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USA’s Roofers Twin Cities Shoot Draws Impressive Crowd in Support of Conservation

September 30, 2020
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) 10th Annual Roofers Twin Cities Sporting Clays Shoot on September 12th was the USA’s largest shoot of the year and a huge success, despite the COVID-19 pandemic challenges. Hosted by the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake Township, Minnesota, the event ...
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Union Volunteers Construct Observation Deck at Washtenaw Community College

September 10, 2020
A new dock/observation platform, recently constructed by Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) volunteers on the Washtenaw Community College (WCC) campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will offer educational and recreational benefits to students, faculty, and the public. The 10 x 16-foot structure features a 16-foot bench where people can stop to view water birds and other wildlife on ...
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St. Louis Area Union Member Stalks Colorado Mule Deer on Brotherhood Outdoors TV

August 24, 2020
Third-generation union insulator, Gary Payeur of Florissant, Missouri, heads to Colorado, where he encounters “Frank the Tank” during his first western mule deer hunt on the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Brotherhood Outdoors TV episode airing the week of August 24. Snow and cold temperatures on the first day put rutting bucks on the move in the ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Alabama Power and B.A.S.S. Complete State-of-the-Art Pavilion on Smith Lake

July 13, 2020
Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) volunteers completed construction of a new public fishing tournament weigh-in pavilion at Alabama’s scenic Smith Lake in June. The state-of-the-art structure was created at no cost to the local community through a partnership between the USA, B.A.S.S., Alabama Power, and Alabama DCNR. Located between Birmingham and Huntsville, 21,000-acre Smith Lake is popular ...
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Union Volunteers, Remington Arms Expand Illinois’ Recreational Shooting Opportunities

April 20, 2020
Labor union volunteers, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Remington Arms teamed up to expand public recreational shooting opportunities in Illinois and give a local high school trap team a new home. Union volunteers donated nearly $30,000 worth of skilled labor, while the USA and Remington provided a $10,000 grant through the USA’s United Outdoors Conservation Fund to build ...
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Thorogood Joins Union Sportsmen’s Alliance as National Conservation Partner and Official Boot Sponsor

April 6, 2020
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) proudly welcomes Thorogood Shoes—maker of legendary American Heritage work, safety and outdoor boots—as its newest sponsor and conservation partner. Under terms of a multi-year agreement, Thorogood will support the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground conservation program as a National Conservation Sponsor and Official Boot Sponsor of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Headquartered ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Takes Steps to Battle COVID-19

March 23, 2020
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is adjusting its national lineup of conservation dinners, shoots, youth outreach events and Work Boots on the Ground projects based on Centers for Disease Control guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Effective immediately, all USA shoots, dinners and community outreach events scheduled through April are being rescheduled. ...
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Union Apprentices Helping Restore America’s Fisheries, Expand Fishing Opportunities

February 26, 2020
  Participants in labor union apprenticeship programs are volunteering their time and talents to improve America’s fisheries and expand opportunities for recreational anglers. Apprentices pursuing careers in a variety of skilled trades are a potent source of volunteer labor in fisheries conservation, public access and outreach projects organized by the nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Work Boots ...
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Union Volunteers Take Minnesota Kids Ice Fishing

January 19, 2020
Dire predictions of an apocalyptic blizzard didn’t stop more than 75 young anglers from celebrating winter with local labor union volunteers at the Minneapolis Area Take Kids Ice Fishing Day on Chisago Lake Saturday, January 18. A joint effort by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local 9 and a coalition ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Alabama Power and B.A.S.S. Break Ground on Smith Lake Pavilion

January 14, 2020
Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) volunteers have broken ground on a new public fishing tournament weigh-in pavilion at Alabama’s scenic Smith Lake. The state-of-the art structure is being created at no cost to the local community through a partnership between the USA, B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power. Located between Birmingham and Huntsville, 21,000-acre Smith Lake is popular with ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Youth Outreach Program Awarded $25,000 Grant from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund

December 16, 2019
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) community-based youth outreach events recently received a boost in the form of a $25,000 grant from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. The donation will support youth events in the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground program. Portions of the grant funds will be applied to at least a ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Names Vance Ayres IUEC Conservation Steward of the Year

November 7, 2019
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) has honored International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Director of Governmental Affairs Vance Ayres with the 2019 IUEC Conservation Steward of the Year Award for his exemplary commitment to conservation and community service. The award recognizes volunteers from each of the USA’s charter unions who have made exceptional contributions to the ...
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Youth Fishing Event Celebrates Dedication of Suncoast Youth Conservation Center Pier

November 3, 2019
Hundreds of local youth and their families gathered Saturday, Nov. 2, to celebrate the dedication of a new boardwalk and fishing pier at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center (SYCC) in Apollo Beach, Florida. The wheelchair-accessible pier gives thousands of youth and other local residents visiting the SYCC campus an opportunity to study coastal marine habitats and ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and Kentucky American Water Host Lexington Youth Fishing Day

October 24, 2019
Nearly 200 kids packed Jacobson Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on Oct. 19 for fishing and family fun during a Take Kids Fishing Day event hosted by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), Kentucky American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation. “The turnout was fantastic,” said Kentucky American Water External Affairs Specialist Ellen Williams. “And the kids ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Partners Host Chicago Area Family Outdoor Day

