United Steelworkers

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United Steelworkers is the common name for the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union. It has diversified considerably beyond the original metalworking trades, to include occupations as diverse as nurses' aides and taxi drivers, to represent 1.2 million workers. Its president is Leo Gerard.

Since 2005, it has absorbed the American Flint Glass Workers, the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada (IWA), the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE), the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (Canada), and other smaller independent unions.

They were strong supporters of Barack Obama during the campaign, and encourage him to speak strongly to the Chinese during his November 2009 visit.[1]

The union designated Carolyn Bartholomew, Chairman, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, as a director of Kaiser Aluminum.


  1. Robert Borosage (12 November), Tripping in China: Barack Obama’s Challenge, Campaign for America's Future