Court Update Rally
Buses will be leaving Union Hall tomorrow morning at 8:00am sharp, we will also be sending up car pools as the buses are full so we encourage everyone to show up at the hall by 7:45am to arrange ride.
If you would like to drive up on your own the address is at the link below. Court will be in session at 10:00am
If you would like to view CCAA Court Documents click on the link below
Steelworkers’ union calls for protest
United Steelworkers Local 1005 is calling all retired and active members of Local 1005 and 8782 to a protest outside MP David Sweet's office.
The union says more than 20,000 retirees and dependants would be affected by a court decision on a motion from U.S. Steel Canada.
The union wants to draw attention to the company's desire to cut funds for drug, dental and vision benefits for retirees.
Critics have said the Conservative government failed to hold the beleaguered steelmaker to employment and production promises.
The protest, at 1655 Upper James St. Hamilton, just south of Rymal Road, will take place on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
The Hamilton Spectator. read more
Call to Action
Buses leaving the Union Hall October 7th and 8th to attend court hearings in Toronto. US Steel Canada’s motion to suspend Drug, Dental, and Vision (OPEBS) for all retirees will be on the agenda. Call the hall to reserve your spot on a bus and to get the time that we are leaving the hall. The time of the court hearing is still to be determined; we will set a time to leave accordingly.
Steelworkers Provide Update on U.S. Steel Canada Mediation
TORONTO – United Steelworkers (USW) Locals 8782 and 1005 advise members and retirees on the progress of U.S. Steel Canada’s CCAA process.
USW has just completed five days of mediation in Toronto and the mediation is ongoing. The mediation is confidential and the parties cannot provide any details of discussions that have and are continuing to take place.
While few details are available, USW can say that discussions are continuing and have not broken off.
“To our thousands of members and retirees: we will continue to defend your jobs, your pensions and your benefits, that you have fought for and that you deserve,” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton
“Throughout this process, our priorities have not changed. We will do all in our power to protect our members’ pensions, their crucial health benefits and of course Steelworker jobs,” said Bill Ferguson, President of USW Local 8782 in Nanticoke. read more
The court date that was set for this Thursday October 1st has been tentatively scheduled for October 7th & 8th 2015.
Several motions are scheduled to be heard by the court, among them are U.S. Steel Canada’s motion to suspend benefits to our retirees.
We hope to have more information very soon regarding attending the court hearings.
For more information please call the Union Hall @ 905 547 1417
Update from Steelworkers re U.S. Steel Canada Court Proceedings: Rescheduled
TORONTO, 28 September 2015 – Due to developments late Monday, the United Steelworkers (USW) has been advised that U.S. Steel Canada court proceedings regarding benefits for retirees have been rescheduled to Thursday at the earliest, with the date still to be confirmed.
As the date of the court proceedings has changed, members are asked to prepare to attend court on Thursday, instead of Tuesday, should the date be confirmed.
Steelworkers Call on Members to Witness Court Proceedings to Stop U.S. Steel Canada from Abandoning Workers, Pensioners and the Community
TORONTO – The United Steelworkers (USW) are asking union members, retirees and community supporters to join them tomorrow to hear and witness the Ontario Superior Court proceedings as USW tries to stop the outrageous moves by U.S. Steel Canada to abandon its responsibility to Canadian workers, pensioners and the City of Hamilton. read more
Call to Action
Tuesday September 29th @ 12:00pm 330 University Ave Toronto Superior Court.
U.S. Steel Canada is motioning the courts to suspend Dental,Drugs and Vision Benefits to all our retirees. SHAME ON US Steel Canada. Let's fill the court house and let them know this is unacceptable.
CCAA Restructuring Update
We were notified by US Steel Canada today that a letter has been sent out to all USW represented pensioners.
The letter states that the post employment health, medical, dental and life insurance may be suspended in the near term for retirees, surviving spouses and dependants.
Just to clarify none of this can happen until a motion is heard in Ontario Superior Court in the near term. Also there will no change in your pension payment including your supplementary (bridge).
We have been directed by the courts to participate in mediation. We will provide an update as soon as possible after mediation or prior to future court dates.
Ant further question please contact the union hall at 905 547 1417.
Steelworkers Seek Court Order to Stop U.S. Steel
TORONTO, 18 September 2015 – United Steelworkers (USW) representatives will hold a news conference today at 3 p.m. in Hamilton to address U.S. Steel’s latest threats to its Canadian operations, workers and pensioners.
