Uranium miners in Elliott Lake took action for the necessary health and safety protections that the company refused to provide. The result was a Royal Commission and changes to provincial legislation, which benefitted every worker in Ontario. Without the leadership of the union and the activism of rank-and-file Steelworkers, the risks faced on the job would be even greater.

The Steelworkers were one of the first unions to obtain collective agreement language around creating health and safety committees within workplaces. Activists in  Quebec broadened the fight and advocated, demonstrated and took action to pass loi 17 by the PQ, the right to refuse unsafe work. This language was later adopted by provincial governments throughout Canada.