On Saturday, January 30, thousands of USW members, retirees, sister unions and supporters came out to “Stand Up for Steel”. The crowd rallied at city hall and then marched down Main Street, up John Street and around to King Street before attending another rally at the Convention Centre.
The rally comes just as local steelworkers and retirees follow the bankruptcy protection process underway for U.S Steel Canada.
The CBC reports that this is, “a process that may or may not end with a viable steel company in the city and pensions for thousands of retirees.”
A number of important public figures were in attendance and took to the mic to motivate the crowd, including Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger and well as various key players of the labour movement.
The main purpose of the rally was to shed light on the very grim landscape of the steel industry as it currently stands.
USW Locals are extremely grateful to the outpouring of support they have received from various unions and the Hamilton community.
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