USW Decries Trump-Incited Violence

Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, 412-562-2444,


PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) union issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

President Donald Trump spent the last four years stoking the flames of division, feeding a constant stream of deliberate misinformation to his base and openly attacking the basic tenets of American democracy. His focus has been his own self-interest and not on the preservation of our nation or his constitutional duties as the president.  

Yesterday, his inflammatory rhetoric finally culminated in a group of his misguided supporters storming the U.S. Capitol, and putting the lives of government leaders and workers at risk. 

Tragically, four people are now dead as a result of this unpatriotic attack, and America is left to pick up the pieces in the wake of domestic terrorism he has spurred.

The USW is repulsed by this episode and this president, but we are determined to do everything we can to protect our republic and ensure President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s peaceful transition to the White House on Jan. 20. As a free and independent labor movement, we can never stand by and watch a demagogue tear down our institutions and rights as Americans. 

The nation is not Donald Trump’s private playground. 

The people have spoken, as they do every four years, and it is time to move forward rebuilding our country on a firm foundation of equality, justice, and peace. 

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.


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Communications Director:
Jess Kamm at 412-562-2446

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Editor R.J. Hufnagel

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Call USW Communications at 412-562-2442

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United Steelworkers
Communications Department
60 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222