Marty Warren, Director, District 6 – Ontario and Atlantic Canada
Marty Warren, USW Director, District 6
Marty Warren is well-known as a consensus-builder who doesn't shy away from tackling the daunting challenges facing unions, our members and all working people.
As Director of United Steelworkers District 6, one of Marty's top priorities is to build on the USW's impressive track record of political activism.
"Canadian families are facing some of the toughest economic and social challenges we have seen in generations," says Marty. "Our working and living standards are under constant attack by corporations and right-wing politicians who do their bidding.
"So we must fight back like never before. We will cultivate an environment that develops our next generation of activists and leaders. We will engage and empower our members, their families and all Canadians to be politically active."
Marty Warren became Director of USW District 6, representing Steelworkers in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, on January 1, 2013. He replaced Wayne Fraser, who retired after 11 years as District Director.
The son of a unionized ironworker, Marty has been a labour activist for nearly three decades. He joined the United Rubber Workers in 1984 while working as a tire builder at the BF Goodrich plant in his hometown of Kitchener, Ont.
Within a year, Marty was elected to his first local union position, as a shop steward. He quickly earned a reputation as a gutsy and determined activist, leading several sit-downs and in-plant protests during his early years as a steward.
In 1991, by which time his local had grown to more than 1,000 members, Marty was elected to his first executive board position. The following year he rose to vice-president of his local and held this elected position for six years. It was during this period that Marty also became a proud Steelworker, as a result of the 1995 merger of the USW and United Rubber Workers.
Marty became president of USW Local 677 in 1998. He led the local for six years, a challenging and often turbulent period that included three labour disputes at the BF Goodrich plant.
In 2004 Marty's experience, leadership abilities and passion for defending the interests of working people were recognized when he was hired as a full-time USW staff representative. Over the next eight years Marty serviced numerous locals and tackled several key projects, alternatively working out of the USW's Cambridge office and the District 6 office in Etobicoke. He was named Assistant to the USW District 6 Director in April 2012.
"I am proud, honoured and humbled to hold a leadership role in our great union and stand shoulder to shoulder with our members to defend workers' rights," Marty says. "Together we can and will make a difference - at the bargaining table, in our workplaces and in our communities."
"When we mobilize, we will be loud, determined and relentless in what we believe is right and just. We will work together with our political allies to push governments at all levels for change that makes life better for workers and that builds stronger communities."
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Marty Warren, Director, United Steelworkers District 6.
- Born September 11, 1963, in Barrie, Ont. Moved at six months to Kitchener, where he has lived ever since.
- Married Jody Habermehl, his high school sweetheart, in 1988.
- Father of son Brett and daughter Kelly.
- Collector of vintage hockey cards, or "flips."
- Reluctantly became a Toronto Maple Leafs fan following the retirement of his hockey idol Wayne Gretzky. ("Did not have a favourite team since Wayne retired, and you need a hockey team to cheer for, so ... I guess it's the Leafs.")