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United Steelworkers on strike at Sherwin-Williams

By staff

Pittsburgh, PA – 55 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 14919 began an unfair labor practice strike against Sherwin-Williams on Saturday, February 5 at the company’s facility in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

Negotiations started on October 26, 2021, and union members had been working without a contract since the previous agreement expired on November 20. Sherwin-Williams refused to enter into an extension agreement.

Terrell Williams, president of United Steelworkers Local 14919 states, “All we are asking for is a fair and just contract that keeps up with inflation and provides economic sustainability and security for our members.”

When the parties last met on February 10 and 11, the company reiterated its previous substandard offer, reflecting no progress on their part. Sherwin-Williams is not available to meet again until later this month, and the USW requested the assistance of a federal mediator.

Sherwin-Williams just broke ground for a new headquarters complex in downtown Cleveland and announced the construction of a state-of-the-art research and development center in Brecksville. These projects have a price tag of over $600 million, and both received government assistance.

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