USW honors John Lewis this Black History Month

Contact: Chelsey Engel,, 412-212-8173

The United Steelworkers (USW) union released the following statement in honor of Black History Month:

“February is Black History Month, when we honor the often-neglected accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans. It is usually a time for celebration, but this year is bittersweet as we spend it without the trailblazing civil rights icon John Lewis.

“Lewis, who passed in July 2020, has been described as the greatest leader ever produced by the Civil Rights Movement. Not only was he a crusader for civil and human rights, he was also a friend to labor, and dedicated his life to getting into “Good Trouble” in the fight for justice and equality.

“This Black History Month, we honor our friend and brother, the late but never forgotten John Lewis. We are thankful for him and the legacy he left behind.

“May we commit to picking up his torch, and carrying it to light the path towards justice.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women 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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