USW post-covid recovery plan

June 29, 2022 | Booklets & Manuals | Reports | Research & Publications

Workers and Communities First for Economic Recovery

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many elements of our society and caused significant upheaval to the economy. The most immediate response from governments at every level has been to provide financial assistance to affected workers and companies through a number of new programs. While the full extent of the impact is not yet known, and may not be for a long period of time, what is clear is that the economic aftershocks will be substantial and require ongoing government attention.

The voices of workers must be front and centre in the decision-making that is to come. COVID-19 has reminded society of something that the United Steelworkers (USW) union has always known: workers make our communities, provinces and country work. Most USW members have continued to work during the pandemic, with their work being defined by government as essential. This newly found societal respect will not translate to an automatic and corresponding increase in governments considering the priorities of workers unless we fight for it and force governments in that direction. District 3 Steelworkers have identified a number of priorities that should be central to any government initiatives and programs moving forward.


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