Norma Berti Education Scholarship 2017

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Steelworkers' District 6 Director, Marty Warren is pleased to call for applications for our Norma Berti Education Scholarship.

Director Warren has made available a $1000 scholarship to the child of a Steelworker member in memory of Norma Berti, a member of Local 1005 who embodied the true meaning of the phrase "Woman of Steel."

Norma Berti was the first Steelworker woman in Canada to be elected to her local union executive. She was hired at Stelco in 1950 and immediately became a strong supporter of the labour movement. Working in a male dominated workplace did not stop Norma from expressing her views about equal pay for equal work. Her determination to be heard resulted in her becoming a steward and in 1970 she was elected Secretary of the Grievance Committee. Her next step was to run for election in 1976 for the local union Financial Secretary position, which she won. She held this position, through re-elections until 1984, when she retired.

Her dedication to the union did not stop with her local. She was very active in many charities in the Hamilton area, was involved in the founding of the New Democratic Party, was an officer of SOAR and was recognized as Hamilton's Woman of the Year in 1976.

Norma passed away in Hamilton on October 9th, 2001. Norma's legacy is an inspiration for us all, and through this scholarship we will keep her memory alive.

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