USW Local 310L Des Moines, IA

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

Brothers Tony Link and Rick Ryan attended the 2019 Rapid Response Conference in Washington D.C., October 28-30. They spent time lobbying our U.S.

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Having the ability to bargain with our employers makes our workplaces safer; our wages, healthcare, and a retirement more secure; and builds the middle class in this country. However, for decades, we have seen a continued erosion of our worker protections and attacks on collective bargaining rights, putting us all at risk. 

It’s time to stand up and fight back.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474), will fix our broken laws by: 

  • Making companies recognize contractors as part of the collective bargaining process so they can no longer continue to whittle down our membership by subcontracting.
  • Forcing an employer to reach a first contract in a timely manner with a newly organized group of workers. No more dragging out first contracts.
  • Reversing so-called Right to Work, regardless of state laws.
  • Prohibiting employers from forcing employees to attend anti-union meetings.
  • Permitting secondary picketing, strikes, and boycotts, allowing workers to stand in solidarity with others seeking to improve their wages and working conditions.
  • Toughening penalties for employers who illegally fire or retaliate against workers for protected union activities.
  • Prohibiting employers from hiring scabs or discriminating against workers during a strike or lockout.

Sign our petition to tell the U.S. House of Representatives to bring the bill to the floor.

The campaign to Save Our Labor Center was successful! Click here to read the latest.

Recent News

In August I was honored to be a delegate for USW Local 310L at the 63rd annual IFL-CIO convention at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. We as delegates were lucky enough to be addressed by most of the Democratic Candidates for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election. I would like to share some of the notes that I took during the presentations.

Here is a great video put together by ICD National Headquaters during the ICD Learning Summit that was hosted here in Des Moines in September.

The plant has provided us with the proposed manning for the upcoming new shifts. This is the most recent update as of 9/17/19, and subject to change. We have not yet been notified as to when this will take place. Click below to open.

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