Committees

Committee of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC)/Racialized Workers for Anti-Racism)

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Let’s fight all forms of Racism at U of T – Are you a USW member who cares about equity, inclusion, dignity, and racial justice in our workplaces at the University of Toronto? Join our fight to eradicate all barriers and correct conditions that disadvantage racialized members. Let’s stand up together against all manifestations of racism at U of T. The Committee of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC)/Racialized Workers for Anti-Racism seeks to advance justice, equity and inclusion within U of T, our local, and the greater labour movement. We are committed to addressing the injustice of systemic racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all other forms of oppression experienced by BIPOC members.  We recognize that white supremacy exists and that the experiences of BIPOC individuals can be shaped by multiple identities, including but not limited to race, gender, sex, age, class, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, and physical ability and that the intersection and interlocking of these identities can create additional barriers. We aim to break down these barriers and eradicate all forms of racism.  For more information or to join us email antiracism@usw1998.ca

Communications Committee

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The Communications Committee is responsible for the creation, design and implementation of communication strategies that are in alignment with USW’s vision and mission statement.  The primary goal of the committee is to build member awareness and foster active engagement of the Local’s activities as well as providing timely information to members.  The Communications Committee provides a comprehensive approach to outreach by leveraging various communications tools such as the e-Steeldrum, weekly e-newsletters, the USW Local 1998 website and social media.  We are always looking for members to get involved.

Women of Steel

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The USW 1998 Women of Steel Committee is about empowering women to be active in our union and in the wider community. Through our activities, we aim to build solidarity and mutual respect for a stronger union. We organize events and campaigns such as wen-do self defence and assertiveness workshops, lunch time speaker series addressing issues that face women in our local, and donation drives for women’s shelters. Everyone is welcome, so sign up to be added to our email list so you can help us organize future activities.

Next Gen

Next Gen

Be involved. Be an influencer. Be a leader in your union. Do all of these things by joining the NextGen committee. This committee empowers members to step-up and become USW Local 1998’s leaders of tomorrow. NextGen members engage in: cutting-edge learning opportunities, collaborative projects, activism, in-person and online socializing and networking, and much more. No matter what your age, all members interested in getting more active are welcome. We especially encourage the participation of more experienced members who would like to pass on and share their knowledge to the Next Generation of USW Local 1998 activists and leaders. So what are you waiting for? Kick ass for the working-class with Next Gen today!

Political Action

Political Action

Politics is for everyone, and affects everyone. If you are curious and looking to inspire change and challenge the status quo, consider joining the PAC committee. If you feel passionate about bringing positive change into your community at work or at home please join the conversation. Without motivated individuals behind good ideas, change is unlikely to happen. This committee mobilizes members to take action on important issues which affect our workplace, our union rights and our communities. Committee activities can include encouraging members to sign petitions, write letters, attend rallies and demonstrations, and support other unions on the picket line.

Human Rights Committee

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Our members reflect the diversity of Canada. We celebrate differences and believe that everyone is entitled to a workplace that is free from discrimination, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, status or sexual orientation. Our Human Rights Committee organizes speakers, events and supports campaigns related to human rights issues both in our workplaces and in the community.

Steel Pride

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The Steel Pride Committee works to foster equity in the workplace, at the bargaining table, and in our communities. We seek to create safe, educational, and fun spaces for LGBTQIA2S* folks and their allies. Steel Pride organizes events and supports campaigns related to LGBTQIA2S issues in our workplaces and in the wider community. The time commitment is very flexible and all USW 1998 members are welcome to join Steel Pride. *LGTBQIA2S stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit.

Health & Safety

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The Local Health & Safety Committee is a standing Committee required under the USW Constitution. Members of the Committee discuss and participate in initiatives and campaigns to improve Health & Safety in the workplace We welcome all members regardless of experience in health and safety.  The Committee meets approximately 6 times a year during the lunch hour or after work.

Communications Action Team

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The Communication Action Team (CAT) is a team of union members who want to bring attention to issues that affect our members, whether it’s distributing flyers or simply engaging colleagues in a meaningful conversation. CAT is particularly active during collective bargaining. There is no set time commitment, and no contribution is too small, so sign up now to see how you can help us help you.

Become a Union steward

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Stewards are members who volunteer to be members’ point of contact with the union within the workplace. To become a steward, members require a free five-day training course with paid leave. If you would like to know more about the experience, contact your steward. If you are interested in becoming a steward, sign up for more information.

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