Algonquin Nation - HRSD
6 Kateri Street, Timiskaming First Nation
Notre Dame du Nord, QC. J0Z 3B0

First Nations and Inuit
Labour Market Advisory Committee
Syndicat des métallos                  

Jean-Yves Couture

Syndicat Representative

The Quebec Steelworkers Union

Historically, the Quebec members of the International Union of the United Steelworkers have always identified themselves as the “Métallos”. This name goes back to the foundation of our union and so eloquently describes the distinct character of the province of Quebec regarding its French language and culture.

The United Steelworkers, which is the main union, has always promoted decentralized operations in order to provide services tailored to the needs of its members. This flexibility has permitted the distinct character of the “Métallos” to express itself more freely within the Steelworkers structure. As such, the Métallosdu Québec benefit from a great autonomy regarding the national and international offices. This contributed immensely to the development and pursuit of strategies adapted to the Quebec context.

Today, there are approximately 60,000 members belonging to the Métallos du Québec. These male and female workers belong to some 200 local unions. This organization is administered by a director who is elected from among the direct universal suffrage every four years. About forty unionized workers are employed within the local unions to support them in their activities. In addition, specialized personnel offer a plethora of services such as union training, health and safety at work, pay equity as well as technical and legal assistance. The district also has information and public relations services and a specialized recruitment team.