Quebec and Maritimes

June 11, 2019 - Every year, USW Local 1944 offers three educational scholarships of $750 and four scholarships of $1,000 for any post-secondary institution, to children of union members graduating from high school.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

As we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, there are several lessons to be learned from this historic moment of Canada’s labour movement. Much of what workers were fighting for 100 years ago we need to keep fighting for today. With newly elected Conservative governments in Ontario and Alberta, we mustn’t take our rights for granted. Understanding how events unfolded in 1919 can prepare us for securing a better future.

May 17, 2019 - Check out the latest release of our [email protected] magazine at https://usw1944.ca/1944work-magazine.

The May 2019 issue features articles on the Alberta Federation of Labour Convention 2019, Telus DHT Conversion Canvass, Experiences from the USW National Policy Conference, reports from our workplaces, members’ involvement in our Local and in the labour movement, and more!

May 9, 2019 - Our Local Union is undergoing progressive changes aimed at reinvigorating, prioritizing, and engaging our membership. For quite some time, many of you have been asking for more opportunities to be mentored or further develop your skills as activists. Ensuring our future leaders receive the education they need is a top priority for our Local’s Officers.

May 1, 2019 - May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In 2019, there is still tremendous progress to be made to achieve diversity and inclusivity in our workplaces. To this day, Asian communities living in Canada continue to face individual and institutional racism, Islamophobia and ongoing socioeconomic struggles.

April 30, 2019 - A march is scheduled in Montréal on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, for International Labour Day. The march will start at 6:00 pm from the Park metro station (at the corner of Avenue du Parc and Jean-Talon). Among other demands, the march will support these crucial demands:

April 26, 2019 - April 28 is the National Day of Mourning. On this day, we dedicate a moment to honour the workers killed, injured or made ill by their job. As some Canadians’ governments are currently rolling back workers’ protections, the National Day of Mourning is a reminder that many of these occupational accidents are the direct consequence of employers putting profit-before-people.

April 12, 2019 - Check out the latest release of our [email protected] magazine online.

The April 2019 issue features:

March 27, 2019 - I’m very pleased to announce a change to the Local’s process of scheduling Unit Meetings, and to the content of those meetings. As previously announced in my President’s Message from February 14, 2019, many of you have expressed a desire to have less structured meetings, meetings that are much more about discussion, learning and plan making rather than moving through the regular order of business, minutes, reports, etc.

March 26, 2019 - On April 28th, we celebrate the National Day of Mourning and we commemorate workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards or disease. Local 1944 members in Quebec are encouraged to participate in the rally scheduled that day, at the National Assembly in Québec City.