Manitoba Steelworkers Throw Support Behind Ashton

WINNIPEG, Feb. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW), one of Manitoba's largest and most prominent unions, has thrown its support behind Steve Ashton in his bid to become leader of the provincial New Democratic Party.

Following a session in which Steelworkers local leaders, staff and activists heard from all three leadership candidates, the USW has decided to back the Thompson MLA.

"Our union has always taken our political activism and our participation in the NDP very seriously," said USW Western Canadian Director Steve Hunt. "We listened to the candidates, we listened to our activists and leaders, and we are supporting Steve Ashton, the person the majority felt best reflects our values and the direction we want to see the Manitoba NDP going."

Hunt added that while there was discussion about the past, the USW decision is focused on moving forward and unifying the party around core NDP values and principles.

USW has 62 delegate credentials to the Convention at which the leadership will be determined, and additional Steelworkers will be attending as riding association delegates.

"Our Union believes in solidarity and this endorsement means that Steve Ashton has the full support of the USW and our locals in Manitoba," added Hunt.

The United Steelworkers is one of the largest industrial unions in North America with over 1.2 million active and retired members. The USW represents over 5,000 Manitoba members in industries ranging from mining and manufacturing to the service sector.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information: Scott Lunny, Assistant to the USW District 3 Director, 204-940-3050, 604-329-5308, slunny@usw.ca

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