District 6 News
Steelworkers Seek Reinstatement of Retiree Health Benefits
“It’s unconscionable that U.S. Steel management can stuff their pockets while health benefits have been taken away from our pensioners.”
Time for New Rules on Creditor Protection
The deck is stacked against workers and pensioners. We need a new law that fairly lays out what a company must do when it invests in Canada.
USW Calls for CCAA Public Inquiry, Hedge Fund Drops Stelco-Algoma Merger Bid
"Right now it's all about greed. Greed drives this process." - Gary Howe, USW Local 1005 President
KPS Abandons Bid for Essar Steel Algoma
With other bidders and/or restructuring proposals waiting in the wings, KPS departure provides opportunity to put restructuring back on track: Steelworkers
Essar Global’s Elimination from Industry Restructuring ‘Potentially Devastating’: Steelworkers
“We’re calling on the provincial government to stand up for the best interests of our working families, pensioners and communities.” - Marty Warren
CBC Report on Ottawa Fatality and Criminal Investigation Shows Progress, Say Steelworkers
Criminal investigation of workplace fatality indicates USW campaign is making progress toward proper enforcement of Westray Law.
Steelworkers Hail Ottawa Decision to Stop the Killing and Enforce the Law
City of Ottawa unanimous in call for better enforcement of Westray Law.
No Government or Corporate Accountability in U.S. Steel Covert Deals, Say Steelworkers, NDP
NDP MP Scott Duvall and United Steelworkers reiterate demand for federal government to release details of the secret deal with U.S. Steel.
Marty Warren Statement on the Occasion of June 21, National Aboriginal Day
This year’s National Aboriginal Day is unlike any other we have celebrated before. It’s clear: celebrating Aboriginal peoples means taking action for social justice.
Marty Warren Statement for Pride Month
In June this year, Steelworkers from all across Canada join with LGBT communities to celebrate Pride Month.
Steelworkers Frustrated by IOC Failure
“Our members can be assured that they have the full backing and support of Steelworkers across Canada and internationally in their struggle for fairness.” – Marty Warren, USW Atlantic Director
Stop the Injustice Against Victims of McIntyre Powder: Marty Warren
“It is far too late for far too many workers and their families. But for those who are left, it is never too late for justice to be done.”
Pride Celebrations in District 6 2016
Rick Bertrand Recognized as Jefferson Award Winner for District 6
USW 6500 member, Rick Bertrand has been recognized as the USW District 6 winner of the Jefferson Awards.
Marty Warren Statement on Asian Heritage Month
As Steelworkers, we celebrate Asian History Month along with our Asian Canadian members in District 6, and, all other Asian Canadians in Canada.
District 6 Steelworkers recognize the National Day of Mourning on April 28th
On April 28th, we mourn for the lives lost in the workplace. It is also an opportunity for Steelworkers across our district and across the country to renew our commitment to fight for the living.
Steelworker Honoured with ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award
USW member Chris Carpenter has received an international award for community service.
April 28th, National Day of Mourning
As Steelworkers, April 28th is the most solemn day in our calendar.
Charges in Northern Ontario Mining Death Validate Campaign for Enforcement of Westray Law
USW welcomes criminal charges against Detour Gold for the June 2015 death of a worker at its Cochrane, Ont., mine.
Glencore Terminates Sick and Injured Employees, Cuts Crucial Medical Coverage
Global mining giant reaches a new low in labour relations at its Brunswick Smelter, terminating sick and injured employees and eliminating their crucial medical benefits.
Close the Gender Wage Gap: Marty Warren Statement on Equal Pay Day
Ontario women still take home, on average, 31.5% less each year than what men earn. For women in the Atlantic, they get between 15%-34% less. We call that shortfall “the gender wage gap.”
