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  • Lac-Mégantic Verdicts a Tremendous Relief for Accused and All Workers January 19, 2018
    LAC-MÉGANTIC, Que. – The United Steelworkers (USW) welcomes today’s jury’s acquittal of three workers charged in the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) train derailment in the heart of this community that left 47 people dead in 2013. “Nearly five years later, this verdict is a tremendous relief for these workers and their families,” said Steelworkers’ […]
  • The Straitjacket of Inflation Targeting: How the Bank of Canada Undermines Workers’ Bargaining Power January 19, 2018
    On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Bank of Canada announced that it was raising the target for the overnight rate by .25 basis points, from 1.00% to 1.25%. With this adjustment to the overnight rate, the third rate increase in the previous six months, the Bank of Canada seeks to put the brakes on what has […]
  • Alcoa's Lockout of Quebec Employees Is a Poor Business Decision January 17, 2018
    BÉCANCOUR, Que. - With aluminum giant Alcoa set to report its 2017 fourth-quarter and year-end results, the United Steelworkers is appealing to shareholders to question the ramifications of the company's lockout of more than 1,000 Quebec employees. "Shareholders must question the company's decisions to unilaterally pull the plug on collective bargaining that was in full […]
  • Proceed Quickly on New Ombudsperson, Steelworkers Urge Feds January 17, 2018
    OTTAWA – The United Steelworkers (USW) is calling for quick implementation of a new Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), announced today by the federal Minister of International Trade. “The Minister is to be commended for seeing the need for an ombudsperson and for recognizing the positive contribution it can make in encouraging respect for […]
  • 2018 Women's March January 15, 2018
    Waterloo Region March9amOpen Sesame220 King St. W.Kitchener, ON N2G 1A9 Thunder Bay March10am – 12pmThunder Bay City Hall500 Donald St. E.Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4 London March10am – 1pmVictoria Park, NW Corner580 Clarence St.London, ON N6A 3N1 Windsor March11am – 1pmWindsor City Hall350 City Hall Sq. W.Windsor, ON N9A 6S1 North Bay March11amNorth Bay City […]
  • Union Protests Shaw’s Plan to Close Freedom Mobile Call Centre in Windsor January 15, 2018
    VANCOUVER – The decision by Shaw Communications to close its Freedom Mobile call centre in Windsor, Ont., is an unjustified attack on employees, the United Steelworkers (USW) says. Shaw’s decision to move its call centre activity to its operation in Victoria, B.C. will affect over 130 hard-working employees and their families in Windsor. “Freedom and […]
  • USW Potash Locals United Like Never Before Following Strategic Meetings January 12, 2018
    SASKATOON - The United Steelworkers Potash Locals have concluded two days of successful and productive meetings in Saskatoon, Sask., where local unions came together to discuss a number of issues important to Steelworkers who work in potash mines in the province. USW Locals 189, 7458, 7689, 7656, 7552 and 7916 were joined by District 3 […]
  • What Are the Real Issues Behind ABI’s Odious Lockout? January 12, 2018
    BÉCANCOUR, Que. – Locked-out workers at the ABI aluminum smelter and the entire Mauricie region of Quebec stand to suffer from an odious lockout that might have been prevented had the company’s foreign owners given local plant officials a mandate to settle at the bargaining table. “We realized yesterday that a series of potlines was being […]
  • ABI Shuns Offer to Negotiate, Cavalierly Locks Out Employees January 11, 2018
    BÉCANCOUR, Que. – The United Steelworkers (USW) is denouncing a management decision at the ABI aluminum smelter – made with the consent of co-owners Alcoa and Rio Tinto – to lock out employees at 3 a.m. today without warning. “This is a cavalier act by this company, right after we held out an olive branch and […]
  • Tim Hortons Workers Need a Union January 11, 2018
    By Marty WarrenOntario and Atlantic Director, United Steelworkers Ontario coffee drinkers are rightfully dismayed that the owners of some Tim Hortons franchises have chosen to cut back on their workers’ benefits, paid breaks and even tips in response to the minimum wage increase to $14 an hour. Ontario workers are right to be concerned that […]
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