"Since taking office in 2013, Rick Nolan has been a relentless advocate for us workers and our families," Ramirez said. "He's standing with us in the fight to save our jobs from subsidized and illegally dumped imports and stood with us through the past year of difficult contract negotiations during a time our industry was in crisis."
USW District 11 Assistant Director John Rebrovich said the congressman's efforts have saved good jobs that could have vanished without his support.
"Nolan's work on trade led to the recall of more than 1,000 union members from layoff," Rebrovich said, "and a $65 million commitment by Cliffs Natural Resources to invest in upgrades that will bolster the viability and sustainability of family supporting, community sustaining mining jobs for the next generation of Iron Range Steelworkers."
USW Local 6860 President Brian Zarn said his local, which represents workers at Cliffs ore mine in Eveleth, is proud to host a rally with the congressman.
"Because of his unabashed and outspoken support for our members, we are proud to stand with our congressman and present him with an award to recognize his commitment to our community," Zarn said, "not only because of his work on trade, but for leading the fight to equalize pay for women, among other important issues."
Rep. Nolan said that despite recently announced duties on certain steel products, the playing field is not yet level for American workers.
"Our hard work and the Obama administration's historic crackdown on illegally dumped foreign steel by China and other trade cheater nations have produced real results," Nolan said. "However, economic recovery on the Range is still a work in progress, and our efforts will continue until every miner is back at work and every mine is back producing at full capacity."
ATTN: Editors, Assignment Desk – Rally Friday – Speakers, Interviews, Award Presentation
Who: U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, USW members and elected union officials
What: Rally and award presentation to recognize Nolan's advocacy on trade and other issues important to working families
When: 3:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 16, 2016
Where: USW Local 6860 - 416 Pierce St., Eveleth, Minn.
More information, contact: John Rebrovich – (218) 744-2757; firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)