On behalf of USW District 6 members, I am pleased to invite you to the 2024 District 6 Conference taking place in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

We’re ready to reconnect, fuel our activism, organize and build on our education together.

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

Registration is online only. Please read the following information below before registering.

How to register

A few items to note:
• Registration is online only.
• A unique email address is required for each registrant. You cannot register multiple people with the same email address.
• Space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Child care will be available. Complete the child-care section during online registration.

Fees: The envelope with the cheque must be postmarked by dates below to be eligible for the fee.
Early Bird: $400 – by May 6, 2024
Regular: $450 – by June 21, 2024
Late/at the door: $500 – after June 21, 2024

NextGen members only (must be age 35 years old or under as of July 11, 2024):
All NextGen Conference delegates are eligible for up to $500 in reimbursed expenses through the USW Family and Community Education Fund (FCEF).
Note: All fees must be paid upfront and submitted to the FCEF for reimbursement after the conclusion of the conference. Please contact Anita Byran abryan@usw.ca to receive a reimbursement form.

Only cheques are accepted as a form of payment. Cheques are to be made payable to USW District 6 and mailed to:

USW District 6
Attn: Heather Ross
200 Ronson Dr., Suite 300
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5Z9

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Where to stay

Reservations: The conference will be held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott St. John’s Conference Centre, 120 New Gower St., St. John’s, NL A1C 6K4.

Please note that St. John’s, N.L., observes Newfoundland Standard Time (NST), which is 1.5 hrs. ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) and 0.5 hrs. ahead of Atlantic Standard Time (AST).

Delegates are responsible for making their own hotel bookings.

Please utilize the online registration by clicking here or go to usw.to/deltasj, to reserve directly into the room block and receive the negotiated conference room rate at the Delta Hotel. You can also reserve by calling the Delta Hotel at 1-888-793-3582 or by sending an email to reservationsdtsj@whg.com. Please reference the code STL or refer to room block United Steelworkers (USW) District 6 Conference 2024.

Rooms are blocked at the Delta Hotel at the conference rate from Sunday, July 7 to Thursday, July 11 (check out Friday, July 12). Based on availability, the conference rate may be extended to three days prior to the room block start and three days after the conference ends. Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 12 p.m.

Rates: Traditional single/double rooms are available at the rate of $229 per night + tax. Third and fourth occupants sharing a room will be charged an additional $15 per person, per night. The room block cut-off is Sunday, June 2, 2024. After this date, availability and the room rate are not guaranteed. Reservations require a credit card and first night deposit. Cancellation or changes, including early departure, must be made at least 48 hours prior to arrival to cancel without a penalty of one night’s stay.

Delta Hotel Parking: On-site parking is available at the daily cost of $15 and $30 for valet.

Overflow hotels:

1. Hilton Garden Inn, 150 New Gower St., St. John’s, N.L.
Individual reservations only. To make reservations, go to the online booking portal at usw.to/hilton or call 1-709-383-1310. When booking, request the USW D6 Conference group rate. The deadline to book at this hotel is Friday, June 14, 2024.

2. Sheraton Hotel, 115 Cavendish Square, St. John’s, N.L.
Reservations can be made directly on the online booking portal at usw.to/sheraton. You can also call 1-888-870-3033 or email reservations@sheratonhotelnewfoundland.com, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (NST). When booking, please identify as United Steelworkers 2024. The deadline to book at this hotel is Friday, June 14, 2024.

How to get there

Delegates are responsible for making their own air travel arrangements.

Air travel
To take advantage of the group discount for Air Canada, contact WE Union Travel.
Contact: Lorna Parent, lorna@weuniontravel.ca
Tel.: 613-232-9908 or 1-888-676-7747
WE Union Travel will book air travel for this conference for a flat fee of $62.15, in addition to the cost of the airline ticket.

District 6 shuttle service
Bus shuttle service will be provided by the district only on Sunday, July 7 and Friday, July 12, 2024, from St. John’s International Airport to the Delta Hotel/Hilton Garden Inn/Sheraton Hotel. Detailed information will be provided to registered delegates closer to the conference.

Special events

Bell Island conference activity (Tuesday, July 9 or Wednesday, July 10)

USW District 6 is excited to give you the opportunity to experience beautiful Bell Island. We are sure you will enjoy the USW’s rich history at the Bell Island underground mine, the beauty of St. John’s and learn more about the Newfoundland and Labrador way of life.

In order to accomplish this for all attendees, the event will be held over two days. One group will experience Bell Island on Tuesday, July 9 and the other group will experience the island on Wednesday, July 10. You will attend workshops at the Delta Hotel on your alternate day. Unfortunately, guests are not permitted on Bell Island due to capacity.

The process below is important due to the timing and transportation required to get to the island and go through the scheduled conference activities. Below is the schedule for both Tuesday and Wednesday. Attendees will receive a coloured wristband or lanyard specific for the day’s group. Your selection for the day’s conference activities MUST be made at the time you register.

• Buses will be provided for pickup at the Delta Hotel only at 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• Buses will transport attendees to the ferry crossing where they will be taken to the island. It is approximately a 20-minute ferry ride.
• Activities for attendees include:
– USW solidarity event
– USW mine tour
– Museum tour and driving tour
– Wharf experience and Dick’s restaurant
– Traditional Newfoundland and Labrador lunch
• Buses will be provided for pickup to return attendees to the ferry and back to the Delta Hotel, which is anticipated to be mid-afternoon.

Workshops and Rally in the Alley (Tuesday, July 9 or Wednesday, July 10)

This occurs on the day that you are not scheduled to participate in the Bell Island conference activity.

Workshop attendees will be provided lunch and dinner before participating in a night on George Street for the exciting “Rally in the Alley.” This is an organized conference activity with three different venues and will include drink tickets, singing, dancing and a screech-in.

When completing the information online, we ask that you make your selections which cannot be changed after submitting your registration. If you have a special circumstance, please contact District 6 Co-ordinator Anita Bryan, 416-243-8792 x1223.

Agenda highlights

Sunday, July 7
Registration 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday, July 8
Registration 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Call to order 10 a.m.
Hospitality Suite 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10
Bell Island tour
OR
Workshops + Rally in the Alley

Thursday, July 11
Call to order 10 a.m.
Plenary 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Adjournment 3 p.m.
Kitchen party 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Kitchen Party –  information for guest of delegate

On the evening of Thursday, July 11th, we will be hosting a Kitchen Party Dinner. Join us to celebrate the last evening of the conference with dinner served in a St. John’s authentic atmosphere. Each paying delegate will receive a ticket to the Kitchen Party, which is included in the delegate fee.

Delegates may bring one (1) guest (19 years old or over) to the Kitchen Party, at the cost of $40. The guest fee is to be paid out of pocket by the delegate. As guest spots are very limited, delegates must secure the guest ticket during registration and send payment to the District 6 Office as soon as the registration is completed. Personal cheques or money orders must be made payable to USW District 6 and sent to the address below prior to the conference.

No cash payments can be accepted prior to or at the conference.

USW District 6
Attn: Heather Ross
200 Ronson Dr., Suite 300
Etobicoke, Ont. M9W 5Z9