The Steelworkers of Sault Ste. Marie represents seven union locals of the United Steelworkers, District Six. We have thousands of members working at Essar Steel Algoma, Tenaris, Soo Foundry, Midway Lumber, Community First Credit Union, Union Gas, Algoma Community Legal Clinic, Garda, Great Northern Retirement Home, Pathways, Collegiate Heights, Boniferro Millworks, Cashway, Soo Mill & Lumber, North Shore Industrial Wheel Mfg., Great Northern Nursing Home, and DriveTest.
Steelworkers in Sault Ste. Marie have a proud history of being in the forefront of change within the labour movement. We have, for example, established the Group Health Centre in our community, which is home to various medical services that are available not just to our members, but also to the community. The local Community First Credit Union (formerly Algoma Steel Credit Union) grew from the steelworkers' need for financial services for its members.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie is built upon the steel industry, and since the early 1950s the Steelworkers have been a part of that steel industry. The Sault has a population of about 75,000 and grew from a small town to a modern city when Algoma Steel Corporation was established in 1902. The city is also complemented by the forestry industry, power generation and government services. Another staple industry in our community is the Algoma Central Corporation, whose railways and steamship lines have serviced the city for the past century.