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USW Local 6166 would like to update the membership on what has transpired over the past few months regarding the Transition from a fully integrated plant at the Vale Manitoba Operations to a Mines/

The 9th Annual USW Hockey Tournament was held March 28th, 2018 to April 6th, 2018.

USW 6166 held elections on April 9th, 2018 and the following are the results:

On Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 USW Local 6166 held the annual King Miner Competition at the T.R.C.C. Parking Lot. 16 Competitors battled for the top prize of $2000.00, one-of-a-kind King Miner Ring, created by Don Johnson Jewelers, and the trophy and title of 2018 Ming Miner. 

After 11 grueling events, which include Hand Mucking, Hose mending, and crib building, Josh Forest won the title of 2018 King Miner for the second year in a row. Jason Stykalo came in second, Scott Kennedy third, and Gord Whalen 4th. 

Terry Mitchell is a retired United Steelworker and Disability Rights Advocate. 
He specializes in reducing attitudinal and systemic barriers while increasing access and opportunities for workers who have been permanently disabled in workplace accidents. His master’s thesis looks at the duty to accommodate through a human rights lens and aims to improve Canada’s workplace accommodation culture and business environment.

This summer at United Steelworkers Local 6166 I learned a variety of things from how to properly use a photocopier, to how much unions benefit the workers they represent. Walking into the union hall for the first time this summer, I wasn't sure what was in store for me other than utilizing and enhancing simple skills such as photocopying, organizing, cleaning, so mundane everyday tasks. But coming out of the hall for the last time this summer I left with a clearer and greater appreciation for the hard work union workers do for the men and women they represent. The people I met this summer such as Gord Medwid the Vice President of Local 6166 was one of the big influencers in the stories I heard this summer. Personally, he showed me understanding of past battles unions have fought such as the infamous Westray accident that left many families torn apart; he also taught the other students as well as myself the importance of these battles and what they did for the working person with the well-deserved passion he included in each story. The rest of the union workers also taught the other students and the importance of many things in regards to unions, such as knowing our four rights for our safety, something because of how many times we were asked to recite them, will never be forgotten no matter how many times we try.