First D6 Woman Area Co-ordinator
Our #WCW honours Peggy McComb
New Contract Benefits Steelworkers, Nordia Kitchener
"The significant wage increases and improvements to our contract reflect the value that our members bring to their workplace." - USW unit Chair Kristine Chapman
From Student to Teacher
Our #WCW honours Marlene Gow
Steelworkers Ratify New Contract at Ray of Hope Custody Facility
Steelworkers at secure custody facility for young offenders ratify new collective agreement that improves wages and benefits and enhances terms and conditions of employment.
Steelworkers Host Community Celebration of Hamilton’s Diversity
Hamilton Steelworkers join with city counsellors, poets, filmmakers, journalists and artists to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
Marty Warren Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racism
This year on March 21st, District 6 of the Steelworkers celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is an annual event marking the progress around the world in the fight against ethnic and racial discrimination.
Steelworkers Will Appeal U.S. Steel Decision
“These court proceedings are far from over and our priorities have not changed – to protect our members’ jobs and pensions and to ensure the ongoing viability of our plants.” USW Locals 1005 and 8782
Marty Warren Statement on International Women's Day
This International Women’s Day, we remember the remarkable achievements women have made over the decades in the march to full equality. But let’s also remember that the journey is not over yet.
Steelworkers Reviewing Options on U.S. Steel Decision
“This issue is not resolved yet – not by a long shot. There is a second part to this trial that has not even started and then there is the question of an appeal." - Marty Warren
Steelworkers Make Gains in New Contract at Entec
“This agreement enhances working and living standards for employees and helps build an improved workplace for everyone.” - Marty Warren
Marty Warren Statement on Black History Month
As District 6 represents one of the most diverse Districts in Canada, it is important that we celebrate Black History Month each February.
Health and Safety Trailblazer
Our #WCW is Nancy Hutchison!
News@6 Winter 2016
Check out the latest New@6 newsletter for members of USW District 6!
Steelworkers Reach First Contract with Pastway Planing in Combermere
“When we decided to form a union we thought, ‘finally we have hope.’ Our union representatives worked with us and helped us negotiate a fair contract.” - Bargaining unit chair Jason Browne
Thousands March in Hamilton to 'Stand Up for Steel'
Workers rallied at city hall and marched through downtown.
Steelworkers Reach First Contract with Pastway Planing in Combermere
“When we decided to form a union we thought, ‘finally we have hope.’ Our union representatives worked with us and helped us negotiate a fair contract.” - Bargaining unit chair Jason Browne
Remove Veil of Secrecy in U.S. Steel Case: Steelworkers
“Access to this secret deal is crucial to protect the rights of workers and pensioners whose futures are at stake.” - USW Local 1005 President Gary Howe
Fines Are Not Enough! Grieving Families Deserve Criminal Investigation of Workplace Deaths
"For the grieving families, fines are not enough. Justice has not been served if a worker's death is not investigated at the outset as a potential criminal case." - USW District 6 Director Marty Warren
A Canadian Steel Industry Is Vital for Our 21st-Century Economy
Thousands of concerned citizens from across Ontario and beyond will attend a massive rally on January 30 in Hamilton, to demand that our governments Stand Up for Steel and defend good jobs, pensions and strong communities.
Time Has Come: 'Kill a Worker, Go to Jail,' Say Steelworkers
Prison time for scaffold deaths, lawsuit over sawmill explosion prompts strong words from labour.
Steelworkers Call Jail Time for Metron Construction Manager a Precedent-Setting Victory
“This is a national precedent and has implications for our campaign to Stop the Killing and Enforce the Law.” - USW National Director Ken Neumann
Canada Needs a Job Creation and Just Transition Plan - CLC
December jobs numbers: the CLC is working with provincial governments and the new federal government to talk about how to grow our economy, create good, sustainable, family-supporting jobs and transition for laid-off workers.
Union Leader Calls for Action on Steel 'Crisis’
United Steelworkers Ontario director Marty Warren calls for an Ontario Steel Industry Action Plan to save an industry that supports 20,000 direct and 100,000 spinoff jobs across the country.
