nationalist demagogy.

Quebec premier backs ABI in extorting massive concessions from locked-out workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 April 2019

Legault’s pro-company bullying underscores the utter bankruptcy of the strategy of the USW, which has isolated the ABI workers while urging them to put their faith in appeals to Quebec right-wing CAQ government.

Another steelworker killed at ArcelorMittal in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019

Fleming’s death is the 392nd to occur at the mill, which has operated since 1902.

Quebec: USW proposes further rollbacks, after locked-out ABI workers reject derisory company offer

By Laurent Lafrance, 30 March 2019

It is the Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI aluminum workers’ anti-concessions struggle that has emboldened Alcoa to repeatedly escalate its demands.

Australian unions try to push through another sellout deal at BlueScope steel

By Martin Scott, 13 March 2019

Working hand-in-hand with BlueScope management, the Australian Workers Union claimed that the fate of the multi-billion dollar company depended on “sacrifices” being made by its employees.

Australia: BlueScope steelworkers vote to strike at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2019

The Australian Workers Union is trying to isolate the workers and impose a sell-out enterprise agreement.

As one-year anniversary of lockout approaches

Alcoa intensifies attack on Quebec ABI workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 4 January 2019

The United Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI workers’ anti-concessions struggle has encouraged management to escalate its takeaway demands.

Steelworker killed at plant in Granite City, Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 December 2018

The death of Roy Evans at American Steel Foundry is an indictment of cost-cutting by the corporations and the complicity of the unions.

United Steelworkers push through sellout contract at ArcelorMittal

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 December 2018

Two weeks after pushing through the same concessions contract at US Steel, the United Steelworkers forced through a sellout deal on steelworkers at ArcelorMittal USA.

USW pushes through US Steel sellout, prepares the same for ArcelorMittal workers

By Samuel Davidson, 20 November 2018

After suffering a three-year wage freeze in the last contract, steelworkers will get an average of a one percent raise in real wages over the next four years due to inflation.

Worker injured in explosion at ArcelorMittal steel mill in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 November 2018

The United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have remained silent on the injury of a worker at the largest steel mill in North America.

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal announce booming profits, the United Steelworkers pushes sellout deals

By our reporters, 3 November 2018

In the midst of a huge profit bonanza, unions like the USW, working on behalf of corporate management, are shamelessly telling workers it is they who must give back.

“Conditions are worse today than they were 40 years ago”

Pittsburgh-area workers speak out on USW sellout deal with US Steel

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2018

The WSWS Steelworker Newsletter spoke to workers at a shift change at the US Steel Edgar Thompson plant in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

By the WSWS Steelworker Newsletter, 22 October 2018

Form rank-and-file committees to mobilize all steelworkers in a common fight!

Quebec: Nine-month lockout continues, as talks at Alcoa’s ABI smelter collapse

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 October 2018

Confident that the Steelworkers union will continue to leave the ABI workers to fight alone, the aluminum bosses have repeatedly upped their concession demands.

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

Rank-and-file steelworkers must begin to mobilize now to demand time to study and discuss the full contract before any vote on this latest sellout deal.

As union ignores strike authorization votes

Tubing company locks out steelworkers in Trenton, Georgia

By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2018

The United Steelworkers continues to force US Steel and ArcelorMittal workers to stay on the job, despite unanimous strike votes.

United Steelworkers union pushes concessions at US iron ore producer Cleveland Cliffs

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2018

The United Steelworkers is seeking to push through a concessions contract with Cleveland-Cliffs that will set a precedent for cutting healthcare and keeping wages stagnant.

Niles Niemuth brings Socialist Equality Party congressional campaign to US Steel workers in suburban Detroit

By our reporter, 2 October 2018

Niles addressed the issues confronting steelworkers, who have not had pay raises in years and face constant speedup and dangerous work conditions.

United Steelworkers union claims it is preparing to strike ArcelorMittal

By Jessica Goldstein, 28 September 2018

After a unanimous vote to authorize a walkout, pressure is growing from rank-and-file workers to launch the first national strike since 1986.

United Steelworkers block strike of US steelworkers

By Samuel Davidson, 15 September 2018

Ignoring the demands of their members, the USW leadership reopened talks with the steelmaker this week.

Thousands of rank-and-file US Steel workers cast unanimous votes to strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2018

Workers at US Steel mills in Indiana, Pennsylvania and other states voted unanimously to strike in order to oppose the steelmaker’s demands for historic givebacks.

