Media Advisory - Steelworkers Hold National Conference About Organizing
During Hard Times

    WHAT:   United Steelworkers National Policy Conference

    WHERE:  Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West

    WHEN:   Tuesday, April 27, to Thursday, April 29, 2010

    WHO:    Hundreds of USW activists, Canadian and International Labour
            and Political Leaders

TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - "Building for Tomorrow's Jobs" is the focus of more than 600 United Steelworkers activists from across Canada, as well as national and international labour and political leaders attending the USW's National Policy Conference this week.

The USW's 51st National Policy Conference runs from Tuesday to Thursday, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by USW National Director Ken Neumann (Tuesday AM); USW International President Leo W. Gerard (Tuesday PM); Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti (Tuesday PM); and federal New Democratic Leader Jack Layton (Thursday PM).

Special guests include Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter; Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath; Napoleon Gomez, exiled leader of Mexico's Los Mineros union; Colombian lawyer Yessica Hoyos, whose father was murdered in Colombia because he was a labour activist; Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary of Unite the Union, Britain's largest private-sector union; and Novarck Silva de Oliveira, leader of Brazilian union STEFEM.

Delegates will attend Day of Mourning ceremonies at Toronto City Hall (April 28 noon).

Participants will be joined by Vale Inco strikers from Sudbury and Port Colborne on Thursday (April 29 at 1:15pm) and will march to Queen's Park for a rally in support of proposed anti-scab legislation in Ontario.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information: For further information: Bob Gallagher, (416) 434-2221,; Denis St Pierre, (416) 544-5990, (705) 562-8588,

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