Steelworker Director shares his grandma’s Christmas Cake recipe
Distric 6 Director Marty Warren shares his Grandmother's Christmas Cake recipe.
Steelworkers Humanity Fund Supports the Sudbury Food Bank
(SUDBURY, ON) – The United Steelworkers presented donations this past Monday to the Banque d’aliments Sudbury Food Bank (BDSFB), the Elgin St. Mission, and the Blue Door Soup Kitchen totaling $6000.
‘Enough Is Enough,’ Steelworkers Say as Federal Government Betrays Another 1,700 Pensioners
1,700 Cliffs Natural Resources pensioners learned today they will suffer a substantial loss of income because federal laws continue to protect corporations over workers and retirees.
Humanity Fund and other donations in Sault Ste. Marie
Today the United Steelworkers were happy to present the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen with $7,500. Ron Sim, General Manager of the Soup Kitchen received a cheque for $4,000 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.
Criminal Charges Show Steelworkers Campaign to Enforce the Law is Starting to Work
“We are tired of seeing workers killed at a rate of 1,000 a year across Canada, while corporations and their leadership are not held accountable.” - Marty Warren
Celebrating 25 Years of Women of Steel
The 2015 National Women’s Conference marks the 25th anniversary of the first Women of Steel course in 1990.
Hamilton MP Scott Duvall Demands Liberals Live Up to Election Rhetoric on U.S. Steel
New government must “live up to its election campaign rhetoric” and defend the rights of U.S. Steel pensioners who were robbed of their access to health benefits and prescription drug coverage.
Canada’s Steel Industry: High-Value Cornerstone of Our Manufacturing Economy - Ken Neumann/Marty Warren Op-Ed
"It is essential that governments play an active role to ensure this perfect storm doesn't result in the disappearance of such a vital component of our economy and the livelihoods of so many Canadians."
Statement from Marty Warrren, marking December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
"I hope that, in a few days, we will hear the federal government call a national enquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women."
Throne Speech: Helping Middle Class Should Mean Saving Jobs – Steelworkers
USW National Director Ken Neumann says the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne leaves both gaps and opportunities for Canadian workers, particularly in industries like steel and forestry.
Steelworkers Welcome New Leadership at Ontario Federation of Labour
United Steelworkers celebrate election of new leadership today at the Ontario Federation of Labour.
Trudeau, Wynne Must Act Now on Deepening Steel Crisis: Steelworkers
"We need our federal and provincial governments to be on our side. Our community is counting on the governments they elected to fulfill their promises that they would support decent, middle-class jobs." Lisa Dale, USW Local 2724 President
Announced Layoffs by Profitable Telus Regrettable and Unnecessary
"We are extremely disappointed to learn of Telus' decision to reduce their workforce at a time when the company is extremely profitable." - Lee Riggs, TWU, USW National Local 1944 President
At-Risk Pensioners Need Real Help From Trudeau, Wynne: Steelworkers
“The Government of Canada bears some real responsibility for the plight of retirees and current employees."
Building a better working future: The USW and Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review
In Ontario, full-time jobs with decent wages, benefits and retirement income are increasingly rare. In their place are too many low-paid, part-time jobs with minimal benefits or retirement in¬come. The USW does not accept this as inevitable.
20,000 Pensioners Lose Critical Health and Drug Benefits Due to Harper’s U.S. Steel Sellout
“There will be 20,000 pensioners waking up tomorrow without health benefits and prescription drug coverage, because of the Harper government’s secret deals with U.S. Steel.” - Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director
USW Retirees to Host Seniors Vote Event in Sudbury
To celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) is encouraging seniors to get out and vote on Oct. 19.
Steelworkers! Join Tom’s Whistle-Stop Tour
Steelworkers! You're invited to Tom Mulcair's whistle-stop tour through southwestern Ontario, Sunday, October 4.
Steelworkers Provide Update on U.S. Steel Canada Mediation
USW update re U.S. Steel Canada mediation: A number of motions that were to be heard by the court this week have been rescheduled for October 7 and 8.
