Building a stronger future for our district, together

Statement from Scott Lunny, USW District 3 Director

Sisters, brothers & friends,

Yesterday, the USW International Executive Board was sworn into office during the International Installation Ceremony in Pittsburgh. It is an immense honour to have been elected as the Director for District 3.

We have a lot to do over the coming months and I am excited about the future. It’s time to look forward, embrace new and fresh perspectives and bring our district together. I welcome the challenge and I’m excited to work with all local unions to deliver results for members.

Our union has always come together to fight for better – and we will keep doing that.

For the last 25 years, I have proudly worked with our union as the Assistant to the Director and as a servicing staff representative to get things done. I have seen and heard from many activists and local union leaders during that time. We need your activism and ideas now to move our district forward.

In the weeks ahead, I will meet with district staff and local union leaders to set targets for activities focused on what local unions need to help them better educate, service, bargain, communicate and build a stronger future for our members.

I will be working with our staff and Education Coordinator, Dayna Sykes, to plan for our annual summer school, complete training for local union officers, and provide more training opportunities for our members. Moving forward, it will be easier for local unions to request and book member education specific to your needs in a timely way.

Right away, there is an international mining conference and a Basic Steel conference coming up in April. It is important that our district is well represented at these events, as well as at the upcoming USW International Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas, the National Gathering of Indigenous Steelworkers in Sault Ste. Marie and the National Women’s Conference in Quebec City. I look forward to setting dates for the next District 3 Conference and the District 3 Health, Safety and Environment conference and getting out to meet with locals and members all across Western Canada.

Existing programs such as Women of Steel, NextGen, Veterans of Steel, Steel Pride, the Aboriginal Working Group and other initiatives have taken a path to make our district more inclusive and diverse. I look forward to expanding and adding programs to better understand, advocate and be more responsive to the diverse needs across our district. This includes building on the anti-racism work our Canadian National Office started and creating space for differently-abled members.

I have heard from many young workers with new and innovative ideas to modernize our district and ensure it stays relevant to working people now and in the future. I look forward to keeping NextGen members engaged by providing more space, resources and opportunities while taking better advantage of our successful Leadership Development Scholarship (LDS) program to support young leaders in Western Canada and the north.

We have a lot of work to do, and we must find common ground and build our collective strength together as we move forward.

Your input is important to me and I want to hear what is working and where we have room for improvement. Please reach out with your ideas or concerns whenever you need.

We all believe in our union and Steelworkers know that we are stronger when we work together.

Let’s keep bargaining strong contracts and raising the bar with innovative and inclusive language.

Let’s continue fighting for safe and healthy workplaces.

Let’s provide more education to activists to represent members.

And, let’s keep advocating to protect our jobs and rights in provincial and federal legislatures.

Working together, we will have more chances of success. We are stronger together as woodworkers and steelworkers, miners and healthcare workers, screeners and telecom workers.

I’m excited about the future of our union. I look forward to working with all of you.

In Solidarity,

Scott Lunny
District 3 Director 

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