David McCall

David McCall

International Vice President (Administration)

David McCall is the newly installed USW International Vice President (Administration). 

He has been the Director of District 1, which encompasses Ohio, since 1998, when the International Executive Board named him to the position. He was elected and re-elected by USW members to represent them on the International Executive Board five times: 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017.

McCall’s career of fighting for fairness and justice, which spans decades, began in Northwest Indiana with Local 6787 at Bethlehem Steel’s sprawling Burns Harbor integrated steel facility. There, while working as a millwright, he was elected to various positions including grievance chairman and vice president before he joined the staff of the International Union in 1985.

He served as Sub-District Director in Gary, Ind., from 1989 until 1997, when he became Assistant Director of District 7.

McCall is currently secretary of the USW Constitution Committee and chairs USW master contract negotiations with ArcelorMittal, Republic Steel, Timken, Graphics Packaging and others. He is vice president of the Ohio AFL-CIO.

From his earliest accomplishments, like establishing the Local 6787 food bank and unemployment support committees, to representing tens of thousands of workers in negotiating and enforcing contracts, McCall’s career has been dedicated to improving the lives and standards of living for Steelworkers, retirees and their families.

After the crisis in American steel that resulted in 50 companies seeking bankruptcy protection between 1998 and 2002, McCall fought to restore benefits to tens of thousands of retirees who lost their insurance in federal bankruptcy court through innovative Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) trusts. His leadership during the recent prolonged global economic recession helped enable the USW to preserve thousands of jobs with a focus on long-term viability and sustainability. 

McCall graduated from the Labor Studies Program at Indiana University-Northwest in 1973 and the Harvard University Trade Union Program in Cambridge, Mass., in 1990.