WHAT: News conference to respond to U.S. Steel threats to Canadian operations, workers and pensioners
WHERE: United Steelworkers Hall
1031 Barton Street East, Hamilton
WHEN: 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 18, 2015
WHO: Representatives of United Steelworkers District 6, USW Local 1005, USW Local 8782
“U.S. Steel has hit a new low with its latest threats to our Canadian operations and its obligations to our workers, pensioners and communities,” said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.
“We contend U.S. Steel’s plans are illegal and we are urging the courts to stop them in their tracks,” Warren said.
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For further information:
Tony DePaulo, Assistant to USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792, 905-869-0760,
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221,
Information Restructuring Update
We will be releasing a press release later this afternoon in response to the latest filing to the CCAA courts by US Steel Canada.
We would like to clarify that the supplementary (bridge) pension will be paid to all bargaining unit pensioners and surviving spouses.
This motion filed by US Steel Canada along with other motions will most likely not be heard in the courts until after next weeks court directed mediation.
Please don't listen to rumours. We will be holding a mass meeting for all active and retired members in the near future at a date to be determined.
Solidarity Concert and BBQ
U.S. Steel Must Be Stopped From Destroying Canadian Operations
TORONTO – U.S. Steel must be stopped from moving more jobs and production out of Canada, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.
“When is the federal government going to stand up to U.S. Steel and defend Canadian workers and pensioners?” asked Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton.
“From Day One this Conservative government has refused to hold U.S. Steel to its legal obligations to maintain jobs and production in Canada. Now the company is moving our highest-value production to the U.S. and this government is doing nothing in response,” Howe said.
Though U.S. Steel Canada is under court-supervised bankruptcy protection, parent company U.S. Steel has decided to move production of high-value steel – produced for the auto industry – out of plants in Hamilton and Nanticoke.
U.S. Steel plans to move the production to its American facilities, over the objections of Canadian workers, pensioners, community leaders and the court-appointed bankruptcy protection monitor. The move will result in significant job cuts and millions in lost business for U.S. Steel’s Canadian operations.
“Clearly, U.S. Steel has taken its cue from the Conservative government, that it can operate with impunity and break every commitment it has made to keep jobs and production in Canada,” said Bill Ferguson, President of USW Local 8782 in Nanticoke.
“This has to stop now. Our government must compel U.S. Steel to live up to its commitments. We’ve been producing high-value steel for the auto industry for many, many years and this production must stay in Canada. Our communities deserve nothing less,” said Rob Newstead, chair of the USW Local 8782 pickling division.
“Since U.S. Steel was allowed to take over Stelco in 2007, the Conservative government has enabled a shell game in which the company has moved production to the U.S. and slashed jobs in Canada,” said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.
“The Ontario government and a former Stelco president have come to the same conclusion, that U.S. Steel set up its Canadian operations to fail so that it could abandon its obligations to our workers, pensioners and communities,” Warren noted.
“Thousands of Canadian workers and pensioners will suffer if U.S. Steel is allowed to continue on this path.
For further information:
Gary Howe, President, USW Local 1005, 905-531-4078,
Bill Ferguson, President, USW Local 8782, 905-537-8782,
Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792,
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221,
Labour Day Message 2015
Keep Stelco Producing!
Local 1005 has a long standing reputation in Hamilton’s Labour movement. With a rich Canadian labour history, we have demonstrated time and time again great leadership in all levels of political action. I’d like to start by thanking Rolf and Jake for their years of dedication to USW 1005 and I know they will continue to fight for workers’ rights.
Currently focused on two important issues:
First is the lock-out of our Max Aicher (MANA) workers, where our workers have been locked out for over TWO years. Before then, workers had been laid off frequently since MANA bought the Bar mill in Nov 2010.
Currently, MANA is using SCABs to try and produce Bar products. Instead of negotiating a contract with USW 1005 MANA has spent millions trying to cripple our standard of living.
The Ontario Provincial Government gave MANA 9 Million Dollars in Nov 2010. Local 1005 has created the Slogan that “Concessions are not Solutions”. Driving down workers’ standard of living and taking away their disposable income is extremely harmful to the local economy. In Germany the Workers sector bargains, workers at all Steel companies get paid the same. Why would we be different in Canada?
