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Reproductive freedom is a worker’s issue

July 5, 2022 | Statements

As a trade union, the USW cares about all workers’ health and safety, human rights and economic security. The right to make decisions about one’s own body is fundamental to those priorities. In the days following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on access to abortion, our union in Canada reaffirms its support of reproductive freedom […]

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Tribute to Laura Ramirez, a pillar of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund

June 17, 2022 | News Articles

In May 2022, Laura Ramirez, who started with the Steelworkers Humanity Fund in 1988, retired after 34 years with the Fund and the Union. Laura was instrumental in setting up the foundations of the organization, building and maintaining relationships with partners and unions across Latin America. Her many contributions included building a women’s rights program, […]

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Sacred fire lit to honour, remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

September 27, 2022 | News Articles

On the morning of October 4, a sacred fire will be lit to honour and remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This fire will burn in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario during the third USW National Gathering for Indigenous Steelworkers, held October 5-6 in that community. The USW National Aboriginal Committee thanks Firekeeper Mishomis […]

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Women of Steel

The Women of Steel program gives women in our union the tools and skills we need to fight for and achieve equality and take leadership roles in our workplaces and in the USW.

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USW Guide to Women’s Committees

This step-by-step guide will help develop and support an active USW network of local, area, regional and district Women’s Committees.

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Resources on domestic violence, harassment, and workplace violence

Bargaining language and other tools to take action against domestic violence, harassment and other forms of violence.

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Taking action on women’s equality

At the largest ever International/ National Women’s Conference in Toronto in 2018, women from right across the union came together to build a bold plan of action to help guide our union and our activism at work and in our communities. 

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National inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two spirit/LGBTQ+ people

Long-time government policies and deeply rooted social beliefs have put Canada’s Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit/LGBTQ+ people at greater risk of violence. USW helped in the call for a National inquiry, because an injury to one is an injury to all, and because Steelworkers and our family members are among the missing and murdered.

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Women of Steel photos

View the Women of Steel photo gallery on Flickr.

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Featured resources

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit/LGBTQ+ People: Poster

Misc. Resources
May 16, 2022
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Closing the Gender Wage Gap: Submission by the United Steelworkers

Research & Publications
February 3, 2016
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Women of Steel Challenge Violence Against Women in Nicaragua

Reports • Research & Publications
January 6, 2016
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News

Image for Sacred fire lit to honour, remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Sacred fire lit to honour, remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

September 27, 2022 | News Articles

On the morning of October 4, a sacred fire will be lit to honour and remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This fire will burn in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario during the third USW National Gathering for Indigenous Steelworkers, held October 5-6 in that community. The USW National Aboriginal Committee thanks Firekeeper Mishomis […]

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Image for Reproductive freedom is a worker’s issue

Reproductive freedom is a worker’s issue

July 5, 2022 | Statements

As a trade union, the USW cares about all workers’ health and safety, human rights and economic security. The right to make decisions about one’s own body is fundamental to those priorities. In the days following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on access to abortion, our union in Canada reaffirms its support of reproductive freedom […]

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First meeting of the USW Network for Women in Industry

May 31, 2022 | News Articles

Women work in industrial settings throughout our union – mining, forestry, manufacturing, transportation. This new network provides a confidential space for women in industry to meet, discuss issues of common interest, share ideas and support one another. The Network for Women in Industry is sponsored by the USW National Women’s Committee and can pass along […]

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