Stephen Hunt was named Director of USW District 3 in April 2004, succeeding Ken Neumann when he became USW National Director for Canada.
A miner and union member his entire working life, Hunt became a Steelworker in 1973 and was appointed as a staff representative in 1984. In 1995, he became District 3 Education, Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator.
Hunt has served on numerous national, provincial and international bodies concerning workplace health and safety issues, and served for six years as the lone workers’ representative on the BC Workers’ Compensation Board.
In 2004, he led the USW merger with the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada, which made the USW the largest forest workers union in Canada.
After 43 workers died in the forest industry in 2005, Hunt co-chaired a Steelworkers Forest Fatalities Summit that reviewed the industry’s safety record and made recommendations for improvements. He spearheaded the union’s Stop the Killing campaign, which in 2006 successfully pushed for an investigation by the Canadian Auditor General, who issued a report in 2008 that was critical of the government’s safety measures. It was titled, “Preventing Fatalities and Serious Injuries in B.C. Forests: Progress Needed.”
Hunt has been involved in negotiations with companies in the copper, coal, potash and forest products industries. In 2007, he chaired negotiations for over 8,000 woodworkers.
He holds a charter director designation from DeGroote Business School at McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
He lives in Steveston, British Columbia.
The headquarters for District 3 is in Burnaby, British Columbia.