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The United Steelworker of America (USW) is one of the best known and largest unions in the U.S. In 1942, the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers met with the Steel Workers Organization Committee in order to form a new unified union of Steelworkers, and USW was born. In 1944, this was expanded to include the Aluminum Workers of America as well as other metal-related workers joined. In 1952, the first president of the USW, Phillip Murray, passed away. In 1953, David McDonald became the president of USW. In 2008, USW merged with Unite the Union of the United Kingdom an Ireland to create the first Trans-Atlantic union since the mid-1930's. Today, the union has nearly a million members, is very active politically, has dramatically expanded the base that it represents and shows no signs of slowing down.
Dues paid by 'check off,' means that the monthly membership fees paid by unions members are simply taken directly from their pay check.