Steelworkers' 11,000-Member Council to Strengthen Post-Secondary Education

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) has created an education council within its union to advocate for thousands of employees who play an invaluable role in the delivery of quality post-secondary education.

The USW District 6 Education Council directly represents 11,000 USW members who work as administrative, technical and support staff at the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph and Queen's University in Kingston.

"The USW believes that every worker in the education system plays an important role in delivering quality programs and services," said Marty Warren, Director of USW District 6, which covers Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

"It is important that post-secondary education workers have the resources and support they need to defend their interests and advocate for a strong education system that benefits everyone in our society," Warren said.

As well as representing its 11,000 members, the USW's new council will advocate for stronger post-secondary education and for the interests of all workers and students in the system, he added.

"The USW District 6 Education Council will advocate for public policies and legislation that strengthen the post-secondary education system and that respect the rights and contributions of the employees who make the system work," Warren said.

The three founding locals of the USW District 6 Education Council are USW Local 1998 (University of Toronto), USW Local 4120 (University of Guelph) and USW Local 2010 (Queen's University).

SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792


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