New management at the United Steelworkers (FTQ) - Daniel Roy Becomes Director

    MONTREAL, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Québec's largest private sector union,
the United Steelworkers (FTQ), is now under the leadership of Daniel Roy and
his assistant, Guy Farrell. The new Director declared that the United
Steelworkers (FTQ) will be involved in all actions intended to halt the shift
to the right that is evident around the world, and in Québec in particular.
"It makes no sense," he says, "to watch our political leaders standing idle
while our members face massive job cuts. Since the beginning of the year,
Québec has lost 10% of its manufacturing jobs. We need an interventionist
government to promote industrial and manufacturing development here at home.
We will join any fight that aims to strengthen the collective development
tools that we have put in place to ensure our prosperity."

    A strong Québec

    The new union leader says he is concerned by the lax attitude of the
federal government, which prefers to rack up surpluses instead of supporting
the Québec government. "The federal government must respect our jurisdictions
and pay out the money that our population needs. Why has it done nothing to
help Québec cope with the massive job cuts in the manufacturing sector,
despite repeated appeals by the Bloc Québécois? Why, after the ice storm, did
the federal government never pay out the funds claimed by Québec? Where was
the federal government during our fight to save Goodyear, apart from offering
an outward show of support? Québec is at the front lines on a daily basis when
it comes to providing services, while the federal government piles up
stupendous surpluses. We do pay taxes to Ottawa, after all. We will support
the forces in Québec that are determined to change this historical
aberration," he asserted.

    A strong international union movement

    Daniel Roy firmly believes in the need for a strong international union
movement. "The creation of world companies councils, and plans for mergers
with other unions around the world, as our union is preparing to do with a
British union, are examples of the tools we need to halt the advance of
neoliberal ideology and its accompanying economic and social horror stories
around the world. We must take issue against this phenomenon which weighs
heavily on democracy, calls social advances into question and violates human
    He has also made a commitment to make decisions that will enable the
United Steelworkers to better defend its members, for example, adopting a
preventive and proactive approach to dealing with closures, layoffs and
environmental problems.
    The months to come will bring some reforms designed to promote greater
effectiveness within the union, and the unveiling of more details about future
directions by the new team.

    Biographical Notes on Daniel Roy

    Daniel Roy was born in 1959 at Sept-Iles. A welder by trade, he was hired
by Industrie Raymond in 1976. He became president of his unit and then of the
amalgamated local, no. 7065, which comprised 1000 members at the time. In
April 1991 he was hired as Staff Representative for the territory of the
Côte-Nord, Bas-St-Laurent, Gaspésie and Iles-de-la-Madeleine. In 1999 he
became Coordinator for that region, where he was responsible for negotiations
involving locals in the iron industry on the Côte-Nord, among others. He was
appointed Coordinator for the St-Jean region in 2004 and, in 2006, he became
Assistant to the Director. He has two sons.

    Biographical Notes on Guy Farrell

    Guy Farrell was born in 1956 in Montréal. A fitter-welder by trade, he
was hired at the Dominion Bridge factory in Lachine in 1974. He became
President of Local 2843 in 1988. He became a health and safety trainer for the
Steelworkers and testified at proceedings of the Commission de la santé et de
la sécurité au travail (CSST) (occupational health and safety commission),
including those of the Bureaux de révision paritaire (BRP) (joint review
boards) and the Commission des lésions professionnelles (CLP) (occupational
injuries commission). He also served as trainer for most of the courses
offered by the union, such as those for union leaders, delegates, grievance
arbitration and retirement. In 1999 he was appointed Staff Representative for
the Québec City area, and then for the St-Jean area in 2002. He coordinated
bargaining in the steel industry and participated actively in setting up world
companies councils. In 2005, he became Coordinator for the St-Jean region. He
has two sons.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel Roy, United Steelworkers (FTQ), (514)
850-2240; Guy Farrell, United Steelworkers, (514) 850-2242

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