Workers Uniting, representing three million members, is the international union created by Unite. Unite is the biggest union in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland. It’s also United Steelworkers North America’s largest private sector union. Workers Uniting is building international labour activism, recognizing that uniting as workers across international boundaries is the only way to challenge the injustices of globalization.
Workers Uniting draws on the energies of more than three million active and retired workers from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland who work in virtually every sector of the global economy, including manufacturing, service, mining and transportation.
“This union is crucial for challenging the growing power of global capital,” says USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Globalization has given financiers license to exploit workers in developing countries at the expense of our members in the developed world. Only global solidarity among workers can overcome this sort of global exploitation wherever it occurs.”
Signing of the Workers Uniting merger document took place on July 2, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the USW’s Constitutional Convention.
The new global union’s founding constitution calls on its combined membership to “build global union activism, recognizing that uniting as workers across international boundaries is the only way to challenge the injustices of globalization.”
Consistent with this calling, workers uniting will “match our words with action and resources, utilizing our collective expertise and knowledge through collective bargaining, organizing, global political action and international solidarity.”