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June 25, 2024

Update from USW District 6 Director Myles Sullivan

This year is a big year for District 6. We are busy preparing for the District 6 Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, happening July 8-12, 2024.

We are excited to welcome special guests during our plenary sessions and provide union education during our workshops. What I am most looking forward to though is the chance to offer members the special conference experience featuring the USW’s rich history at the underground mine on Bell Island, the beauty of St. John’s and learning more about the Newfoundland and Labrador way of life.

It is indeed a conference to look forward to and I hope to see many District 6 members in St. John’s this summer. Registration is open at usw.ca/d6conf2024.

Building up our union through organizing

Since the beginning of the year, our new member organizers in District 6 have been engaged in numerous
organizing drives. In the first couple of months into 2024, we have seen several victories from these efforts,
including workers in hardwood and plywood manufacturing, hospital security guards, bridge security guards and three Starbucks locations, resulting in five unionized locations in District 6. We now turn our focus to collective bargaining and training at all of the newly organized workplaces.

As we continue to build up our union through organizing, the union in Canada has engaged in a new member-organizing program. We want to develop a team of skilled member organizers, with opportunities to participate in training and working with staff organizers. The goal is for our members to develop organizing leads and work on campaigns, starting in your home area.

This program is a great opportunity for Steelworkers to participate in. Just like the manufacturing, security
and service workers, the Steelworkers union is always ready to support workers when they want to form their unions. Organizing has always been part of the Steelworkers’ DNA – we can’t forget that and help continue to grow our union.

In solidarity,

Myles Sullivan
USW District 6 Director

This article appeared in the Summer 2024 issue of USW@Work magazine.

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