25 Years of Service

Congratulations to the following 36 members who will be recognized for their 25 years of service this evening at the Quarter Century Dinner.

Andre Boehm, Kevin Brown, Alex Camponi, Roy Chinski, Vasco D’Almeida, Curtis Danyluk, Harvey Danyluk, Pat Eisler, Brad Gall, Gordon Gerbrant, Glenn Gerla, Mike Gianoli, Darwin Hennie, Mark Jones, Basil Karahalios, Duane Lawrick, John Leusink, Jason Luby, Scott Mackie, Todd Massier, Tracy McCune, Kent McDonald, Dwayne Mitchell, Perry Morton, Walter Pogorzelski, Randall Read, Ted Reavley, Wayne Shear, Mike Smith, Richard Taylor, Raymond Trenker, Rod Willians, Joe Wirll, Alden Wolbaum, Malcolm Wolitski and Trevor Zerff.

LAYOFF INTER-DIVISIONAL TRANSFER NOTICE

Regina Steel division members currently laid off, have the opportunity to temporarily transfer into entry level full-time positions for the months of June through August 2015. This will be for vacation coverage in the Regina Tubular division.

Members expressing interest must be available for orientation on June 4 and 5 and will be scheduled to work on the June 7 weekly schedule. These members will forgo any previous approved vacation submitted in the Steel division for the duration they are working in Tubular.

All interested members currently laid off must reply by email no later than 3:00 pm Monday June 1, 2015 to Andrea Johnson, Evraz HR Dept. at andrea.johnson@evrazna.com or at (306) 924-7221 if you have questions.

*Please Note: The number of positions available is 10 and possibly more. Preference will be afforded to the most senior employees who apply by this date.
** All Tubular division members currently laid off, with seniority numbers, are being recalled for a start of June 1, 2015.
*** No hiring for part time summer employment will be offered by the company while members are laid off.
**** This opportunity is subject to operational changes in the Steel division.

Steelworkers Humanity Fund, Your Contributions at Work Around the World

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund works nationally and internationally to promote equality, build stronger voices for communities and workers and protection for the environment. Regular contributions to the Fund by thousands of Steelworker members also allows the Fund to respond quickly to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. Here are some of the activities from 2014.

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Arbitration’s

Arbitration Award May 3rd, 2015: Regarding an arbitration heard on March 30th, 2015 on behalf of Brother Marko Gustin, in relation to two grievances filed by the local. The first, a two day suspension and the second being the termination of Brother Gustin. Of these, Madame Arbitrator Francine Chad-Smith ruled that the grievance concerning the suspension would be dismissed. The grievance concerning the termination would be accepted with the termination reduced to a one week suspension with the griever made whole for lost pensionable time, monies, etc.

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Awaiting Award: Regarding an arbitration held on April 8th, 2015 for Brother Shane Bork.

Upcoming Arbitration: May 5th/6th, 2015. Brother Brent Wiese.

Solidarity Forever!

Steel Division Layoffs…Here is what we know.

Management from the Steel Division has confirmed to the local that there will be an extension to those members currently laid off. They can expect a return to work by May 7th, 2015 in the Melt Shop and Rolling Mill. Production members who have been working through the current shut down are also receiving notice of lay off until May 7th.

We were told this is do to a “hole in the order book” that was expected to be filled and has not materialized. Also the reduction of Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) product demand because of the slow down of drilling in the oil patch is also playing a factor.

We can’t confirm what we are being told and can only come to our own theories as to what is going on. With that said, when pressed on the outlook going forward. We were told that it doesn’t look like things will change for the foreseeable future.

Plan accordingly Brothers & Sisters. This may be a bumpy ride.

In Solidarity!

Corey Liebrecht

2015 Day of Mourning

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Each year in Canada over 1000 workers are killed doing their job, with 39 of those deaths happening here in Saskatchewan in 2014 because of workplace injury or disease. On April 28, take a moment to remember and reflect upon those who have been injured, killed, or afflicted with an occupational illness while on the job.

You can also join us that day in a Ceremony that will take place at 5:00pm at Queen Elizabeth II Court in front of Regina City Hall.

Remember to do your part to help make your workplace safer, today. It’s the responsibility of all of us to mourn the dead and fight like hell for the living!

Stepping Up In The Local

Congratulations to Brother’s

Brad Gibbons (Steel Div.)
Brian Chatsis (Steel Div.)
Kushal Patel (Tubular Div.)
Ryan Sande (Tubular Div.)
Mark de Guzman (Tubular Div.)
Justin Welder (Tubular Div.)

All of whom recently submitted their names to be shop stewards and were accepted by the members at the local monthly meeting.

Brother Kurt Chernishenko (Tubular Div.) was also selected to be a pension trustee.

In Solidarity!

