United Steel Workers Locked Out

Because these workers are not receiving pay or benefits, anything that you can offer will go a long way toward supporting them and their families.

By Stephanie Thomas

United Steel Workers union members protest the worker lockout
United Steel Workers union members protest the worker lockout

Earlier this, week, I spent time with some very fine folks from the United Steel Workers Local 13-1. Since April 22nd, about 235 workers have been locked out of the Dow Chemical facility in Deer Park, with the company citing failed labor negotiations. The workers have not been receiving pay or benefits since that time.

Stephanie Thomas of Public Citizen with USW 13-1 President Lee Medley
Stephanie Thomas of Public Citizen with USW 13-1 President Lee Medley

One of the union leaders told me that even though the workers were willing to continue working until negotiations had been reached, the company still locked them out.

The union members are an important part of the workforce and they help ensure safe operations. With all the incidents that have happened over recent months along the ship channel, such as the ITC Disaster, safety needs to be a top concern.

The workers are asking for your support. They are receiving donations to help the impacted families.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Specific items needed are posted on the USW website.

Make donations in person to either union hall:

USW 13-1 North Union Hall (Located Near the DOW Facility)
311 Pasadena Blvd. Pasadena, TX 77506
Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM
* Please call if making a donation outside of these times: 713-473-3381

USW 13-1 South Union Hall
2327 Texas Avenue Texas City, TX 77590
Monday-Friday 1 PM-5 PM
* Please call if making a donation outside of these times: 409-945-2355

Because these workers are not receiving pay or benefits, anything that you can offer will go a long way toward supporting them and their families.

United Steel Workers union members protest the worker lockout
United Steel Workers union members protest the worker lockout