Landry is a long-time activist and seasoned negotiator who joined the USW in 1986 at Canada’s largest copper mine. She held virtually every position in Local 7619 at Highland Valley Copper: shop steward, treasurer, vice president and president.
Carol Landry was the United Steelworkers’ first woman International Vice President, appointed Vice President at Large at the 2008 USW International Convention, and was responsible for the union’s airline division.
Landry is a long-time activist and seasoned negotiator who joined the USW in 1986 at Canada’s largest copper mine. She held virtually every position in Local 7619 at Highland Valley Copper: shop steward, treasurer, vice president and president. In 1989, when she was the only woman on a 13-member bargaining committee, Landry helped lead a 107-day strike that defeated company demands for outsourcing work, inferior wages and lack of opportunities for women and technical members.
Landry advanced to lead negotiations in 1998-99 as the local union president and stood firm against company demands for massive concessions and a threat of permanent closure. The contract that year tied wages to the price of copper, producing several years of increases for her co-workers.
It was just the beginning of Landry’s diverse and extensive bargaining experience. Appointed to the USW Canadian staff in 1999, Landry serviced local unions in the lower mainland of British Columbia and led negotiations in a variety of industries.
Landry was an instructor for the union for more than 18 years and has served as education coordinator for District 3. As a Women of Steel leader, she spearheaded programs to encourage women to seek leadership positions within the union.
Until her appointment to the International Executive Board, Landry was Assistant to Stephen Hunt, District 3 Director (Western Canada). Landry was elected as a Vice President of IndustriALL Global Union Federation in 2016 and a General Vice President with the AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees, serving both positions until 2019. She was also active in the Canadian Labour Congress and British Columbia Federation of Labour.