President Elect Isabelle Miller

ISABELLE MILLER
PRESIDENT-ELECT, USW LOCAL 1944

Isabelle Miller

Meet Our President-Elect

Isabelle Miller is the President-Elect of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1944. During the Local Union Election in April 2018, Isabelle was given mandate to lead the membership. Meet our National President through this brief bio.

Isabelle Miller has been a trade union activist for decades. Her union experience with the Telecommunication Workers Union (TWU) began in 2005, after Telus’ acquisition of Clearnet Inc., where she worked as a Major Accounts Representative within the call centre. She was elected that year as a delegate and appointed as a Shop Steward at the induction of the then Local 602. In 2006, she joined the National Executive Council as a full-time Officer of the TWU.

During the course of Isabelle’s career working full time for the TWU and USW Local 1944, she has held many positions on various boards and committees. In 2006, Isabelle was officially elected as the first ever Business Agent in Québec, becoming one of the three first people of colour ever elected to the TWU Executive – a position she held until 2015. Isabelle was re-acclaimed for three consecutive terms as a Business Agent, until her election as Vice-President in 2015, after the TWU merged with the USW.

Isabelle is also Director on the Quebec Federation of Labour Board of Directors since 2006, and since 2014, an International Executive Board Member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists representing the USW, where her focus is on International Affairs. 

Isabelle has also facilitated courses and workshops in various venues and conferences throughout the years, and she has been invited to speak as a labour expert on multiple occasions by the Local Union, the United Steelworkers, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and several law firms.

Her career in labour did not stop her from continuing her pursuit of higher education. Isabelle was awarded the Ann Newman Scholarship for young workers in 2011, which allowed her to attend McGill University, where she completed a mini-MBA in Executive Development in 2012, while continuing her full-time union work.

Isabelle’s passion and commitment to promote gender, racial, and sexual orientation equality rights did not go unnoticed. In 2014, her contributions to the labour community were recognized by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), that awarded her with the Leading Star Labour Award.

Isabelle’s strong values of education, social responsibility and community make her a true leader and mentor to labour and social justice activists throughout the continent.