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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Raising the Bar on Women’s Health and Safety

Steelworkers pride ourselves on being the health and safety union. Women of Steel are pointing to hazards and health issues they face as women workers. Let’s make women’s health and safety issues a priority for action!

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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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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

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Janet Baic looks to engage next generation of women Activists at Local 9548

May 29, 2024 | News Articles

When Janet Baic first started working at Tenaris Algoma Tubes in Sault Ste Marie, Ont., in 2013, she was only one of a handful of women at the Canadian pipe manufacturing facility. Now, in 2024, an influx of women at the plant is bringing a sense of revival to Local 9548’s Women of Steel (WOS) committee.

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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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The USW, CFLPA and White Ribbon train first cohort for new Elevating Action program

January 12, 2024 | Media Releases

Jasper, Alberta – This week, the United Steelworkers union (USW), Canadian Football Players’ Association (CFLPA), and White Ribbon took the next steps in an important partnership to ‘Elevate Action’ and end gender-based violence in workplaces and communities across Canada. The first cohort of CFLPA players and USW members were trained as spokespeople and leaders in […]

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