USW Local 310L Des Moines, IA

We represent the hard-working employees of the Bridgestone-Firestone Agricultural Tire Plant in Des Moines, IA.

Brother Bill Campbell interviews President Steve Vonk and Brother Wilbur Wilson about the effort to rebuild the Local after the War of '94.

An election will be held at the May monthly membership meeting to elect the unfilled Guard position. Please view the attached posting for details.

Take Action

The Equality Act, which has been introduced multiple times before and previously passed the House in 2019, would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to explicitly prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and our Union supports it.

The Equality Act will take protection confirmed by the Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County and apply that same standard to other places where LGBTQ+ people face discrimination in their daily lives.  We know that LGBTQ+ Americans are still targeted heavily for harassment and discrimination in not just employment, but housing, credit, education, jury service, federally funded programs, and public spaces and services. The bill will also build on protections that already exist in laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and more.

Click "Take Action" to send an email to your Senators asking them to Pass the Equality Act!

The PRO Act is Back!


It’s time to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

The PRO Act passed the U.S. House on March 9 and is awaiting action in the Senate. Call and email Senators Grassley and Ernst today!

The PRO Act will:

  • Establish stronger and swifter remedies to stop employers from breaking the law.
  • Make companies recognize contractors as part of the collective bargaining process so they can no longer continue to whittle down our membership by subcontracting.
  • Ensure an employer reaches a first contract in a timely manner with a newly organized group of workers. No more dragging out first contracts.
  • Reverse so-called Right to Work, regardless of state laws.
  • Prohibit employers from forcing employees to attend anti-union meetings.
  • And much more!

Please help us build support by emailing your legislators today! Once you click "Start Writing" you will be routed to your legislators, if they have already signed on as a PRO Act cosponsor they will receive a thank you, and if they haven't they will be urged to cosponsor and support this historic piece of labor legislation.

Recent News

A silver lining in the COVID pandemic has been a larger availability of free, online educational opportunities. We'll update this page as we become aware of labor education classes being offered to union members. Check back periodically to stay up to date.

Congratulations to the winners in the local union elections, and thank you to all who put themselves out there to run. A huge thank you to our Election Commitee, who worked four long days to make this election happen. If you see them, please thank them for their service to the Local.

As a reminder, the election for the unfilled Guard position will be held at the May Monthly Meeting.

Working toward a DEGREE? See ICD about TUITION ASSISTANCE

•Apply for up to $2500 during 2021, toward books & tuition
•First come, first served. We do have some spots open for 2021
•Must attend an accredited college
•Must have worked at least 6 months in order to apply
•You can study various topics – does not need to be business or manufacturing-related

Current ICD class offerings:

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