About the Family and Community Education Fund

About the Family and Community Education Fund

A Brief History of the Fund

Since 1989, through the contributions of participating local unions, the USW Family and Community Education Fund has supported activities like:

Now the Fund is expanding to support more activities at the local, district and national level in four theme areas:

Supporting Steelworker Families

We want to help Steelworker families learn about our union and the struggles of working people across Canada and around the world. And we want to support members with family responsibilities so they can fully participate in all of the union’s activities.

The Fund could support activities such as:

Promoting USW in the Community

USW has a long history of being active in the communities where we live and work. We want to continue the tradition of sponsoring community events and working in solidarity with community groups to advance equality throughout the country.

The Fund could support activities such as:

Supporting and Engaging Young Activists

The USW understands the crucial importance of identifying and supporting young activists within our union.

The Fund could support activities such as:

 Supporting and Engaging New Activists

We want to grow our union by engaging new activists from within our current membership, including new hires or long-time members with more free time now that their children are older. Engaging and mentoring new activists is one way to broaden and diversify our staff and leadership.

The Fund could support activities such as:

An advisory committee, made up of members and staff appointed by the Canadian directors, is responsible for reviewing the state of the Fund, as well as approving and evaluating projects.

What Does this Mean for My Local?