Steelworkers support measures aimed to help Ukraine

TORONTO, BURNABY, B.C. – The United Steelworkers union (USW) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine and supports measures from the Canadian government to help the Ukrainian people.

“The USW stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and strongly condemns Putin’s unjustified invasion of the country,” said Marty Warren, USW National Director for Canada. “The Canadian government must take swift action to support Ukrainian workers and families. While the USW fully supports measures to press Russia to bring an end to the attack on Ukraine, the Canadian government must ensure that the livelihoods of thousands of EVRAZ workers are not unfairly imperilled.”

Although the Canadian government has not ruled out economic sanctions against Russian companies such as EVRAZ plc, the Steelworkers note that EVRAZ North America operates independently in Regina and Calgary, in all areas, including procurement of raw materials, operating production facilities and corporate financing. EVRAZ employs over 1,000 members at facilities in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and many more local businesses and jobs are dependent on their operations.

“Hundreds of Steelworkers are employed by EVRAZ and the Canadian government must consider the impacts on these workers and the local community,” said Mike Day, USW Local 5890 President. “Our members come to work to produce high-quality Canadian steel used in critical infrastructure projects across the country. Their livelihoods shouldn’t be imperilled because of the actions of a foreign billionaire.”

“We recognize the importance of this issue to our members and for the government to take strong action against Putin’s reprehensible acts. But, let me be clear, our members also expect our government to stand up for their families, their jobs and community,” said Scott Lunny, USW District Director for Western Canada. “Our union calls on Minister Chrystia Freeland to do all in her power to minimize the impact of any sanctions on EVRAZ workers. We welcome further dialogue with the Minister to ensure our members, local businesses and the community are not harmed.”


For further information:

Marty Warren, National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Scott Lunny, USW District 3 Director, 604-329-5308, slunny@usw.ca
Brett Barden, USW Communications, 604-445-6956, bbarden@usw.ca

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