2018 USW International Women's Conference


The 2018 USW International Women’s Conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel beginning at noon on Sun., Oct. 14. Attendees should plan to arrive Sat., Oct. 13 or early Sunday morning in order to register, view exhibits and participate in their District Delegates’ Meetings. The Conference will conclude on Wed., Oct. 17 by 1 p.m. Return flights should be booked no earlier than 3 p.m. so delegates can participate in the entire conference.

Attendance is not restricted to women; however, local unions are encouraged to seek out female members who reflect the diversity of our union, as well as to develop the potential in members not currently active. There is no limit to the number of delegates a local union can send.

Workshops and sessions will focus on skills enhancement, global solidarity and strengthening the labor movement, all of which contribute to your local union’s capacity to better serve the membership, influence politics and legislation, and strengthen the labor movement as a whole.

Click here to download the call letter in English. | Click here to download the call letter in French.


Online Registration is now closed, but delegates can still register by downloading the registration form and faxing it to the number provided on the form. Walk-in registrations will be accepted on Oct. 13, 14 and 15 in Toronto.

Click here to download the registration form in English. | Click here to download the registration form in French.

Please note: each delegate’s home and email address should be included on the registration form because important conference information will be sent to them prior to their arrival in Toronto.

The Conference rate for those registering by August 1, 2018 is $250 per delegate. The rate for those registering after August 1 will go up to $275 per delegate. Checks should be made payable to USW Secretary-Treasurer and mailed along with your completed registration form to:

Women of Steel
60 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

You can also fax the completed form to (412) 562-2489. 


Get a discount on your travel with UP Express!

If you’re flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport and need to get to downtown Toronto for the 2018 United Steelworkers International Women's Conference, be sure to take advantage of the UP Express group program – and get tickets at 25% off!

Just visit UPexpress.com before October 15, 2018  and use promo code USW2018 to get your discount on adult return tickets from Pearson Station to Union Station.

UP Express tickets can be purchased at UPexpress.com. To get the 25% discounted group rate, attendees just have to use the promo code USW2018 on their adult return tickets (Pearson Station to Union Station) during purchase.

UP Express connects Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes – less than half the time it often takes by car. Trains leave every 15 minutes with the first train departing Pearson Station at 05:27 a.m. and the last train departing at 00:57 a.m.

To get to the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, take the subway from Union Station two stops north to Osgoode Station (Line 1, northbound towards Vaughan Metropolitan Centre). Buy a one-way fare at the collector booth for $3. Exit at Osgoode and walk one block east to the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel at 123 Queen St. W.


The guaranteed discounted room block is filled at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5H 2M9. 


Chelsea Hotel Toronto, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

The Chelsea Hotel is about a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride to the Sheraton Centre. To book at the discounted rate, follow the instructions below:

Reserve by September 21, 2018 to take advantage of your discounted group rate.


In cooperation with Professional Travel, Inc., we have made special arrangements for air transportation to the conference. Call (877) 499-1149 and select prompt “4” (group meetings). When calling Professional Travel, identify yourself as a participant in the USW WOS Conference and use code: 2018-USW-IWC. As always, the lowest fares are available only to those who book at least a month in advance or more. In accordance with the established policy of the United Steelworkers, the local/unit must bear the expenses related to attending. 

Travel into Canada will require a passport!

U.S, passports must be valid for at least six months after your return date of travel and have blank pages. The name on airline ticket must match your name as it appears in your passport. 


Simultaneous translation will be provided. Indicate your translation needs on your registration form. 


*Registration is now closed


Female delegates will take part in two workshops, one on the afternoon of Monday, October 15 and the second on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 16. Workshop sign-up is part of the registration process on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14. First come, first served.

Please use this list of descriptions to help make your registration process go more quickly! (Please note: Male delegates will attend the “Men as Allies” workshop both afternoons.)

Descriptions in English | Descriptions in French

All workshops are offered in English unless otherwise noted.