United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council: Battling For The Hearts And Minds To Make That Adjustment (2011)

Case study

This document offers an overview of the United Steelworkers’ Toronto Area Council’s Adjustment Centre, established in 2003 to help laid-off steelworkers upgrade their skills and get access to retraining.

Typically in Ontario, the provincial government’s Adjustment Advisory Program will work with one plant, company or union for six months to a year to help them deal with the effects of layoffs, the authors explain. Once most workers have adjusted, the adjustment centre closes and, as a result, the staff’s expertise is lost.

In a large city where many unionized plants are closing, the Toronto Area Council of the United Steelworkers saw the need for a permanent centre. The council and the Ontario government have provided most of the funding for the centre.

Six to eight months before a plant closes, the centre begins to coordinate peer helpers to help the workers. They assess each worker’s skills, enter the information into a database, and then return to the plant to work with individuals to develop a resumé. The worker has two weeks to review the resumé and discuss it with family and fellow workers prior to meeting again with the peer helper.

Workers can visit the centre to learn job-search and interview techniques and review listings of available jobs. Peer helpers also provide advice on retraining and educational options, and help with program applications.

Within the centre, workers can take basic and advanced computer awareness classes, work on their English as a Second Language (ESL) skills, and do math and English courses.

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Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS). United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council: Battling For The Hearts And Minds To Make That Adjustment 2011. Web. 27 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cws/cs_steelworkers/cs_steelworkers.pdf>
Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS) (2011). United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council: Battling For The Hearts And Minds To Make That Adjustment. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cws/cs_steelworkers/cs_steelworkers.pdf
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