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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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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), ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

USA Names Ben Hur Construction Union Contractor of the Year

May 10, 2019
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) proudly announces it has recognized Ben Hur Construction Company of St. Louis, Missouri, with its inaugural Union Contractor of the Year Award. Presented May 1 at The Association of Union Constructors Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, the prestigious award acknowledges Ben Hur’s selfless commitment to unite the union community behind ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Introduce Dayton Area Youth to Fishing

May 7, 2019
From morning to early afternoon of Saturday, May 4, more than 120 young anglers and their families lined the bank of Lakeside Lake near Dayton, Ohio, to experience fishing firsthand during the free Dayton Area Take Kids Fishing Day. A team effort by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), Ohio AFL-CIO, Ohio Division of Wildlife and Ohio ... Continue Reading

USA, IBEW Host Colorado Springs Area Take Kids Fishing Day

April 30, 2019
More than 40 young anglers and their families lined the water at scenic Manitou Lake, Colorado, Saturday, April 27 to learn about fishing firsthand during the free Colorado Springs Area Take Kids Fishing Day. Organized by the Union Sportsman’s Alliance (USA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 113, the free event was aimed at ... Continue Reading

USA, NSSF Hold Houston Area Get Youth Outdoors Day

April 30, 2019
The nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), members of United Association (UA) Plumbers Local 68 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 716 and 66 joined forces April 28 to host nearly 50 Houston-area youngsters during the free Get Youth Outdoors Day at the American Shooting Center in Houston, Texas. The ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers, Partners Propel Suncoast Youth Conservation Center Project Forward

April 17, 2019
A concerted effort by 65 skilled union volunteers on Saturday, April 13 pushed construction of a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and fishing pier at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center (SYCC) in Apollo Beach, Fla., closer to completion. Collectively, donations in funds, volunteer union labor, materials and other construction expenses from project partners are expected to top $800,000. The ... Continue Reading

Union Fire Fighters Team with USA, Ohio AFL-CIO to Host Chillicothe Youth Fishing Event

April 16, 2019
Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 300 held their annual Fish With A Fire Fighter Day April 13, hosting 187 young anglers at Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe, Ohio. The free event, designed to introduce local youngsters ages 2 to 15 to conservation and the joys of fishing, has a rich history in ... Continue Reading

Union Volunteers Introduce 200 Spring Hill Youth to Fishing

April 15, 2019
Despite early morning rains, 200 young anglers and their families lined the pond at the Tennessee Children’s Home Spring Hill Campus Saturday, April 13 for the Spring Hill Area Take Kids Fishing Day. A joint effort by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1853 and UAW Region 8, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources ... Continue Reading

Houston Youngsters Invited to Free “Get Youth Outdoors Day” April 28

April 8, 2019
      Boys and girls ages 9 to 15 are invited to learn about the outdoors and experience the shooting sports firsthand Sunday, April 28 at the free, fun-filled Houston Area Get Youth Outdoors Day. The nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is teaming up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), local labor unions and other supporters to ... Continue Reading

USA, NSSF Hold Nashville Area Get Youth Outdoors Day

April 1, 2019
More than 30 youths learned about conservation and hunting while experiencing the thrill of the shooting sports firsthand Sunday, March 31 during the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Nashville Area Get Youth Outdoors Day. The nonprofit USA teamed up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), local labor unions and other supporters to host the event from ... Continue Reading

Spring Hill, Tennessee, Youngsters Invited to Free “Take Kids Fishing Day” April 13

March 19, 2019
Boys and girls ages 2 to 15 are invited to learn about the outdoors and experience the joys of fishing firsthand Saturday, April 13 at the free, fun-filled Spring Hill, Tennessee, Area Take Kids Fishing Day. The nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is teaming up with United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1853 and UAW Region 8, ... Continue Reading

Nashville-Area Youngsters Invited to Free “Get Youth Outdoors Day” March 31

March 11, 2019
Boys and girls ages 9 to 15 are invited to learn about the outdoors and experience the shooting sports firsthand Sunday, March 31 at the free, fun-filled 1st Annual Nashville Area Get Youth Outdoors Day. The nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is teaming up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), local labor unions and other ... Continue Reading

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