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November 4, 1996


A 28-month-long strike by rubber workers against Bridgestone-Firestone over the company’s demands for huge wage and benefit concessions and elimination of union protections ends with the rehiring of all former strikers, a wage increase, and all but one of the workers’ demands. A coordinated global campaign put pressure on the company by publicizing its pollution record, its workplace safety and health violations, and its lack of civic responsibility.

September 18, 2000

Rusty padlock and chain on gates of closed automobile plant

A two-year strike by and subsequent lockout of 2,900 workers represented by the United Steelworkers at five Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends following binding arbitration. At issue were wages and benefits, contracting out work, and job cuts, among others. It was the longest and largest lockout in the history of the union.

March 12, 2004


Rocky Mountain Steel Mills steelworkers in Pueblo, Colorado, approve a settlement, ending a six year-long strike, the longest in the union’s history. The settlement included back pay, returning workers to the positions they held in the mill before the strike, and pension improvements.

May 22, 1942


Delegates to the Steel Workers Organizing Committee convention in Cleveland, OH, form the United Steelworkers of America and elect Philip Murray, SWOC chair, as the international’s first president.

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