USW local at Gary Works elects new president

U.S. Steel's Gary Works mill is shown.

United Steelworkers Union Local 1014, which represents workers at the Gary Works steel mill, elected a new president.

Gus Atsas unseated incumbent president Rodney Lewis in a three-way race with Jessie Hall. Atsas ran on a "Unity is Strength" ticket, topping Lewis by more than 100 votes.

The 1,109 steelworkers who voted also elected Brian Carlson vice president, Veronica Evans recording secretary, Nicole Greene financial secretary, Connie Henderson treasurer, Derek Givens guide, Eric Gaskens inner guard and Ed "Big Show" Gates outer guard. 

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Ron Bushing, Ephrin "EJ" Jenkins and Erica Rodgers were voted in as the trustees. Union members at U.S. Steel's mill in Gary, one of the largest in North America, elected Scott Cranor chairman of the grievance committee and Kevin Eversole, Kenneth Cooper, Mark Gearhart, Steve Alderson and Chucky Bertolo of zones 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7, respectively.

USW Local 1014, headquartered at 1301 Texas Street in Gary, has about 2,020 members, 29 employees and $3.3 million in assets, according to the Center for Union Facts. The union is slated to negotiate a new contract with U.S. Steel this year after not getting raises in the last contract, when the steel industry was suffering through a deep downturn.


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