2018 is the inaugural year for the USW Local 1998 Member Awards.  The awards have been established to recognize member contributions in two award categories.



This award recognizes the outstanding performance of a USW 1998 member or members towards fostering and promoting health, safety, and environmental issues in the workplace.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to health and safety in the workplace. Commitment goes beyond the requirements of the employee(s) role; it is proactive and preventative
  • Works towards continuous improvement of health and safety in the workplace. For example, activities/actions taken to prevent injuries or illnesses and prevention of unsafe conditions or practices
  • Encourages others to initiate health and safety policies and procedures
  • Promotes effective integration of health and safety in planning processes in their work area
  • Takes an active role in and being a strong advocate of health and safety
  • Makes an extra effort to improve or correct a specific aspect of safety within the workplace


To recognize a member who has a positive impact on others in the workplace and promotes a positive union environment that is respectful, collegial, and supportive

 Selection Criteria:

  • Has performed a special act of kindness or service that has had a positive impact on other members
  • Demonstrated sincere cooperation, a positive attitude and exceptional willingness to assist others
  • Their efforts and contributions are above and beyond their regular job duties

Who Can Nominate?

Members in any of the five units (Staff Appointed, Casual, UTS, VIC, SMC) can nominate a member. Self-nominations are not eligible.


All Local 1998 members in good standing.  Members of the Awards Committee will not participate in the decision-making process if nominated. 

Nomination Process

Nominations are open from Oct. 4 to 25, 2018.  Completion of the Nomination Form is required.  All nominations must be received by Thurs. Oct. 25, 2018 at 12:00 noon.  Late nominations will not be accepted.  Applications will be adjudicated by the Awards Committee.

 Recognition Reception

Awards will be presented at the annual Holiday Party in December.  The award winners will be featured in USW Local 1998’s Steeldrum.


Please contact Margaret Bucknam at margaret.bucknam@usw1998.ca or 416-506-9090, ext. 222 if you have questions about the nomination process.