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United Steelworkers union meets in St. John’s for triennial conference

United Steelworkers union meets in St. John’s for triennial conference
United Steelworkers union meets in St. John’s for triennial conference

United Steelworkers Union

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The United Steelworkers (USW) union brought 450 members, employees and guests to St. John’s as part of the union’s triennial District 6 conference. USW District 6 includes members in the Atlantic region and Ontario. The conference, themed “We’re Ready,” will take place at Delta Hotels by Marriott St. John’s Conference Centre, located at 120 New Gower St. and runs Monday through Thursday.

Delegates to the conference will help set the direction for the district in the coming years, including negotiating strong contracts, organizing new workplaces, building power through education, health and safety, and political action.

The conference begins Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. PT with an opening for Indigenous Peoples and a keynote address by District 6 Director Myles Sullivan and presentations from several guests.

During the conference, members will have the opportunity to visit Bell Island on Tuesday and Wednesday and learn about the union’s important history as a representative of the island’s underground miners.

Participants will also take part in a series of workshops focused on raising the bar for women’s health and safety, taking action to end gender-based violence, political action, finding your voice within the union, building power at work, and preventing and addressing harassment in the workplace.

USW District 6 is the largest district in the union, with 80,000 members across the five provinces. The union is known as the health and safety union of Canada and has spent the past two years pressuring Newfoundland and Labrador’s elected officials to launch a criminal investigation into the September 2, 2022, flash fire at the Braya Renewable Fuels refinery in Come By Chance, which killed one worker and seriously injured seven others. The union has been sounding the alarm about unsafe working conditions at the refinery since 2017.

About the United Steelworkers union

The USW represents 225,000 members across virtually every economic sector in Canada and is the largest private sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of the union’s track record of creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating for better working conditions and fairer compensation, including decent wages, benefits and pensions.

For further information please contact:

Shannon Devine, USW Communications and Political Action Department 416-938-4402 / [email protected] (on-site in St. John’s)