March 8, 1980 – “Women Back Into Stelco” Campaign
The “Women Back Into Stelco” campaign helped women gain jobs at Hilton Works, Stelco ( Hamilton , ON ). The INCO women in Sudbury also supported the campaign. Two weeks after the rally, Stelco was ready to talk about hiring women.



April 22, 1980 – Steel Company of Canada officially changes its Name
The Steel Company of Canada officially changes its name to Stelco Inc. despite the fact that it had been using that name on its annual report and buildings for some time. The name was changed to satisfy the new French language requirements because it was easier to use the same name in French and English.



July 28, 1981 – Strike at Stelco (Hamilton , ON) and Algoma (Sault St. Marie)
Workers at Stelco, led by Cec Taylor, took part in a 125 day strike (the longest in Stelco's history) due to dissatisfactions with the company's contract offer. At Algoma, workers also planned to go on strike but they ended up settling with the company for a $1.00 raise the first year and an additional 15 cents in each of the next two years. It was not until December 1, 1975 that Stelco made an offer that Local 1005 was willing to accept. Stelco offered a wage increase of $1.15 per hour in the first year with 25 cents in the second year and 30 cents in the third. They also agreed to joint occupational health and safety committees, changes in the contract language to include women, improvements in pensions, life insurance and vacations, and better locker rooms and canteens.




September 1, 1981 – Dave Patterson becomes Director of District 6
On September 1, 1981 , Dave Patterson becomes director of district 6 of the United Steelworkers replacing Stew Cooke. He was against strikebreaking and other anti-union tactics companies were using.



April 9, 1983 – Government Curtails ‘Agents Provocateurs'
At a legal strike at Alcan Building Products in Toronto , Ont. Claude Doligdeen was struck and killed by a tractor trailer moving goods out of the plant. This caused the government to introduce a new law, which prevented companies from engaging in “strike related misconduct”. Companies were not allowed to intimidate, infiltrate or provoke workers on strike.



1983 – District 6 and Securicor
District 6 won a decision against Securicor, a strike-breaking security company. Automotive Hardware in Toronto , had hired Securicor to send a spy among its striking workers. The spy tried to provoke workers to violence on the picket line and other illegal activities. Charges were laid against the spy and Securicor. The Ontario Labour Relations Board awarded the USWA damages amounting to $400,000.



1984 – Lynn Williams elected as International President
Lynn Williams is elected as the International President of the United Steelworkers, and is the first Canadian to lead the union.



1985 - Upholsterers International Union join USWA
USWA merger of the Upholsterers International Union (35,000 furniture workers).



1985 – Creation of Steelworkers Humanity Fund
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund was established as an international development agency by the USWA and became a model for other unions in Canada . This fund was the brainchild of Gerard Docquier, the National President of the USWA in Canada . Funds are created by taking one cent for every hour that bargaining members work. The Humanity Fund exists in about 530 Steelworker collective agreements. The Canadian International Development Agency matches the money that is generated. Steelworkers generate over one million per year for the Fund.



September 1985 - First Contract Legislation won by District 6 of the USWA
District 6's fight against anti union tactics won from the Ontario Government a pledge to introduce first contract legislation. The legislation would prevent companies from trying to break unions by stalling on first agreements and provoking strikes.

The struggle for safer working conditions was not over. Locals 5417 and 5762 in Elliot Lake , Ont. and Local 6500 in Sudbury Ont. negotiated worker-inspector agreements with their companies. Worker-inspectors were selected by the union to inspect workplace conditions and make safety recommendations.



1988 - Leo Gerard Becomes Director of District 6 in Canada
Leo Gerard becomes the director of district 6 of the United Steelworkers.

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