Thank you, Ron

There are many successful Career Development programs in the tire and rubber sector.

I’m not sure I’d be able to say that if it weren’t for Ron Hoover.

Ron, the former chair of R/PIC and ICD Advisory Board member, passed away Tuesday at the age of 78.

Ron was an avid promoter of ICD and worked relentlessly for its inclusion in the contracts at Goodyear, BFGoodrich and Bridgestone.

And he was a catalyst in getting those programs off the ground and running in the early years. Many of the successes those program have today can be traced directly back to Ron Hoover.

He was crusty, cantankerous, and charming all at the same time and never hesitated to share his opinion. We will miss his wit and his counsel.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 30 October / 1 Comments
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Des Moines was Da Best

A few weeks back, we held our second and final Learning Summit of the year in Des Moines. Each time we host a Learning Summit, we try to give you a unique experience as part of the programming on the afternoon of the second day.

As part of recent Summits, we have toured a Harley-Davidson facility in Wisconsin and USW Headquarters in Pittsburgh.

I believe, though, the Des Moines experience was one of the most memorable as we got the chance to check out the USW/Bridgestone Americas-Des Moines Learning Center.

We drove across town and were hosted by USW Local 310 and local union president Steve Vonk. I can't think of another president who takes more pride in the Career Development Program than Steve. He is an enthusiastic and tireless champion for us. We can't thank him, his local and ICD Coordinator Stacey Glenn Bradley enough for their hospitality throughout our stay in Iowa's capital.

It just so happened that we had a videographer with us on the trip. We hope you enjoy this video ridealong of our visit to the Des Moines Learning Center.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 9 October / 1 Comments
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Come caucus with us in Iowa

Join us in Des Moines for the ICD Learning Summit ... and who knows, maybe you'll bump into a Democratic Presidential candidate while you're in town!

The days are flying by, summer is coming to an end, kids are heading back to school, and the hotel deadline for Des Moines is quickly approaching.

Don't miss out on the final Learning Summit opportunity of the year. The deadline to reserve your room at Renaissance Savery Hotel is Sept. 2. After that all rooms will be released from the block.

You can register for the Summit and reserve your hotel room .

We had quite the event in Pittsburgh in June and look forward to doing it again. Below is the tentative agenda so you can have a sneak peak at what will be going on.

See you there!

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 13 August / 0 Comments
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Eyeing Iowa

Who’s ready for some learning?

In case you missed out on our Learning Summit in Pittsburgh, don’t panic. There’s another one coming your way September 17-18 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Institute for Career Development got plenty of positive feedback about the online learning opportunities in Pittsburgh and will roll out a very similar agenda in Des Moines.

Who’s in the lineup?

National partners ToolingU, Penn Foster, Rosetta Stone, and L&O (Live and Online) will interact with our members about their online programs and how each benefits our Steelworkers.  We’ll also have a conversation about the Free College benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College. It’s legit, folks, and it’s available to any USW due-paying members and their extended family. You can earn an associate degree with no out-of-pocket cost! You won't want to miss that presentation.

Finally, we’ll top it off with an optional tour of the nearby USW Local 310L/Bridgestone – Des Moines Learning Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Don’t delay. Sign up today. We look forward to seeing you in Des Moines.


  • Posted by bwaddle / Posted on 22 July / 2 Comments
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Time & Gas

It’s a question we get a lot: What does it cost to take an ICD Class?

The best answer yet that we’ve heard comes from USW Local 831 member Boris Pointer from Danville, VA.

Click the link to the newest ICD Video to see what the Career Development means to him.

As we wrap up the third Learning Opportunities Week, we are overwhelmed by the response from all the programs across the country. You’ve really taken the ball and run with it. This is the best benefit offered by the USW, and you did a superhero’s job spreading the word.

For those programs whose LOW events are still to come, please make sure you send photos so we can blast those out on social media.



  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 14 June / 0 Comments
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