PITTSBURGH — David McCall, a vice president of the United Steelworkers union (USW) since 2019, will succeed Tom Conway as president of the union after Conway died Sept. 25 at age 71.
The USW International executive board appointed McCall Sept. 26 to complete the remainder of Conway's term, set to expire in 2025.
Conway, known as a fierce worker's advocate from the community level to the halls of Congress, was the eighth president of USW International.
"We are all mourning a great loss," McCall said. "But even in our sadness, our union is strong, thanks in large part to Tom's leadership and vision. Now, we'll move forward the only way we can: together.
"Together, we'll honor Tom's legacy, as together, we fight for justice and fairness for working families."
McCall and Conway have remarkably similar pedigrees.
Both were USW International vice presidents of administration, the role that McCall has held since 2019. Both cut their teeth on union roles at the sprawling Burns Harbor integrated steel facility when they were younger.
The two joined Local 6787 with Bethlehem Steel, based along the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana.
Both served as grievance chairmen and millwrights while they were there. In particular, McCall established unemployment support committees and the Local 6787 food bank.
And both he and Conway have reputations as tireless worker advocates.