GMP Approves Merger with USW
The Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union recently approved a merger with the United Steelworkers.
The Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union (GMPIU) recently approved a merger with the United Steelworkers (USW) at its 75th quadrennial convention. The merger unites two international unions with complementary memberships in the U.S. and Canada.
“The GMP is itself the product of many mergers, and each one made the GMP stronger and better,” said Bruce R. Smith, GMPIU international president. “We expect history to repeat itself with the USW merger.”
“The merger will undoubtedly strengthen and benefit our members in the glass industry and beyond,” said Leo W. Gerard, USW international president. “The GMP shares our goals and will be a vital part of the USW.”
The GMP, headquartered in Media, Pa., represents some 25,000 craft and industrial workers primarily in glass, foundries, molding, plastics and pottery, as well as ceramics, china, fiber glass and insulation, and other industries. The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply, and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.