Nearly 3,000 United Steelworkers (USW) local union leaders and allies from across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean will meet next week to chart the future course of the largest industrial union in North America during the USW’s International Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas.
The union’s triennial convention runs from April 10 to 13 at the MGM Grand Conference Center. More than 2,300 elected delegates, 600 observers, international officers and staff, along with more than 100 international guests from unions representing 22 countries, will gather under the banner “The Power of Unity.”
The USW delegation represents a diverse array of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, chemicals, natural gas, health care, renewable energy, communications, transportation, higher education and the public sector.
Convention proceedings are scheduled to begin on Monday, April 10, at 10 a.m. local time. USW International President Leo W. Gerard will deliver his opening keynote address on the state of the union and the challenges facing USW members as well as working families across North America.
Guest speakers will include former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Canadian New Democratic Party leaders Tom Mulcair and Andrea Horwath, North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William J. Barber II, Napoleon Gomez, president and general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of Mexico, and Tony Burke, assistant general secretary for Unite the Union in Great Britain and Ireland.
Updates and video highlights from the convention will be made available daily on the union’s website, www.usw.org/convention2017. A daily photo collection will be available at www.usw.org/flickr.
To sign up for text messages, text USWUnity to 47486 (U.S.) or to 32323 (Canada). Social media updates will be available as follows:
- Facebook.com/Steelworkers, Facebook.com/USWMetallos (Canada)
- Twitter.com/Steelworkers, @steelworkers, @steelworkersCA (Canada), #USWUnity
MEDIA: Credentials are necessary for reporters to gain access to the convention floor. Call or e-mail Wayne Ranick or R.J. Hufnagel of the USW using the information above to obtain credentials.
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.
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