USW Pipe/Rolling Mill Meeting

During the USW District 3 Conference held in Edmonton this week. Representatives from locals 6673 Calgary AB, 5917 Regina SK, 5220 Edmonton AB, 1595 Wabamun AB, 7226 Calgary AB along with this local held a Pipe/Rolling Mill meeting. The meeting was chaired by District Director Steve Hunt along with the Assistant to the Director Scott Lunny and Staff Reps.

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Election Result Notice

As a result of Brother Mike Smith withdrawing from the race for Chief Shop Steward Tubular. We welcome Brother Ryan Mackenzie as the new Chief Shop Steward of the Tubular Division.

In Solidarity!

Local Union Election Results

Vice President – Scott Mackie

Financial Secretary – Tory Sand

Chief Shop Steward Tubular – Ryan Mackenzie

Chief Shop Steward O&T – Kim Roberts

Trustees – Nick Little, Doug Massier, Kurt Chernishenko

Congratulations!

To all the members that ran for positions in the local, the election committee and volunteers. Thank you.

In Solidarity!

Mental Health First Aid

We are happy to announce that seven members of our local along with members from USW 5917 and USW 6717 recently completed training in Mental Health First Aid. This course was held over two days in Regina and was instructed by representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

These members now have the required training to recognize and identify the signs and symptoms in co-workers, family, friends and even strangers who may be or are developing a mental health problem or suffering a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

These members are not trained to diagnose individuals. Instead they are trained to recognize the symptoms, assess risk, listen, give reassurance, information and to encourage and assist the individual to get the appropriate professional help and continued support they require.

They are here to help! All discussions will be kept private and in the strictest of confidence when speaking to one of the following MHFA trained members in our local.

Vasco D’Almeida
Kim Roberts
Ryan McGillis
Jasmin Imeri
Rob Desnomie
Tim Kachaluba
Corey Liebrecht

The local is in the process of planning more MHFA training and is currently accepting names of members who would have an interest in this course. There are 25 spots with 19 already filled. Please contact Corey Liebrecht at 306.530.6658 or by email c.liebrecht@usw5890.com if you would like to participate in the next class.

In Solidarity!

True As Steel

It’s a time-honored phrase that not only describes the relationship between Enbridge and EVRAZ North America – but also captures our shared commitment to pipeline safety.

This morning, in Saskatchewan’s capital, steel manufacturing giant EVRAZ North America announced that it’s investing $200 million over the next two years in its Regina operations.

Today’s investment announcement, the biggest in EVRAZ North America history, will pave the way for:

the installation of a two-step, large-diameter pipe mill, enabling the production of thicker-walled pipe;
state-of-the-art steelmaking and rolling mill upgrades;
and the ability to manufacture 100-per-cent, made-in-Canada pipe through industry-leading technology.

Al Monaco, our president and CEO, and Byron Neiles, our senior vice president of Major Projects and Safety and Operational Reliability, attended today’s announcement, which also drew Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall and Regina mayor Michael Fougere.
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Enbridge has purchased more than two million tons of carbon-steel pipe from EVRAZ since 2006 – that’s more than 6,000 kilometres’ worth – and nearly all of the large-diameter pipe we’ll be using for our company’s large slate of energy infrastructure growth projects in the near future, including the proposed Line 3 Replacement Program, will come from EVRAZ.

“We’re delighted to be part of today’s announcement, and to be part of a Saskatchewan success story,” Mr. Monaco told media and dignitaries during today’s event announcement. “EVRAZ is a proven partner, and we’ve built a long-term relationship on our shared commitment to making safety and quality the highest priorities.”

From an economic impact standpoint, EVRAZ:

employs more than 1,000 people in Regina; contributes about $30-million a year in payroll, property, and corporate income tax at the provincial and federal levels; and creates massive indirect value – about $600 million a year – from regional economic spinoffs, including purchase of goods and services, raw materials, and contractor services.

Enbridge is an integral part of that economic picture – we purchased 86 per cent of the line pipe made by EVRAZ in Regina in 2014.

We’re even more proud of our partnership with EVRAZ for our shared commitment to pipeline safety and operational reliability. For example:

Enbridge’s specifications exceed industry demands – we look for higher-quality pipe that undergoes more rigorous and more frequent testing – and our inspectors have unlimited access to EVRAZ facilities through the manufacturing process;

An estimated 96 per cent of EVRAZ steel is made of recycled content, and fortified with raw iron ore and alloys such as manganese and chrome.

Safety was also on today’s agenda, as EVRAZ and Enbridge announced that the two companies will partner on a joint research and development program to enhance pipeline performance.

Along with industry and academic institutions, EVRAZ and Enbridge will help to drive continuous improvements – with the ultimate aim of optimizing industry-wide safety and reliability.

