USW 1688 UNION MEETINGS FOR ALL MEMBERS ARE HELD ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 4:30 pm, at the Union Hall in the Upstairs Conference Room.
May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
SOAR MEETINGS FOR RETIREES ARE HELD ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 1:30 pm, at the Union Hall in the Upstairs Conference Room. DATES ARE:
May 1, NO MEETINGS IN JUNE, JULY, AUGUST. September 4, October 2, November 6 and Demember 4.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS AND RETIRED MEMBERS!
Did you know that The Local Union is under contract with American Income Life Insurance Co. for a benefit that is payable to a member or his/her spouse, in the event of the member's death, or their spouse's death, as the result of an accident? Here's how it works
If a Member dies as the result of an accident in or out of work, his beneficiary will receive $2000. If the Member's spouse dies as the result of an accident, the Member receives $1000. This benefit is for all active and retired members. Call the Union Hall: 717-939-9366 and get more information if you or a member you know may be eligible for this payment. The start date of this benefit is September 26, 2007 to present.
USW International Office 412-562-2400
IMPORTANT NUMBERS FOR ALL STEELWORKERS
USW District Ten Office 412-824-8140
USW Sub District Office, Harrisburg 717-232-0805
USW Sub District Office, Valley Forge 610-631-8170 / 800-362-7961
USW Local Union 1688 717-939-9366
USW Local Union 1688 Fax 717-939-1452
USW Local Union 1688 Website usw1688-iwabelhall.com
VISIT US ON FACEBOOK: USW1688
UNITED STEELWORKERS . LOCAL UNION 1688
200 Gibson Street Steelton, Pa 17113
Phone: 717-939-9366 . Fax: 717-939-1452 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Hello Brothers and Sisters of my wonderful Union !! I have recently attended a Central Labor Council meeting and I walked away scared for our future. Our Government is after our lives, trying to get more taxes out of us to support the state that should be supporting itself. They want to sell the State Liquor stores, and the State Lottery. The state employees’ pensions and the prevailing wage in the state are important issues. There are so many issues with the Government it’s scary. We, as Steelworkers have to fight along with our fellow union Brothers and Sisters on these issues. Remember, crap flows downhill.
Locally, the community could use support with the Local Food Bank. Volunteers are always wanted for needy people in the area. The steelworker members working for the companies that our Local Union represent, don’t have much free time, but we do have a heart and feelings for those trying to make their lives better.
The Steelton-Highspire School District is trying to outsource their custodial employees and take away their pensions. With all the high-priced administration in the Steelton School District, why is the School board after the lowest paid people in the school district…to save what??? The Schools are acting like Big Business. They are teaching our youth how to file forms for public help, and teaching them how to take advantage of the little guy just to save face with the big boys. In my mind, their students should be taught fair play and the right thing to do in situations like this.
When I was younger, I was too busy to get involved. Since I’ve “grown up” I see the need for involvement with our communities and our labor groups. I am trying to get our younger members involved with the events going on in the area. Try not to be selfish, there is always a way to volunteer for something. Remember, if you think you have troubles, there is always someone who is worse off than you. Just “Words to the Wise”.
The tee shirt sales went well, thanks to all who participated and supported the sale. We do have some left, call the office 939-9366 if you’re interested.
I’m not very politically motivated, but lately I’m more interested than usual. I feel we all need to write to our Reps in support of our freedoms, not just for the political factor.
Ray Napoli, Pres.
USW Local Union 1688
The other day an employee was complaining about all the “talk about safety”, but it ends there. I said, “like what?” The employee told me of the complaining about tying off on the 69 crane trolley. The issue has been brought up and beat to death, and still nothing has been done.
Another time an accident occurred and it was written up that the action to be taken was to put Push-Pull Sticks wherever cables were being stored. Never happened.
What are we supposed to do? Keep repeating the message to Supervision until it gets done. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Management has to learn how to do what they say they are going to do.
Also, there are employees who are not reporting accidents. Make life easier for all involved and report all accidents, no matter how small. You are allowed to sign off treatment, but it’s not advisable to fluff it off all of the time.