Marty Warren Takes Over as USW Director for Ontario and Atlantic Canada
TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is proud to
announce the appointment of Marty Warren as Director of USW District 6,
representing 74,000 union members in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
Warren, 49, takes over the leadership of USW District 6 from Wayne
Fraser, who retired Jan. 1 after serving more than 11 years as
"Canadian families are facing some of the toughest economic and social
challenges we have seen in generations. I am committed to ensuring the
Steelworkers continue to lead the fight for good jobs and to defend our
working and living standards which are under constant attack," Warren
"It is our obligation as trade unionists to fight for the interests of
working families. Steelworkers and the labour movement are pushing back
against the corporate agenda and its political backers. Governments and
corporations must know that they are accountable to the working people
of this country."
A lifelong Kitchener resident, Warren has been a trade union activist
for 28 years, beginning in the mid-1980s with the United Rubber
Workers, which later merged with the Steelworkers. Warren became a
full-time Steelworkers staff representative in 2004 and in April 2012
was appointed Assistant to the USW District 6 Director.
"Steelworkers across Ontario and Atlantic Canada will be well-served by
the experience, skill and dedication that Marty Warren brings to our
union," said Ken Neumann, the USW's National Director for Canada.
"I am confident that Marty will deliver the same fierce representation,
advocacy and activism for our members, their families and all working
people, which have been the hallmark of leaders of USW District 6,"
With 74,000 members and 50,000 retirees in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador,
Steelworkers District 6 is the largest of the 13 USW districts across
Veteran Steelworkers activist Tony DePaulo, a former USW Area
Coordinator in Hamilton, has been appointed as Assistant to the
District 6 Director.
Wayne Fraser served as USW District 6 Director from November 2001 to
Jan. 1, 2013. He joined the Steelworkers in 1969 while working for the
former Inco Ltd. in Sudbury, Ont., and rose through the union's
leadership ranks over a 43-year career.
"I would like to recognize the many achievements and dedicated service
Wayne Fraser has contributed to our union, our members and their
families over his impressive career," Warren said.
"Steelworkers and working people throughout our district have benefited
from Wayne's fighting spirit and commitment to trade unionism. He has
earned our gratitude and respect, as well as a long and happy
Warren has stated that he will run for the position of Steelworkers
District 6 Director in the fall of 2013, when USW members will vote to
elect their district, national and international leaders.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792
Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org