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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.


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

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Tentative Deal Reached to End Crown Beer Can Strike

TORONTO – The United Steelworkers and Crown Holdings have reached a tentative agreement aimed at ending a 22-month strike at a beer can manufacturing plant in Toronto.

The tentative agreement was reached Wednesday night with the assistance of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The proposed contract will be presented to striking workers and submitted to a ratification vote during the weekend of July 18-19. Details of the agreement will not be released prior to the ratification vote.

“I commend the members of Steelworkers Local 9176 and their negotiating committee for the incredible solidarity and character they exhibited throughout this prolonged struggle,” said Marty Warren, United Steelworkers Ontario Director.

“I thank the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, the Canadian Labour Congress and the many other unions, community groups and residents who provided tremendous financial and moral support to these working families over the last 22 months,” Warren said. read more

The Executive of USW Local 1005 thanks everyone that came out to support our Locked Out members from Max Aicher North America (MANA).

The Scab

A Poem by: Jack London (1876-1916)

After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab.

A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.

When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out.

No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with. Judas was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A scab has not.

Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver. Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commission in the British army. The scab sells his birthright, country, his wife, his children and his fellowmen for an unfulfilled promise from his employer.

Esau was a traitor to himself; Judas was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country; a scab is a traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class.

USW demand ‘No more secret deals’ for U.S. Steel

Call for transparency in bidding process for assets in Hamilton, Nanticoke

A veil of secrecy shrouding the bidding process for U.S. Steel assets in Hamilton and Nanticoke must be lifted immediately to protect the interests of thousands of workers and pensions, the United Steelworkers says.

“There are 39 potential bidders out there, but U.S. Steel doesn’t want anybody to know anything about it,” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton.

“This isn’t a private transaction just to benefit U.S. Steel. It’s a bankruptcy protection case, a court process that affects thousands. Those who are directly affected – our community, our members and our pensioners – deserve a fair, open and transparent process. It’s their jobs and their pensions that are at risk,” Howe said.

A court monitor overseeing U.S. Steel Canada’s bankruptcy protection case announced earlier this month that multiple parties have expressed interest in purchasing all or part of the company’s Canadian assets.

However, to date the USW and other stakeholders directly affected by the restructuring process have not been allowed to meet with, or to even know the identities of bidders who have expressed an interest in the U.S. Steel assets. read more

Local 1005 at Solidarity Rally for Toyota Workers Saturday May 30, 2015