April 28th, 2019 - Click here to read National Director Ken Neumann's statement on the Day of Mourning.   Local 6571 Activists Grievances Retirees Safety Links Collective Agreement Recent News Contact Info Unity Council newsHome

February 8th, 2019 - We're having a sendoff for Denis on Monday February 11th at Melanie Pringles in Whitby. Drop in anytime after 4pm. Hope to see you there.

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January 21st, 2019 - Want to be kept up to date with what's going at work? Our local has a new text service so that we can provide news and updates to our members. Just text "usw6571" to 32323. Follow the instructions. Standard Message and Data Rates May Apply.


January 5th, 2019 - There have been a few inquiries regarding the benefit recalibration. During collective bargaining last year, it was agreed that the negotiated benefits in our Collective Agreement were to reset as of January 1st of 2019 for both active employees and retirees.

If you are having a benefit issue, talk to a Union Steward.


December 21st, 2018 - The Company is handing out a Canadian Tire gift card for the "7 Year Safety Award" for no lost time accidents. As has been mentioned in the past, there have been guys at the plant who have lost time and pay as a result of incidents or injuries that have occurred at the plant over the past 7 years.  As a result, the Union does not believe that this award should be recognized. 

We would encourage you to accept the award, and donate it to charity. If you would like to add your gift card to the ones that your Negotiating Committee will be donating to charity - contact a Committeeman.

December 6th, 2018 - The latest Collective Agreement is now posted on our website.  

November 28th, 2018 - Due to the changes in the ESA that took effect on January 1st, those employees that were laid off and subsequently recalled after 2013 are now entitled to a third week of vacation this vacation year. The extra week of vacation must be taken by the end of March. If you have any questions, talk to a Committeeman.



October 23rd, 2018 - Over 1000 Steelworkers in B├ęcancour QC have been locked out by Alcoa and Rio Tinto since January 11th of this year. You can show your support and solidarity with these workers by clicking here.


October 15th, 2018 - New Collective Agreement booklets will be printed soon. Due to the high volume of payroll errors, we wanted to get the updated wage chart out. You can view the wage chart here.  
June 21st, 2018 - We have a new Collective Agreement. Click here to see the result.  
June 18th, 2018 - The Ratification Meeting will be held this Wednesday, June 20th at Heydenshore Pavilion at 4:30PM. Click here to view the notice. The Company will be shutting down for a period of time to allow those that are scheduled to be at work, the ability to attend the meeting and vote.  
June 15th, 2018 - We have reached a Tentative Settlement. Please click here to read the signed statement. We will notify you as soon as possible on the details of a ratification meeting.  
June 13th, 2018 - Due to the ongoing negotiating process, the Union membership meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow night - June 14th has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Thursday, July 12th.  
April 28th, 2018 - Today is the National Day of Mourning. It is a day that we remember those who have lost their lives at work as well as those who have become sick or injured from their work. We mourn for the dead and continue to fight for the living.......click here to see the statement from the USW on the National Day of Mourning.  

March 6th, 2018 - Nominations for the following Executive Offices and Committee Positions will take place on March 8, 2018 at 125 Albert St. in Oshawa during the monthly Membership meeting. All candidates shall be nominated from the floor at this meeting. Executive Offices:

Vice President
Recording Secretary
Financial Secretary
Inside Guard
Outside Guard
Trustees (3)

Committee Positons:
Negotiating/Grievance Committee (5)


February 27th, 2018 - Click here for an update on negotiations.  
February 12th, 2018 - Click here for the statement on the decision for the LETTER NO 58 arbitration.  
February 8th, 2018 - Click here to see a statement regarding the current Negotiations with the Company.  

December 12th, 2017 - Active employees should have received their vacation pay settlement, if any was owed, on November 30th. Retirees will be able to pick up their settlement from the Union office on Albert st. Click here to view the list of retirees that are entitled to receive money from the vacation pay settlement. Contact Janet Sharp to arrange a time to pick up. Janet will be available at the office on December 20th and December 22nd from 9am - 4pm. You can e-mail Janet at janetsharp@usw6571.ca or phone her at 905-576-2210 to arrange a time for pick up.

November 23rd, 2017 - Please click here to read a joint statement regarding the upcoming payout of the vacation pay grievance settlement.  
August 23rd, 2017 - Please click here to read the statement from the Gerdau Workers World Council regarding the recent fatalities in Brazil.  
May 29th, 2017 - check out the Unity Council news page for updates on bargaining at other locations.  
May 23rd, 2017 - please click here to see scholarship opportunities that the USW offers students!  
May 2nd, 2017 - The Canadian National Office of the United Steelworkers is hiring summer students. Click here to view the posting. Deadline to apply is May 10th.  
April 26th, 2017 - Click here to read District 6 Director Marty Warren's statement on April 28th. Click here to read the Gerdau World Workers Council's statement on April 28th.  
April 20th, 2017 - Brothers, due the failure in the Melt Shop, the Company and the Union have agreed to temporary changes in the overtime provisions. This coming Sunday day shift and Sunday night shift, the Company will be canvassing for extra producing shifts in the melt shop that will be paid at double time at the tier one rate for all those that work. If you have any questions - contact a Committeeman.  
February 8th, 2017 - Thanks to Frank and Ed for doing the canvass work and thanks to everyone for giving to the United Way. Our Local Union has been recognized with an exceptional achievment award. Read the letter from the United Way here.  

April 28th, 2016 - April 28th is the Natioinal Day of Mourning when we remember those who have been seriously injured or lost there lives at work. Here is the USW's statement on the Day of Mourning:

December 15th, 2015 - Brothers (and Sister) - recently the Company began handing out a prize for the 4 year safety award.  The award is in recognition of 4 years with "no lost time accidents".  As you may or may not be aware, there have been guys at the plant who have lost time and pay as a result of incidents or injuries that have occurred at the plant over the past 4 years.  As a result, the Union does not believe that this award should be recognized.  We would encourage you to inform the Company that you do not want to accept the award, and instead have it donated to charity on your behalf.  If you have already accepted the award, you can still donate it to a charitable cause.  The celebration of this award would have been encouraged had it not been at the expense of some of our brothers.

In Solidarity


May 1st, 2015 - If you'd like to help stop the sale of Hydro One, join the Public Hydro Coalition at their town hall meeting - Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30PM at the Jubilee Pavilion, Lakeview Park, Oshawa. For more information call 905-432-1269.  

April 28th, 2015 - Today is the National Day of Mourning. On average, we have around 900 workplace deaths annually... IN CANADA! That's almost 3 people every single day. Today we remember those who have lost their lives in an attempt to earn a living, and we resolve to continue our fight for the living.


January 22nd, 2015 - Brothers - Recently, you may have recieved a notice in the mail from the Company regarding the opening of the "pension centre". The Company sent this communication out without our knowledge or approval. Please note that as always, if you have any questions regarding your pension you may contact a member of the Pension Committee. The Pension Committee consists of Denis Kavanagh, Ben Burghout and John Catto.  

November 24th, 2014 - A few other recent retirees.......Congrats guys!






October 9th, 2014 - Congrats on your retirement Ian!