United Steelworkers Continue to Help Metalworkers in Ukraine Fight Russian Aggression

By Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch
Aug 23 2022 |
Photo courtesy the United Steelworkers

Workers at the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih facility are in the line of fire, and the USW is raising money for basic supplies like sleeping bags and first aid kits.

The United Steelworkers (USW) announced last week that their members and allies have raised $75,000 (so far!) to fund the purchase of critical supplies for workers at the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih facility in Ukraine.

Back in March, the USW put out a call asking for money to help members of the Trade Union of the Metalworkers and Miners of Ukraine as they continue to defend their country from Russian invaders. On Aug. 16, the USW shared an update from Natalya Marynyuk of the Trade Union of the Metalworkers and Miners of Ukraine at PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih mill:

“We are incredibly grateful to you and United Steelworkers for such significant help… We have already bought 100 sleeping bags, which are essential for trade union members who sleep in trenches and bomb shelters. Thanks to you, we now have the opportunity to buy first-aid kits, heaters and thermal underwear for our trade union members who are fighting for the independence of Ukraine and protecting Ukrainians from Russian aggression. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your sympathy for the Ukrainian people and for your solidarity support at such a difficult time for us.”

Production at the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih mill has managed to continue throughout the war, even though Russian troops have come within miles of the facility. In July, the plant announced it would temporarily suspend mining operations, citing deteriorating economic conditions, but pledged to keep its labor force in place and avoid layoffs.

Meanwhile, the United Steelworkers have pledged to keep raising money to continue to help their union family in Ukraine fight for their homeland.

“As this war drags on, and their need grows ever greater, we know the USW will continue to stand in global solidarity with Ukrainian workers, doing everything we can to help them withstand these atrocities,” the USW announced on its website.

You can donate to the effort directly by mail, with donation checks payable to “United Steelworkers” and “Ukraine Aid” written in the memo line. Checks can be sent to John Shinn, International Secretary-Treasurer, United Steelworkers, 60 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Online donations may be made at usw.org/donate, with “Ukraine Aid” typed on the “Designated Fund” field before submitting the form.