history

USW at Inglis

Members of USW Local Unions 2900 and 4487 manufactured a wide range of products at John Inglis Co.: washers, dryers, water heaters and other household appliances; kitchen utensils; large industrial equipment, even fishing rods. At its height, more than 17,000 United Steelworkers at Inglis made Bren guns for the WWII war effort. For more than 50 years, our union improved the lives of the thousands of workers who passed through the company’s doors -- and improved the lives of all those in the Toronto area. The union at Inglis also produced some of labor's most impactful leaders. USW International President Lynn Williams was a worker at Inglis on the water heater line during the late 1940s and a life-long, dues-paying member. International President Leo W. Gerard represented the locals as a staff rep during the 1970s and 1980s during some of their toughest fights. In November 1989, the John Inglis Company’s workers made their last products. But the wonderful memories of Locals 2900 and 4487 and their members will last forever.

The Memorial Day Massacre

This clip from the USW’s 70th Anniversary celebration relives the “Memorial Day Massacre” that occurred 81 years ago today. Several thousand workers who were trying to form a union had walked off their jobs in what is known as the “Little Steel Strike.” On the South Side of Chicago, striking workers rallied with their families and community members, then marched to peacefully picket Republic Steel. Police, out in full force, fired shots. Ten workers were dead. Thirty others were shot. Share this post to help us honor the 10 who lost their lives so that we could have the rights we still fight for today: Hilding Anderson, Alfred Causey, Leo Francisco, Earl J. Handley, Otis A. Jones, Sam R. Popovich, Kenneth Reed, Joseph Rothmund, Anthony Taglieri and Lee Tisdale. #1u #NeverForget