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USW Local 6500

 Welcome to USW Local 6500

Local 6500 has over 2600 members in the Sudbury area alone, representing production and maintenance workers in mining, milling, smelting and refining at Vale’s Sudbury operations.

Local 6500 members take pride in being good neighbours and helping to build a strong, vibrant community. Please feel free to drop by to speak to your Union Representatives; that’s what we’re here for! 

Recent News

Earlier this morning around 4:45 a.m., all remaining workers were evacuated from the Totten Mine, outside of Sudbury. All rescue crew members made it up safely to the surface, ending a two and a half day mission.
SUDBURY, Ont., September 28, 2021 – Rescue efforts continue for the remaining four workers who are still underground at Vale’s Totten Mine. Earlier today, 35 workers were safely evacuated and are now resting at home.
“When an incident like this unfortunately happens, everyone comes together. The miners support each other, the highly trained mine rescue teams come together and the whole community waits patiently praying for the safe return of every one of the 39 miners to surface,” said Nick Larochelle, USW Local 6500 President, representing 30 of the 39 miners. Union officials have been on-site all night at the mine and are working closely with Vale for the safe return of all miners.

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