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Renewing our commitment to fight racism: USW Directors’ Statement for Black History Month 2024

January 30, 2024
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Every February, Steelworkers across Canada celebrate Black History Month and honour the work and legacies of Black workers and activists.

Over the years, many Black Steelworkers have come through the rank-and-file membership to serve their members and the union. They have been activists, mentors, and leaders and have paved the way for generations of Black Steelworkers to make a difference by challenging inequality in our union, our workplaces and our communities. We celebrate them always, but especially this month.

Steelworkers have always believed that we should play a significant role in our union and in broader society, in the movement for racial justice. Throughout the year, and especially during Black History Month, as a union, we take the time to reflect on how we represent Black and racialized workers. We must actively oppose racism and continue to identify the ways in which we can strengthen our racial justice work through an anti-Black racism and anti-racism lens.

We will honour Black workers and activists by renewing our unwavering commitments to fight racism, discrimination and systemic barriers in the workplaces we represent, at bargaining tables, within our union and the labour movement.

Marty Warren
USW Canadian National Director

Scott Lunny
USW District 3 Director (Western Canada and the Territories)

Dominic Lemieux
USW District 5 Director (Québec)

Myles Sullivan
USW District 6 Director (Ontario and Atlantic Canada)

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