Update from Steelworkers re U.S. Steel Canada Court Proceedings: Rescheduled
USW has been advised that U.S. Steel Canada court proceedings regarding benefits for retirees have been rescheduled to Thursday, at the earliest, with the date still to be confirmed.
Steelworkers Call on Members to Witness Court Proceedings to Stop U.S. Steel Canada from Abandoning Workers, Pensioners and the Community
USW calls on members, retirees and community supporters to join them to witness Ontario Superior Court proceedings as it tries to stop U.S. Steel Canada from abandoning responsibility to workers, pensioners and the City of Hamilton.
Steelworkers Demand that Final Reports on 2014 Fatality be Released
The United Steelworkers union (USW) is demanding that the family of a man killed in 2014 at the North American Palladium Ltd. Lac des Iles mine be provided with the final reports on how 38-year-old Pascal Goulet died.
Second Workers Uniting Program Brings Together Youth From Around World
Fourteen young trade unionists from Canada, the United States, UK, Mexico and Cuba met in London, UK in late August for the second Global Youth Exchange organized this year by Workers Uniting.
Dartmouth Auto Shop Owner Charged Under Westray Bill in Mechanic's Death
A man who used to operate an auto repair shop in Dartmouth has been charged under the Westray Bill, marking the first time the law has been used against an employer in Nova Scotia.
U.S. Steel Must Be Stopped From Destroying Canadian Operations
U.S. Steel must be stopped from moving more jobs and production out of Canada.
Union Asks Court to Halt U.S. Steel's Plans to Move Production
Steelworkers will ask the Ontario Superior Court to block U.S. Steel's plan to shift production of some its highest-value-added steel out of Canada.
Elliot Lake Hampton Inn Employees Join Steelworkers
New Steelworkers looking forward to negotiating a fair contract with good working conditions, wages and benefits.
Labour Day – Strong Unions, Strong Communities
United Steelworkers members can proudly say that we continue to make a difference for workers and families, in our workplaces, in our communities and in our legislatures. - Marty Warren
Steelworkers, Salit Steel Negotiate Four-Year Deal
“The entire Niagara community will benefit from the hard work the United Steelworkers put into bargaining this agreement.” - USW Local 14241 President Dylan Shannon
Steelworkers Reach Four-Year Contract with Queen’s
More than 1,000 United Steelworkers (USW) members have reached a new, four-year collective agreement with Queen’s University.
Gerard Urges Union Leaders to Hit the Streets to Boot Conservatives from Office
USW President Leo W. Gerard in speaks to union conference delegates in Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday.
American Airlines-US Airways Employees Choose Steelworkers
Over 68 per cent of the airline employees who work at airports in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa voted in favour of the Steelworkers union as their union.
USW D6 Conference Map
Take a glance at the various spots we will be in the city of Sault Ste. Marie during the D6 Conference.
USW District 6 Conference Shuttle Bus Schedule
Everything you need to know about transportation at the District 6 Conference.
USW District 6 Conference Agenda
The District 6 Conference will feature a week full of inspiring speakers, workshops and an opportunity for delegates to make a difference in the city of Sault Ste. Marie.
Steelworker Days in Sault Ste. Marie
Community building will be the focus of the Steelworkers District 6 Conference, Strong Union, Strong Community, to be held August 17-20 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
United Steelworkers Ratify Two Contracts in Cambridge
Job security and an apprenticeship program for skilled jobs are highlights of new contracts for almost 550 workers at Frito Lay in the Cambridge area, members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4610.
"A conference to get ideas to benefit everyone"
Reports from the United Steelworkers National Consultation Workshop for Aboriginal Members
'We want our jobs back'
United Steelworkers Union members gathered on Avalon Drive in Labrador City this morning to peacefully protest the latest layoffs.
Bitterness Remains as Crown Metal Workers End 2-year Strike
Employees narrowly voted Sunday night to ratify a new collective agreement with the Toronto-based beer can manufacturer, after one of province’s longest pickets in recent history.
