Ken Neumann Statement on Black History Month 2020

In our union’s proud history of promoting and supporting equality, Steelworkers celebrate Black History Month each February. Steelworkers of all races and backgrounds are also part of a larger community of equality-seeking groups.

During Black History Month, Steelworkers celebrate the accomplishments of Black Canadian people in society, acknowledge the achievements of activists in our union and encourage Steelworkers to continue the struggle for equality. We are beginning to better recognize that despite advances in equality, racism has played a historic part in our national experience. This experience has also led to discrimination against Black immigrants and Black Canadians in our workplaces.

In support and celebration of Black History Month, Steelworkers can become activists and allies by: 

  • Creating a Human Rights Committee in your local or unit by using the mandate in the USW Constitution’s Article VII, Section 12.
  • Working with organizations such as the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).
  • Standing up and speaking out on your own against racist comments and jokes in our communities and workplaces
  • Joining the New Democratic Party, whether federally or provincially, to contribute to the elimination of racial discrimination.

The principles of equality are essential to Steelworkers solidarity in our workplaces and social justice in our communities. I ask all Steelworkers to join me in celebrating Black History Month this February. Beyond that, I urge you to always continue the fight for equality.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
National Director

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