REGINA, Oct. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers, with its 16 local unions and two retiree chapters in Saskatchewan, is proud to announce its endorsement of Trent Wotherspoon for Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.
USW represents over 6,000 active members working in the private sector in the province. USW members work as uranium and potash miners, making steel and pipe, in sawmills and forestry operations, as taxi drivers, in offices and in a range of other manufacturing and service industries.
"Our members work hard and contribute to their communities and province and we see in Trent a leader who understands and embodies that hard work," said Stephen Hunt, USW Western Canada Director.
"Our union and our locals are fully behind Trent and the Saskatchewan NDP. The people of Saskatchewan need a Premier and government that puts working families first and governs for everyone, not just the privileged few," Hunt said.
"It's a tremendous honour to earn the support of the United Steelworkers, workers who build our economy and build communities all across Saskatchewan," said Wotherspoon. "Together, we are committed to defeating the Sask. Party and building a province that works for everyone."
USW made the decision following a meeting of its local leaders. The union heard from both leadership candidates – Wotherspoon and MLA Ryan Meili – before unanimously endorsing Wotherspoon.
"While our local leaders were unanimous in their endorsement of Trent, they were equally strong in their praise for Ryan, for his contributions to the party, his ideas to move the province forward and for putting himself forward as a candidate for Leader," said Hunt. "Our union is extremely proud to be a part of the Saskatchewan NDP and we are optimistic about the leadership of our party heading into the next election."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information: Stephen Hunt, USW Director, 604-816-2554; Brad West, USW Communications, 604-313-9185 firstname.lastname@example.org; Mitchell Bonokoski, Trent Wotherspoon Leadership Campaign, 306-531-5598
The USW is the largest private sector union in both Canada and North America with more than 225,000 members in Canada and more than 800,000 members continent-wide. The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing men and women working in every sector of the economy.