Category - Labor Unions

Steppin’ Out Radio announces a new show targeted specifically to union workers who may be experiencing their own, unique issues with substance abuse, mental health issues and PTSD. Hosted by Allan McDougall of the United Steel Workers Emergency Response Team (ERT), the podcast will feature true stories from union members who have overcome and are recovering from addiction, mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In addition to coordinating the ERT program, McDougall facilitates educational programs for the union. He is also the author of “Breaking Through, Discovering the Riches Within,” a memoir dealing with his alcoholism and recovery.

*If you are a USW member who needs help with addiction or assistance helping someone else with addiction, visit usw.to/AddictionSupport and a member of our union will connect you with the resources to get you help.

Labor Unions – Gary

Gary grew up in an abusive home which he thinks contributes to his drinking.  He was forced as a child to sample wine at Christmas, and while he didn’t like it then, he would later as a teen sneak drinks from his...

Labor Unions – Don

Don sits down to tell his story on his 37th anniversary of sobriety, and he remembers vividly that decision to stop drinking.  But he also remembers when he began, at age 18, having finished high school.  Immediately after...

Labor Unions – Bruce

Bruce remembers his first drink as a teenager, and it made his depression and shyness disappear.  He would chase the feeling into young adulthood, drinking and doing drugs.  At age 21, he married his girlfriend, but has no...

Labor Unions – Bill

Bill grew up in eastern Ontario, moving around frequently because his father was in the military.  As he and his brother so often relocated, they never allowed themselves to get too attached to friends.  Both Bill and his brother...

Labor Unions – Ken

Ken’s first drink came at age four, swigging sweet red wine at his parent’s Christmas party. Ken remembers feeling funny and getting caught by grandma.  In his teens, he and his friends would steel booze from family...

Labor Unions – John

Growing up in Ontario as the son of Finnish immigrants, John clearly remembers being the shyest of children.  His shyness often converted to fear, and he inexplicably chose to hide in his parents car whenever the family would pay...

Labor Unions – Mario

Mario grew up in a French-Canadian family and thinks he had his first drink when he was eight years-old.  It didn’t take long for he and his friends to sneak beer and liquor with his friends.  His drinking lead to marijuana...

Labor Unions – Steve

By sixteen years of age, Steve had been drinking so much he was already sitting in bars all day.  He loved the feeling of drinking, and ignored the effects on his heath.  Even Steve’s doctor sounded the alarm to his teenage...

Labor Unions – Marcel

Marcel started drinking heavily at 18 years old. He met a nice woman, got married and quit drinking for 8 to 9 years because his wife didn’t drink. But when his wife had a work-related injury; she became severely depressed...

Labor Unions – Archie

Archie was five years old when he experienced his first memory of pain: He fell on a broken beer bottle. It would not be the last time beer would cause Archie pain; By age 12 he was drinking and by 18 he was drinking every day. ...