Another top priority is the situation at US Steel Hamilton, we are again in CCAA. The last time we were in CCAA we named it ‘The Wild West’, where anything goes. As a plant where we made Steel for the Canadian economy, the situation is one the retirees look to in digust. Since US Steel purchased Stelco in 2007, we only seriously produced steel for a year and US Steel controlled production decisions from their headquarters in Pittsburgh. Therefore, US Steel manipulated that Hamilton would lose money; under the burden of high fixed costs of an inactive integrated Steel company. It would not be shocking to anyone.
The Auto Contract must stay in Hamilton!USS has to be ordered to keep the Auto Contracts in Hamilton, and this community deserves nothing less. We are not powerless, we must stand firm against these corporate bullies!
Now US Steel is trying to off-load their phoney CCAA claims on retirees. We have told the provincial government and FISCO that if anything happens to our Pensions they are responsible as they allowed this. Furthermore, by allowing US Steel to assume the Stelco Pension Regulation without the guards of the cash sweep and allowing shareholder dividends.
The province must stand up to these corporate bullies by not allowing this legalised theft to occur. US Steel locked us out for eleven months and our brothers and sister out twice at Lake Erie Works.
We Deserve the Benefits that we earned as Deferred Wages!
We worked in these dangerous conditions, most of us on shifts. Our pensions and benefits were deferred wages which we are owed. We do not deserve to live in uncertainty. Producing Steel for the Canadian market needs to remain a priority.
Lastly, we must ensure that we are electing a Federal government that is going to fight for our rights!
USW 1005 Executive
Gary Howe – President
Dennis Van Meer- Vice President
Jim McColl- Recording Secretary
Dan Bates- Financial Secretary
Tony McLaughlin –Treasurer
Gary Seguin- Guide
Frank Mesich- Trustee
Scott Legare- Trustee
John Balloch- Guard
Josh Laforme- Guard
Ron Wells- Grievance Chairperson
Many thanks to Tim Blackborow for all his hard word and dedication to the Local 1005 MANA members
SHAME on Max Aicher
Locking Out our members!
Solidarity Rally Friday July 31
MANA get back to the table and negotiate a fair agreement with USW 1005
No More Scabs!
Potential buyer for US Steel Canada?
There’s word that another Canadian steelmaker might be interested in buying US Steel Canada.
Former Mayor Bob Bratina–who was on the city’s steel subcommittee– says he’s heard talk that Essar Steel Algoma of Sault Ste. Marie might be interested.
FUNDRAISER FOR DALTON’S FUTURE
What is generosity? Since 2003, a total of 11,187 Ontarians have received a lifesaving organ transplant all thanks to the generosity of people like Steve and Lisa Levesque of Stoney Creek who made the heartbreaking decision to remove their son Dylan from life support on July 2nd, 2015. Through the Trillium Gift of Life Network, Dylan was able to save at least one life and contributed to the lives of two others with his organ donation – something his parents know he would have been proud of.
On June 26th, Dylan DeBreau was brutally attacked outside a convenience store in Kitchener on his way to visit his baby son. It was an attack so severe that he needed to be airlifted to the Hamilton General Hospital where he remained on life support for the next six days. Dylan never regained consciousness and was removed from his ventilator, dying peacefully surrounded by those who loved him most. Only 23 years old. A generous and giving young man, Dylan was always there for those in need and simply loved, as he once put it, “to put smiles on people’s faces”. Determined to “give back” to those who helped him, Dylan was to start his new job at the OneRoof Youth Shelter in Kitchener the week he died. Dylan now leaves behind his six month old son, Dalton Joseph. A bright and happy boy who looks just like his Daddy and a boy who will always be reminded of just how much his Daddy loved him.
Therefore in keeping in the spirit of generosity, we write this letter to you in the hopes that you would be willing to donate a gift-in-kind to be used as a raffle draw prize at a special fundraiser being held by Steve and Lisa Levesque on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at Michelangelo Banquet Centre on the Hamilton Mountain. All money raised will be go towards Dalton’s future, his education or just a nice start to his adult life. Something Dylan would have worked all his life to ensure. As a way to acknowledge and thank you for your donation, we will include the name of your organization in the Program that will be made available to each guest.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We thank you for your consideration.
Yours most sincerely,
Steve & Lisa Levesque
19 Ridell Cres., Stoney Creek, ON, L8J 1Z5
Steve: 905.961.7147/Lisa: 905.745.4300