New Contract Ratified at Crown Metal Packaging, Strike Ends
TORONTO, 19 July 2015 – Employees of the Crown Metal Packaging factory in Toronto have ratified a new collective agreement, ending a 22-month strike.
Steelworkers Support New Lender for U.S. Steel Canada
“We will continue to seek a fair and just process to ensure the best possible outcome for the workers, pensioners and communities whose futures are at stake.” - Marty Warren
Tentative Deal Reached to End Crown Beer Can Strike
USW and Crown Holdings reach tentative agreement aimed at ending 22-month strike in Toronto.
After 22 Months on Strike, a Tentative Deal for Crown Holdings Workers
A very long and highly publicized strike at Crown Holdings may soon come to an end, if Crown workers vote to accept a tentative agreement reached late July 8.
Crown Strikers Support Law Reform, Renew Customer Campaign at Labatt's
"We want Ontario's lawmakers to rebalance the playing field and prevent the kind of suffering our 120 families are experiencing."
Metron Construction Boss Should Be Jailed for Causing Four Deaths
The conviction of a Metron Construction boss on criminal negligence charges for killing four workers in 2009 should result in a jail sentence, Steelworkers say.
Cameco, Union Ink Deal
A new three-year contract for Cameco fuel manufacturing workers in Cobourg and Port Hope includes both yearly raises and enhanced retirement benefits.
Pastway Planing Employees Join Steelworkers
Pastway Planing employees vote to give themselves a strong, collective voice in their workplace and to bring greater democracy to their working lives.
Labour Law Violations Prolonging 21-Month Strike: Steelworkers
Industrial Inquiry Commission confirms 21-month strike at a Toronto beer can factory being prolonged by illegal behaviour of multinational Crown Holdings.
‘No More Secret Deals’ for U.S. Steel, Steelworkers Say
"Those who are directly affected – our community, our members and our pensioners – deserve a fair, open and transparent process."
Steelworkers Negotiate New Contract with Novelis
Steelworkers at the Novelis aluminum plant in Kingston have ratified a three-year collective agreement with the company.
Embattled Steelworkers' Union Rally Against Layoffs in Lab West
Despite the doom and gloom, the turnout at Monday's rally was very encouraging.
United Steelworkers Union Certified at Entec
"Workers at Entec deserve a voice in the workplace, a safe environment and fair compensation. Now they will have the ability to speak collectively and bargain a fair deal." - Marty Warren
USW 9176 Members at Crown Holdings - Struggle Reaches 20 Months
Sign the Toronto and York Region Labour Council's LabourStart petition asking Ontario Premier Wynne and Labour Minister Flynn to be prepared to order binding arbitration for USW 9176 members at Crown.
Queen's University Employees Join Forces to Protect Pensions
Steelworkers and other unions collaborate to negotiate long-term solution to retirement security for members.
Crown Workers, on Strike 21 Months, Still Hold Hope for a Fair Deal
Seven seasons have turned since 118 workers at the Crown Holdings can factory in North York walked out, on Sept. 6, 2013. Since that date, only two employees have crossed the line and returned to their jobs, though a dozen others have taken retirement.
For Toronto Can Factory Workers, a Tellingly Long Strike
Imagine that your employer wants to freeze your pension, cut cost of living allowances, and bring in a divisive two-tiered wage system. Welcome to Cheryle Dollimore's world.
Sudbury Union, NDP to Fight for Widows, Benefits
Members of USW Local 6500 will join an Oshawa MPP at Queen's Park today when she introduces a private member's bill that would have an impact on workers and their families in Ontario.
Given 8, Stobie Jury Returns 24 Ways to Make Mines Safer
The families hugged, smiled and shed a tear as the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Jordan Fram and Jason Chenier came to an end with recommendations from the four-person jury.
Steelworkers Reach Three-Year Deal with Haley Industries
USW Local 4820 achieves gains in wages, pensions, benefits and contract language.
