Creating equity

Changes in the workforce have demanded that unions remain representative and responsive. By applying the principles of equality, justice, dignity and respect within the union, the United Steelworkers has promoted human rights since its beginning. Steelworkers understand that everyone is entitled to the same rights and freedoms, regardless of race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation.

Calendar of religious and special days

Use this calendar to recognize special holidays of many faiths and plan local union meetings and events so that all members may attend.

2024

Human rights & equity photos

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Featured resources

D6 LGBTQ2SIA+ Inclusion Tool

July 27, 2022
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USW Bargaining Guide for Advancing Indigenous Rights – Revised June 2022

Booklets & Manuals • Reports • Research & Publications
July 20, 2017
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USW Guide for Women’s Committees

Booklets & Manuals
July 29, 2009
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News

A photo of four people wearing satefy gear and walking in a mine. There are mining equipments in the background spread around and large sandy surface. There is text on the top of the photo saying STEELWORKERS HUMANITY FUND UPDATE - June 2024. More text at the very bottom saying: FOLLOWING THE ILMENITE TRAIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF RIGHTS IN MADAGASCAR

Steelworkers Humanity Fund update – June 2024

June 13, 2024 | Publications

Following the ilmenite trail for the defence of rights in Madagascar Since 2019 the Steelworkers Humanity Fund (SHF) has been supporting a project aimed at strengthening union capacity and building solidarity with union partners representing employees at the QMM mine, which is owned by the multinational Rio Tinto. It is mostly ilmenite that is mined […]

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United Steelworkers celebrate solidarity with Pride

June 3, 2024 | Statements

The United Steelworkers union (USW) proudly joins 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in celebrating Pride Month this June. Pride was born out of protest, in the United States where it started and here in Canada too, often led by trans women and queer gender-non-conforming people. It was a time of defiance of persecution and an expression of both […]

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Eleven years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Canada’s unions honour victims and continue demands to improve conditions for workers

April 24, 2024 | Statements

April 24, 2024, marks 11 years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This terrible and avoidable tragedy killed more than 1,134 workers and injured more than 2,600, unveiling the horrific conditions of work for millions of workers in an unregulated industry, not only in Bangladesh but in dozens of other countries as well.

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More resources

Building Trust, Becoming Allies: Practical ways for USW local unions to engage with Indigenous members and Indigenous communities

June 14, 2024
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2SLGBTQIA+ glossary: list of definitions 

Research & Publications
April 23, 2024
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Report of the USW Task Force on Increasing Accessibility at Union Events

Booklets & Manuals
April 23, 2024
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Accessibility Checklist for USW Local Union Events

April 18, 2024
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Steelworkers Humanity Fund update – March 2024

Research & Publications
March 13, 2024
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Supporting good mental health: Practical steps for USW local unions

Booklets & Manuals
January 15, 2024
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Calendar of Religious and Special Days

Misc. Resources
December 12, 2023
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Pay equity backgrounder

Misc. Resources
December 6, 2023
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