New Canadian leadership pledges to build on United Steelworkers union’s legacy

TORONTO – A renewed leadership team took the helm of the United Steelworkers union (USW) in Canada today, pledging to build on the union’s impressive record of fighting for improved working and living standards, health and safety and economic and social justice for all Canadians.

This election marks the biggest leadership change for the USW in Canada in nearly two decades. New leaders assumed three of the union’s top four positions in Canada, having been sworn in today in a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Penn., the location of the USW International Office.

Marty Warren, who previously served nine years as Director of USW District 6 (Ontario and Atlantic Canada) is the union’s new National Director for Canada. Warren replaces Ken Neumann, who retired after serving as USW National Director for 18 years.

Joining Warren on the USW’s Canadian leadership team are:

  • Scott Lunny, elected as the new Director of USW District 3, representing the union’s members in Western Canada and the Territories;
  • Dominic Lemieux, re-elected as Director of USW District 5, representing union members in Quebec;
  • Myles Sullivan, elected as the new Director of USW District 6, representing union members in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

Also sworn in today was Thomas M. Conway, who was re-elected as USW International President.

"Canadian families are facing some of the toughest economic and social challenges we have seen in generations. Our working and living standards are under constant attack by corporations and right-wing politicians who do their bidding,” said Marty Warren, USW National Director.

Known throughout his career as a consensus-builder, Warren reaffirmed the USW’s commitment to collaborate with labour, political and civil society allies in Canada and beyond to fight for economic equality and social justice.

"We will work together with our political allies to push governments at all levels for change that makes life better for workers and that builds stronger communities," Warren said.

"It’s a great honour to be elected by the members as the United Steelworkers’ Quebec Director,” said Dominic Lemieux, District 5 Director. “Real trade union power comes from the commitment of the members and the engagement of activists. It is by relying on our union's activists, in all regions, in all sectors of the economy, in all their diversity, that I will seek to exercise my leadership, by engaging as many activists as possible within our union and in our society.”

“Our union is ready to confront the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and I will work tirelessly to earn the trust our members have placed in me,” said Myles Sullivan, District 6 Director. “Together, we will build power through collective bargaining, organizing and political action, we will expand our initiatives to achieve real progress on diversity, human rights, equity and women’s issues, and we will strengthen our national and global labour solidarity alliances.”

“The USW is stronger because of our democracy, and I am honoured to have been elected by the members to represent our union’s largest geographic district,” said Scott Lunny, who succeeds Stephen Hunt, who served 18 years as USW District 3 Director.

“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. I want to thank Steve Hunt for his many years of dedication to our union. He has been a leader for decades and his contributions and successes have greatly benefited working people, in the USW and globally,” added Lunny.

The USW’s International Executive Board was elected during international elections held in late 2021 by the union’s members throughout Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. USW District Directors are elected by members within each of the union’s districts in North America, via a one member, one vote system.

USW members have directly elected their international leaders in a democratic process for nearly eight decades. The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America, including 225,000 members in Canada.


For further information:

Marty Warren, National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Denis St. Pierre, USW Communications, 647-522-1630, dstpierre@usw.ca

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