Steelworkers Ratify Five-Year Deal with Vale
“This is a tremendous achievement for our members and will benefit our families, our pensioners and our community for several years to come.” - Rick Bertrand, USW Local 6500 President
Steelworkers, Mexican Miners Protest at Crown Holdings Shareholders’ Meeting in Mexico
Canadian Steelworkers join Los Mineros members in Mexico to confront Crown Holdings directors at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting.
Steelworkers Ask Court to Open Secret Deal Between Feds and U.S. Steel
USW, representing thousands of employees and pensioners, is today asking Ontario Superior Court to open a secret deal between the federal government and U.S. Steel Canada.
Ottawa Moves to Block Release of U.S. Steel Settlement Deal
The Harper government is moving to keep the lid on the terms of its secret deal to drop a lawsuit against U.S. Steel.
USW, City Call for Release of 'Secret' U.S. Steel Deal
"It's shameful that U.S. Steel, which created this situation in the first place, wants to trample over seniors."
Steelworkers Call for Timely, Enforceable Health and Safety Improvements
USW Ontario Director Marty Warren welcomed the release of the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group's report aimed at improving safety in the province's mining industry.
April 28th, the National Day of Mourning
It is the day we remember and honour those who have lost their lives, and those who have been injured and made ill as a result of occupational hazards and diseases. At the same time, we renew our commitment to improving health & safety in the workplace an
Sudbury Smelter Charges No Surprise - Union
A committee of representatives from Vale Ltd. and United Steelworkers Local 6500 is working to ensure the 58 recommendations from a joint investigation into the death last year of a millwright are implemented and that history doesn't repeat.
S&T Industrial Inc. Employees in Sault Ste. Marie Join Steelworkers
Welcome to the Steelworkers employees of S&T Industrial in Sault Ste. Marie!
USW District 6 Conference - August 17 - 20 2015, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont
The United Steelworkers District 6 will be holding their conference on August 17 - 20, 2015, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
United Steelworkers-Alexandria Mouldings Agreement Benefits Community
Steelworkers reach new agreement with Alexandria Mouldings that strengthens the community's manufacturing base and economic outlook.
Steelworkers Celebrate International Women's Day
Unions need women and women need unions. The United Steelworkers celebrates International Women's Day by honouring women's achievements and continuing our fight for change.
Beer Can Workers Picket Indifferent Liberal MPPs’ Offices
USW Local 9176 members are picketing Liberal MPPs’ offices to raise awareness of the Liberals’ failure to help settle their 18-month labour dispute.
Steelworkers Share Heartache of Finding Elijah Marsh
"My heart, as well as my coworkers', is with the family of Elijah." - David Elines, who along with his fellow Steelworkers left their picket line to help find the missing boy.
Cambridge Steelworkers Ratify Deal with Tenneco Automotive
Steelworkers at Tenneco Automotive negotiate three-year contract with wage and pension increases in each year, as well as improved benefits.
Bottles, Not Cans Day of Action - Media Coverage
Collected media coverage of the Bottles, Not Cans Day of Action supporting USW Local 9176 fighting for the middle class.
Bottles, Not Cans on CP24
CP24 interviews a USW member outside a Beer Store during Bottles, Not Cans Day of Action - The Sequel.
Beer Can Boycott Expands Across Ontario
The Bottles Not Cans campaign is expanding this week with radio ads and Beer Store demonstrations in communities across the province.
I'm Boycotting Beer Sold in Cans and Here's Why You Should Too
With all the publicity focused on the Beer Store in recent weeks, there is another beer story with profound implications that has received little media coverage.
Steelworkers Push Ahead with Criminal Code Enforcement Campaign
Criminal prosecutions and jail sentences for workplace deaths remain all too rare, USW says.
Bottles Not Cans Day of Action The Sequel
On Saturday January 24 we are having another Day of Action for our sisters and brothers at Crown.