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United Steelworkers International Convention to include 3,000 union members, allies

August 3, 2022 | Media Releases

TORONTO – Nearly 3,000 members and allies of the United Steelworkers union (USW) from across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean will meet for the USW International Constitutional Convention next week in Las Vegas to chart the future of North America’s largest industrial union.

More than 2,300 elected delegates, 600 observers, international officers and staff, and more than 100 international guests from unions in 22 countries, will gather under the banner “Everybody’s Union,” from August 8-11. It will be the USW’s first in-person constitutional convention since 2017.

“We are happy to be gathering in person again, and for the opportunity for our grassroots activists from across North America to come together to set the agenda for our union for the next three years,” said Marty Warren, who will attend the USW International Convention for the first time in his capacity as the Steelworkers’ National Director for Canada.

The USW delegation represents 850,000 workers and retirees in a nearly every economic sector including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, chemicals, natural gas, health care, renewable energy, communications, transportation, higher education and the public sector.

The proceedings will open at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8 in the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, and are expected to conclude by 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. USW International President Thomas M. Conway will deliver a keynote address on the state of the union and the opportunities and challenges facing USW members and working families across North America.

Guest speakers are expected to include federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Mexican Senator and labour leader Napoleón Gómez Urrutia.

Updates from the proceedings will be made available daily on the union’s convention site: convention.usw.org. A daily photo collection will be available at usw.org/flickr.

To sign up for text messages, text USWCVN to 32323 (Canada) or to 47486 (U.S.). Social media updates will be available at the following sites:

MEDIA: USW-issued credentials are necessary for reporters to gain access to the convention floor. Please contact Jess Kamm Broomell, at jkamm@usw.org, or R.J. Hufnagel, at rhufnagel@usw.org, for instructions on how to obtain credentials.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

Shannon Devine, USW Communications, 416-894-7118 (cell), sdevine@usw.ca (on-site in Las Vegas)

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