“We have to stand up and show we are not going to take this anymore”

US Steel workers rally in Pittsburgh area

By our reporting team, 31 August 2018

Steelworkers rallying outside of the Clairton Works spoke to the WSWS about their determination to fight US Steel’s concession demands.

Steelmakers in US demand historic concessions as contracts for 31,000 workers set to expire

By Samuel Davidson, 31 August 2018

With US Steel and Arcelor demanding deep givebacks, the United Steelworkers union has made it clear it is opposed to any strike.

The death of Ed Sadlowski and the demise of trade union reformism

By Shannon Jones, 19 June 2018

The failure of the reform movement headed by Sadlowski in the United Steelworkers and similar efforts in other unions foundered on the conflict between the needs of workers and the pro-capitalist program to which the unions are wedded.

Turkish employers grant pay raises in hopes of appeasing metalworkers

By Halil Celik, 2 February 2018

With social tensions growing along with opposition to the Turkish invasion of Syria, the employers association granted a 24.6 percent wage increase to 130,000 metalworkers.

Worker exposes deadly conditions at Detroit area US Steel mill

By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2017

A steelworker describes on Facebook the callous response of both management and the United Steelworkers to the exposure of a group of crane operators to a deadly gas.

Latest cuts plan at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe threatens 4,000 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 April 2017

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has adopted a new program of jobs and cost cutting aimed at slashing €500 million over the next three years.

The United Steelworkers, Wilbur Ross and economic nationalism

By Evan Winters, 14 December 2016

The USW has a long history of collaborating with billionaire asset stripper Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary.

Contract worker killed at Indiana steel mill

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 November 2016

The death of a contract truck driver at ArcelorMittal in Burns Harbor, Indiana, highlights the deadly consequences of the corporate cost-cutting drive backed by the unions.

UK: Dalzell steelworks reopened by commodities trader Liberty House Group

By Stephen Alexander, 10 October 2016

The plant has been reopened with just 120 staff, little over half of its former workforce.

Australian union imposes 10 percent pay cut on steelworkers

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 October 2016

The Australian Workers Union is playing the central role in the destruction of the jobs, wages and conditions of steelworkers.

Worker killed at US Steel mill in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 October 2016

The death of Jonathan Arrizola comes amid a wave of layoffs at the US Steel mill in Gary, Indiana and rising complaints over unsafe conditions.

The United Steelworkers, economic nationalism and the US drive to war

By Evan Winters and Jerry White, 10 August 2016

The USW's calls for tariffs against “foreign steel” and its nationalist agitation against China are aimed at dragooning workers into supporting US imperialism’s preparations for war.

Australia: BlueScope suing steel union over one-day strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016

The legal action against the Australian Workers Union is aimed at intimidating steelworkers hostile to the conditions imposed by the company-union deal last year.

Half of ArcelorMittal workers abstain as USW pushes through concessions deal

By Evan Winters, 27 June 2016

The deal paves the way for an accelerated attack on the jobs, wages, health and retiree benefits of workers at the US facilities owned by the world’s largest steelmaking company.

US steelworkers continue voting on ArcelorMittal contract

By Evan Winters, 17 June 2016

The limited information released by the company and the USW makes clear this is a major betrayal that attempts to shift the crisis of the steel industry onto the backs of workers.

Steel producers summit threatens stepped-up trade war against China

By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2016

The focus of the Brussels summit on the global steel crisis was “promoting structural adjustment” through job losses, deregulation and trade war measures against China.

Economic nationalism and the global steel crisis

By Nick Beams, 14 April 2016

The program of economic nationalism promoted by the steel bosses, political leaders and the trade union bureaucrats leads to depression and ultimately war.

UK: Unions work with asset stripper to impose cuts at Tata Steel

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2016

Plants will be taken over only on condition that wages, conditions and pension rights are decimated.

ATI steelworkers in US return to work

By Evan Winters, 12 April 2016

The contract approved March 1 after a seven-month lockout, essentially reduces workers to the status of casual laborers, completely at the mercy of the company.

Defend jobs in the steel industry!

For international workers’ unity, not national unity with the corporations!

the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 9 April 2016

The only way to fight the destruction of tens of thousands of steel jobs in the UK and Germany is a struggle for the international unity of the working class.

European steel workers face massive attacks on jobs and pensions

By Dietmar Henning, 8 April 2016

The proposed merger of Tata Steel and the steel division of Thyssen Krupp would be accompanied by an assault on jobs and pensions in the European steel industry.

