First Global Union Being Created to Build Bargaining Power

    LAS VEGAS, June 27 /CNW/ - The world's first global union will be
unveiled at the United Steelworkers (USW) international convention next week
in Las Vegas.
    The USW's top international officers, executive board and 3,500 elected
local union leaders from North America's steel, paper, rubber and tire,
mining, oil and service sector workplaces will sign a document finalizing a
15-month process in the first step towards a global union, a process that
started at the USW's Canadian Policy Conference in Ottawa in April 2007.
    The formal signing of the agreement with Derek Simpson, general secretary
of the UK-based international union Unite (Amicus Section) will be on
Wednesday, July 2 at around 11:45 a.m. PDT (2:45 p.m., EDT; 7:45 p.m., BST in
the UK). The signing and remarks by USW International President Leo W. Gerard
and Simpson will be transmitted via live webcast linked on the union's
    Also speaking to the convention will be Canadian Labour Congress
President Ken Georgetti on Tuesday, July 1 at 3:15 p.m. Federal New Democratic
Party Leader Jack Layton will speak at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and US Democratic
Party presidential candidate Barack Obama will speak via satellite on
Wednesday, July 2 at 2:30 p.m.
    "This is an exciting convention from a global perspective," said USW
Canadian National Director Ken Neumann, who is also a vice president of the
International USW. "For Canadians, this new global union is the right response
to the global economy and its impact on working people everywhere."
    The name and structure of the new global union will be announced to
convention delegates and will represent more than three million active and
retired workers from the US, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland. Further
information will be available after the agreement is signed on the USW's
international website, and Britain's Unite (Amicus and T&GWU sections)

    The USW represents 1.2 million active and retired workers in the US,
Canada, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Aruba. There are more than 280,000
members in Canada alone.

For further information:

For further information: Pat Van Horne, (416) 347-0217; Gary Hubbard,
(202) 256-8125

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