April 17 to 19, 2007
11 Colonel By Drive,
Conference Office: ONTARIO Room
Conference Phone: 613.560.7379
OTTAWA, April 13 /CNW/ - Developing a Workers First Agenda locally,
nationally and internationally is the goal of the United Steelworkers (USW)
50th National Policy Conference in Ottawa next week, April 17 - 19 at the
Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive.
Among the featured guest speakers at the conference will be Derek
Simpson, general secretary of Amicus, the largest manufacturing union in
Britain. Simpson's attendance will include a phone-in news conference on
Wednesday, April 18, with USW International President Leo W. Gerard. Gerard is
scheduled to speak to Policy Conference delegates just prior to the news
event, which starts at noon in the Westin Hotel, Quebec Room.
Another international guest at the conference is Mexican labour leader
Napoleon Gomez, exiled in Canada since the Mexican government had him
unlawfully removed from his position as president of the mining and
metalworkers union. On Wednesday, April 11, a federal court in Mexico City
ordered the government to officially recognize Gomez and remove the man the
Labour Secretariat installed in his place last year.
About 700 delegates and guests from across Canada, the US, Britain and
South America are expected at the three-day event at the Westin Hotel, Ottawa.
On Thursday, April 19, the union will hold a demonstration on Parliament
Hill, calling on the government to act to save manufacturing jobs, 250,000 of
which have been lost in the last five years. The demonstration follows an
exchange between delegates and labour critics from the three opposition
parties. The Conservative government was invited but turned down the request
Jobs are also on the agenda earlier in the week with a Tuesday morning
panel that includes economist Arthur Donner and Cec Makowski, Ontario regional
vice-president of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) union. The
USW and CEP have collaborated on a campaign to save forest-sector jobs in one
of the hardest hit regions, Northern Ontario.
The Environment is on the agenda with Dave Foster, executive director of
the US-based Blue-Green Alliance, on a panel Tuesday afternoon (April 17).
Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton is scheduled to speak to delegates at
9 a.m. Wednesday (April 18) and Canadian Labour Congress President Ken
Georgetti will speak at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
USW National Director Ken Neumann will give his keynote address on
All conference sessions are open to media.
For further information:
For further information: FOR A DETAILED AGENDA, CONTACT: Pat Van Horne,
(416) 347-0217; OTHER CONTACTS: Ken Delaney, (416) 986-1005; Ken Neumann,