Privacy policy

USW privacy policy

The USW has created this privacy notice to explain how we use information that you may provide while visiting our website and to demonstrate our firm commitment to Internet privacy. The USW may modify this policy from time to time so we encourage you to check this page when revisiting this website.

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website. The type and amount of information received depends on how you use the site.

Website usage/information collection

When you visit the USW website, we automatically obtain information from you about the name of your Internet service provider, the browser and type of computer you are using, the website that referred you to us, the pages you request and the date and time of those requests. We use this information on an aggregate basis to generate statistics and measure site activity to improve the usefulness of the site to our visitors. For example, we use this information to track which pages are most popular among visitors as a whole. We do not track the pages you or any individual visitor may look at during a visit to our site and we do not collect any other information without your knowledge and permission. We do not collect or store personally identifiable information, such as your name, mailing address, email address or phone number, unless you provide that information.

Collection of personally identifiable information

The USW provides Web forms so you may provide your contact information to engage in USW activities such as online activism (i.e., contact elected representatives), to place orders for products or services, to correspond with the USW or to submit a testimonial (i.e., share your story). Any information we collect, such as your name, mailing address, email address, type of request you are making and any additional information you provide, is collected and stored by the USW. The information is used to fulfill your request and track aggregate information about usage of these features. The USW makes every effort to ensure the secure collection and transmission of your sensitive information using industry accepted data collection and encryption methodologies, such as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).


A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. The USW website uses a cookie for measuring aggregate web statistics, including number of monthly visitors, number of repeat visitors, most popular web pages and other information. The USW will also use cookies to facilitate your online visit by maintaining data that you provide for online activism activities so that you will not need to resubmit certain information. The USW does not use cookies to track what specific pages an individual site visitor views.

Opting out of email and text lists

People who subscribe to email or text message lists will receive periodic updates from the USW by regular mail, fax, text or email. You may opt out of receiving future information via email or text. For those using email, simply follow the unsubscribe procedure specified on the email message. To unsubscribe from USW text messages text STOP to 32323.

Outside links

This site contains hypertext links to other sites. The USW is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site, and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of information you submit to us when you use our secure online forms. You are on a secure page when the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer become locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just “surfing.” All the information you provide us through these forms is stored securely off-line.

We use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also protect user information off-line. All user information is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Finally, the servers that store sensitive information are kept in a secure environment.

If you send us an email, you should know that email is not necessarily secure against interception. So, if your communication includes sensitive information like your bank account or credit card, and you prefer not to use one of our secure online complaint forms, contact us by mail or by telephone rather than by email.

Corrections/updating personal information

If your personal information changes (such as your address), or if you wish to have your information removed from our database, contact us and we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove that personal data provided to us.


All USW names and trademarks are the property of the USW in Canada, the United States and other countries.