Thousands of jobs threatened by Australian steel company collapse

By Mike Head, 8 April 2016

Steelworkers in Australia, like those around the world, are being made to pay for a colossal breakdown in the world capitalist economy.

Labour Party and unions mount nationalist campaign over UK steel industry

By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2016

The position of Labour and the unions is based on developing protectionist measures to defend what they view as an industry critical to the interests of British imperialism.

Forty thousand jobs threatened as Tata Steel announces end of UK operations

By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2016

Neither Labour leader Corbyn nor the trade union bureaucracy proposes any struggle by steel workers in defence of their jobs.

Steel workers strike in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 March 2016

Striking steel workers at ArcelorMittal in the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas are demanding the rehiring of laid-off workers.

US steel union hails Obama trade war measures

By Shannon Jones, 10 March 2016

Predictably, the USW showered praise on the Obama administration for measures targeting imported rolled steel.

United Steelworkers rams through sellout contract at ATI

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

USW-ATI contract imposes health care and pension cuts, casualized labor

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

USW agrees to sellout deal to end ATI lockout

By Evan Winters, 25 February 2016

The United Steelworkers union and Allegheny Technologies Inc. have announced a tentative agreement to end the six-month lockout of 2,200 workers.

Australia: BlueScope Steel profits leap on back of union-imposed job cuts

By Terry Cook, 23 February 2016

After the AWU and other unions helped impose savage cost cutting, the Australian steel manufacturer doubled its profits.

Arrium threatens to close Whyalla steelworks in South Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 February 2016

The Australian Workers Union, working hand in hand with the company, is preparing to impose another round of job cuts and attacks on working conditions.

Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

By Evan Winters, 17 February 2016

Half a year into the Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout, 2,200 workers in six states are set to lose their unemployment benefits.

Worker killed at Tonawanda Coke near Buffalo, NY

By Steve Filips, 13 February 2016

The employee died while working alone on or near a bucket elevator that was part of a coal conveyor at the Tonawanda Coke plant just north of Buffalo, New York.

United Steelworkers offers ArcelorMittal millions in concessions

By Evan Winters, 13 February 2016

With these concessions, the USW hopes to keep ArcelorMittal competitive by passing the burden of the crisis in the global steel industry onto the backs of workers.

“If the company gets away with this, they will do it with other workers”

Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose jobless benefits

By Evan Winters, 9 February 2016

The more than 2,000 steelworkers at ATI who have been locked out for nearly six months, isolated by the union, have already lost health care benefits.

Job losses mount in US steel and aluminum industries

Arcelormittal announces $8 billion loss

By Samuel Davidson, 8 February 2016

Manufacturers have posted record losses amid a massive fall in prices and continuing slump in domestic and world demand.

Italian steel work faces closure or sell-off

By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2016

On January 11, 500 steel workers occupied the city hall in Genoa to protest the likely loss of their jobs.

China announcing 400,000 steelworker job cuts

By Samuel Davidson, 1 February 2016

The steelworkers will lose their jobs, in line with plans to slash crude steel production capacity by between 100 million and 150 million tons.

Locked out ATI workers in US left isolated by United Steelworkers union

By Samuel Davidson, 28 December 2015

The USW's announcement of a federal unfair labor practice complaint against Allegheny Technologies Inc. is a stunt aimed at justifying the continued isolation of the workers.

United Steelworkers announces deal with US Steel

By Jerry White, 21 December 2015

The USW has reached a deal for a new three-year contract with US Steel that will accelerate the attack on 18,000 workers at the largest steel company in the United States.

US: Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers nears end of fourth month

By Samuel Davidson, 7 December 2015

US steelmakers are using the slump in demand and falling prices to push for massive concessions and the destruction of many thousands of jobs.

BlueScope praises Australian unions for pushing through job destruction at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2015

The company will now try to use the threat to close the steel plant to extract more cuts to wages and conditions.

Australian unions force through steel job cuts and wage freeze

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2015

A significant minority of workers rejected the company-union blackmail.

UK: Caparo steel workers sacked with immediate effect

By Danny Richardson, 18 November 2015

The steel unions, which moved rapidly to defuse any anger at the previous job cuts in the industry, have offered nothing to oppose the latest ones.

Australia: Growing opposition to union-company deal at Port Kembla steelworks

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 November 2015

The unions are seeking to intimidate workers into accepting 500 job cuts, a wage-freeze and an overhaul of working conditions.

Steelworkers’ union may cut strike pay for 2,200 locked-out workers

By Evan Winters, 11 November 2015

Locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. report that the USW is considering a plan to cut their grossly inadequate strike pay.