Policy, Research and Submissions
USW calls for strong federal accessibility legislation
USW is urging the federal government to ensure that proposed legislation gives all Canadians with disabilities meaningful access to services.
Bill 70: ‘Building Up’ Everyone but Ontario’s Working People
Responding to the Ontario government’s stealth attack on worker health and safety.
USW Submission to the Standing Committee on International Trade Regarding CETA
Submission to the Standing Committee on International Trade Re: Concerns regarding Bill C-30, An act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.
USW Softwood Lumber Brief
The United Steelworkers (USW) represents more than 280,000 Canadian members, 40,000 of whom work in the forest industry. Forest Products Matter – Our Voice, Our Solutions for Workers, Communities & Industry Stability.
USW-CSPA Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Global Overcapacity in the Steel Sector
United Steelworkers and Canadian Steel Producers Association jointly call for urgent action from Canadian government to address steel crisis.
USW Response to Final Report of Ontario's Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee
USW welcomes the strong emphasis on accessible child care, but is concerned about the absence of recommendations that could have substantial short-term and long-term benefits.
The Case for Canada’s Steel Industry
The steel industry is arguably the backbone upon which North America’s industrialized economies were built. Canada’s steel industry is under attack due to unfair trade practices with little to no support from the Canadian government.
Stop the TPP: Canadians Deserve a Better Deal
The United Steelworkers is not anti-trade, but our union is opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). USW submission to the Standing Committee on International Trade.
The Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the Future of Peace and Prosperity in Colombia
Submission by the United Steelworkers Concerning the Annual Reports on Human Rights and Free Trade Between Canada and Colombia
Closing the Gender Wage Gap: Submission by the United Steelworkers
Women are overrepresented in minimum wage, part-time and precarious employment. USW’s submission finds women’s economic contributions continue to be systemically undervalued in the paid labour force and beyond.
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.
Why Unions Matter
Many right-wing attacks on unions have centered around the notion that unions are no longer relevant. Yet, as this research note strives to make clear, in light of the growing material inequality gripping Canada, it is clear that unions remain relevant.
Consultations on a Voluntary Supplement to the Canada Pension Plan
"We urge the government to reject this approach and embrace the labour movement’s plan for mandatory, universal CPP expansion, which has been supported by researchers, policy-makers, stakeholders and nearly every province across the country.”
USW To Testify at Public Interest Inquiry on Illegally Dumped Rebar
On July 31, 2015 the Steelworkers will be testifying at the Public Interest Inquiry being held by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal in support of maintaining the duties currently in place on dumped rebar from China, South Korea and Turkey.
USW Submission to the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
The United Steelworkers union endorses the OFL's call for a minimum wage of $14 per hour, to ensure that Ontarians who work full-time earn appreciably more than the poverty line.
OECD Complaint regarding Excellon Resources, Inc.
In Mexico, Excellon has used several tactics to avoid its obligations to both the community where it works and its workers under local, national, and international law.
Blue Green Canada Amicus Submission to World Trade Organization
Blue Green Canada, with other Canadian NGOs and labour unions, have sent an amicus curiae submission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) responding to Japan’s and the European Union’s joint attack on the Ontario Green Energy Act.