·  USW@Work magazine, Spring 2022

Workers across Canada turn to USW

From hotels to sawmills and long-term care homes to call centres, workers in virtually every sector of the economy are turning to the Steelworkers union to help improve their working and living standards.

Recent examples include:

Hotel Sacacomie, Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Que.

Disaffected with the representation they received over the years from another organization, 97% of the employees of the renowned Hotel Sacacomie signed Steelworkers union cards and joined the USW. The 70 employees include kitchen, service, reception and housekeeping staff at the hotel and spa in the Laurentian Mountains.

Foothills Forest Products, Grande Cache, Alta.

Workers at Foothills Forest Products became members of USW Local 1-207 in February after a majority of the sawmill’s employees voted in favour of joining the union. The 130 workers produce up to 120 million board feet of high-quality SPF (Spruce-Pine-Fir) lumber. They join 14,000 Canadian forest-sector workers represented by the USW.

JSN Motors Inc., Saskatoon, Sask.

Employees of JSN Motors Inc. in Saskatoon won a landmark decision in February when the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board ruled they could join the USW by signing electronic union membership cards. The ruling brings Saskatchewan in line with other Canadian jurisdictions that accept electronic union organizing. Welcome to the Steelworkers and congratulations on making history!

ADT Call-Centre, Calgary

In January, over 200 call centre workers at ADT Security by TELUS in Calgary joined USW Local 1944, which represents over 8,000 TELUS workers across the country. “We’re proud to welcome these new members into our ranks, and we will work together to ensure they receive the respect and proper working conditions they deserve,” said Local 1944 National Vice-President Pierre-Luc Dick.

CONMED Health Care Group, Ont.

In late 2021, the Ontario Labour Relations Board confirmed the will of 980 employees of CONMED Health Care Group to join the Steelworkers union. The workers, who voted to join USW and leave a labour “association” that previously represented them, work at four long-term care homes in southern Ontario.

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