A Thank You to Carol Landry as the Chemical Sector Gains New Leader

USW International Vice President Carol Landry has never backed down from a challenge.

She negotiated contracts with copper mine bosses as the only woman on a 13-member bargaining committee and later as USW Local 7619 president. She organized many of USW’s chemical locals into councils and held regional meetings to provide much needed structure and attention for the sector.

When many U.S. managers were not following Solvay’s Global Framework Agreement, which committed the company to organizing neutrality and dialogue with unions, Landry orchestrated and signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Solvay U.S. labor relations.

A trailblazer, she was the first woman to serve as a USW International Vice President and the first woman to be elected Vice President for the North American region of IndustriALL, the global union representing 50 million workers in 140 countries.

As a long-time activist and mentor, Landry co-chaired the USW Next Generation program that develops new leaders. She also co-chaired the Lynn Williams Institute program, and was active in the USW’s Leadership Development program. As a Woman of Steel leader, she created programs to encourage women to take on leadership roles inside the union and in the community.

“Carol has done incredible work with our chemical sector,” said USW Secretary-Treasurer John Shinn, who has taken as head of the chemical sector. “She set a good foundation moving forward. We wish her the best in her retirement.”

John Shinn

As a staff representative for the USWA, Shinn serviced many chemical locals in the New Jersey-Delaware area. “So, I understand the challenges of the chemical sector and importance of health and safety,” he said.

“I look forward to meeting everyone in person and carrying on the great work Carol has provided.”

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