October 1, 2019
More than 100 South Chicago area youth took their first steps in learning how to fish, shoot and hunt during the Family Outdoor Day held Sept. 28 at the William W. Powers State Recreation Area. The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), in cooperation with New Concept Benefit Group (NCBG), Pheasants Forever, Illinois Conservation Foundation, Illinois Learn to ...
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USA, UAW Help Improve Access to Flint River

October 1, 2019
Anglers and paddle-sports enthusiasts of all ages and physical abilities are enjoying better access to Michigan’s scenic Flint River, thanks in part to a $7,000 donation raised during the inaugural Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 1-D Conservation Dinner. The funds, along with a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Welcomes Plano Synergy as National Conservation Partner

September 25, 2019
Plano Synergy, an industry-leading producer of must-have gear for serious hunters and anglers, has joined the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) mission to unite the union community to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. “Our members, staff and supporting partners are proud to welcome Plano Synergy as a National Conservation Partner as we harness union workers’ power, passion ...
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Union Volunteers Host Ohio Youth Fishing Day

September 23, 2019
More than 160 young anglers learned about conserving and protecting Ohio’s natural resources while experiencing the thrill of catching fish Sept. 21 during the 2nd Annual Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Marietta Take Kids Fishing Day.  Held at scenic Buckeye Park and sponsored by the Ohio AFL-CIO, the event was part of a series of free, community-based ...
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Pure Fishing Earns Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Lifetime Partner Award

September 9, 2019
Pure Fishing’s unwavering support of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) mission to improve the future of angling and conservation has earned the legendary tackle maker the organization’s prestigious $250,000 Lifetime Partner Award. The award recognizes the South Carolina-based sportfishing powerhouse—a leading worldwide producer of fishing line, lures, rods and reels—for surpassing the $250,000 donor mark. Known for ...
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John Heinz NWR Enhancements Earn Union Sportsmen’s Alliance 2019 Project of the Year Award

August 21, 2019
  Union volunteers’ efforts to enhance visitors’ experiences at the nation’s first Urban National Wildlife Refuge earned the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) 2019 Project of the Year Award. Located just six miles from downtown Philadelphia, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge conserves critical wildlife habitat of the Tinicum Tidal Marsh. With 35 million people living within a ...
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Suncoast Pier Completion Marks Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s 200th Work Boots on the Ground Project

August 14, 2019
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) celebrated the completion of its 200th Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) project this week as union volunteers put the final touches on a new wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and fishing pier at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center (SYCC) in Apollo Beach, Florida. The multi-year, collaborative effort gives thousands of youth and their ...
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USA, Partners Celebrate Union-Powered Public Shooting Range Improvements

August 1, 2019
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and a consortium of partners celebrated the improvement of public recreational shooting opportunities at Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Maryland, July 31. A dedication ceremony marked the completion by local labor union members of three covered, fully accessible shooting stations that will be available to community ...
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USA, RBFF, Union Volunteers Unite to Build Public Fishing Pier in Harrison County, Mississippi

July 25, 2019
Fishing just got better at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office’s County Farm near Gulfport, Mississippi. Labor union members, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) joined forces to create a new fully accessible public fishing pier at the property, which hosts hundreds of local residents every season.  Designed to give community members ...
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USA, Union Volunteers Restore Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Pier

June 28, 2019
A popular fishing pier on Champion Lake in the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge received a much-needed facelift thanks to union volunteers, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Lower Trinity Basin Master Naturalists. Organized under the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground conservation program, volunteers from the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 31, United ...
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USA, Union Volunteers Host Kentucky Youth Fishing Events

June 25, 2019
More than 70 Kentucky youth went fishing last Saturday, June 22, at Take Kids Fishing Day events hosted by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 110 and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Held in Lexington, Louisville and Paducah, the events were part ...
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USA Joins Effort to Expand Rend Lake Recreational Opportunities

June 17, 2019
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) has joined ongoing efforts to expand recreational opportunities at North Marcum Recreation Area on Rend Lake near Benton, Illinois. A coalition of partners including the USA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), local labor unions, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Rend Lake College, Rend Lake Bike Club, Scholastic 3-D ...
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Union Volunteers Build Blinds For Physically Challenged Sportsmen

June 13, 2019
Disabled veterans and other physically challenged outdoors enthusiasts will soon enjoy better access to Michigan’s public lands. Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (MiOFO), in partnership with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and United Auto Workers (UAW) Ford National Community Outreach Program, donated two track chair-accessible ground blinds to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) at a ...
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Union Volunteers Make Salt Lake City Area Take Kids Fishing Event A Success

June 11, 2019
The waters of Fairmont Park Pond were the backdrop for more than 80 young anglers and their families who gathered on June 8, 2019, for the inaugural Salt Lake City Area Take Kids Fishing Day event, a cooperative effort between the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), Utah Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) and Salt Lake ...
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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Hosts Family Campout at Montgomery Bell State Park

June 10, 2019
More than 70 youngsters and their families joined union volunteers for a weekend packed with conservation-related activities during the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) third annual Family Campout at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tenn., June 8 and 9. The weekend included variety of engaging outdoor experiences including a snake exhibition, youth fishing derby, hiking and ...
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USA, Union Volunteers Host More Than 400 Youth at June 1-2 Fishing Events

June 4, 2019
More than 400 Wisconsin and Tennessee youth went fishing last weekend — many for the very first time — thanks to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), dozens of volunteers from local labor unions and a consortium of partners dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of fishing. The union-led community events, held June 1-2 in La ...
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