The Steelworkers Vote program that trains and educates members to become engaged in the political process helped the federal NDP become the Official Opposition. Nicknamed the Orange Wave, the rise of the NDP under Jack Layton’s leadership raised the expectations of working people and shifted the discourse in our country to begin talking about progressive taxation, urban issues and income inequality.

The Steelworkers launched the “Give everyone a chance” campaign to pressure the government into overhauling the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that creates two-tier working conditions and gives bosses total control over workers’ status. The government responded to the Steelworkers’ public pressure and began amending the program rules.