Enbridge

Recognizing our long positive history with Enbridge, the 900 members of the local United Steelworkers who work at EVRAZ in Regina would like to express our thanks to Enbridge for continuing to be a valued customer and supporting jobs in our community. Our members take extreme pride in providing quality steel and tubular products required by your company and we look forward to the opportunity to continue supplying you through R&D and production of specified infrastructure that Embridge requires in important energy projects for our country.

United Steelworkers LU 5890

IMPORTANT LOCAL UNION ELECTION NOTICE!

Nomination Results:

President– Mike Day wins by acclamation

*Vice President- There will be an election between Corey Liebrecht and Scott Mackie

Recording Secretary- Courtland Klein wins by acclamation

*Financial Secretary- There will be an election between Dave McAlpin and Tory Sand

Treasurer– Dana Faul wins by acclamation

Guide– Vasco D’Almeida wins by acclamation

Outside Guard– Andrew Polishak win by acclamation

Inside Guard– Trent Gegner wins by acclamation

*Trustees– For the 3 positions… There will be an election between; Scott Trenaman, Kurt Chernishenko, Nick Little, Ryan Sande and Doug Massier

Chief Steward Steel- John Forster wins by acclamation

*Chief Steward Pipe- There will be an election between Mike Smith and Ryan McKenzie

*Chief Steward O&T– There will be an election between Paul Euteneier and Kim Roberts

Notice of Election
Date: Friday April 10, 2015
Location: Change Room Building (Hilton)
Time : 5:00 am to 7:30 PM

The following positions will be on the ballot:
Vice-President
Financial Secretary
3 Trustee Positions
Chief Shop Steward Pipe
Chief Shop Steward O&T

Please contact the office for advanced polling, which will run from
April 1st-8th. Or contact one of the following elections committeeman;

Aaron Fisher, Craig CoXford, Brad Lazorko

Advance polling will be available, with a valid reason, for not being able to attend on April 10th.

This is your Union !!
Come out and vote

Steelworkers Withdraw From Lakeland Sawmill Inquest

BURNABY, B.C., 23 March 2015 – The United Steelworkers (USW) has announced that it is withdrawing from the Coroner’s Inquest into the explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George, B.C.

USW District 3 Director Stephen Hunt says the union has lost confidence that the inquest will answer the many outstanding questions that remain.

On April 14, 2014, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe released a statement promising that the inquest would provide the families of workers who died, as well as injured workers and the entire community, with a thorough review of the causes and contributing factors of the explosion, including: how and why the explosion happened; the roles and responsibilities of those involved in mill safety and their policies and practices; and what steps can and should be taken to prevent this type of event from happening again.
“Over the past week, the inquest has heard how WorkSafeBC’s failure to carry out its mandate to ensure the health and safety of workers resulted in a complete mishandling of sawmill safety both before and after the explosion. Despite this tragic failure to do its job, the agency is not being held accountable,” Hunt says.

As a result of relying upon WorkSafeBC’s flawed investigation, the RCMP and B.C. Safety Authority also produced failed investigations.

“It is now clear that the inquest is not going to adequately answer any of the questions that demand to be answered. The employer’s withholding of crucial evidence would have made a difference as to how the USW conducted its case and we will not participate in an exercise that does such a disservice to the families who lost loved ones and to the larger community,” says Hunt.

The USW continues to join family members, First Nations and the larger community in calling for a public inquiry.

USW Communications

Korean Coils Run In Spiral Mill

During Wednesdays Union management meeting your union representatives voiced our concerns about Korean coils being run in Spiral and how this could affect union jobs. Management’s response was this.

The spiral mill is currently running 10 Korean made coils that were originally to be run in Portland. Due to production demands in Portland, these coils have been brought to Regina for a trial run only. The pipe from these coils are being cut up and sent to Regina R&D in the hope to qualify Portland.

Management also said that when Steel is running at full capacity it can’t keep up with the demands of Evraz Tubular and at some point Tubular might need a separate supplier to keep up with these demands.

In Solidarity!

LOCAL UNION 5890 NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

NOMINATIONS FOR THE ELECTION OF THE FOLLOWING LOCAL UNION EXECUTIVE POSITIONS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

 President
 Vice President
 Recording Secretary
 Financial Secretary
 Treasurer
 Trustee’s (3)
 Guide
 Inside Guard
 Outside Guard
 Chief Shop Steward (Steel)
 Chief Shop Steward (Pipe)
 Chief Shop Steward (O&T)

AS PER THE RECENT APPROVED LU BYLAW CHANGES, THE BARGAINING COMMITTEE SHALL CONSIST OF THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, RECORDING SECRETARY, CHIEF SHOP STEWARD (PIPE), CHIEF SHOP STEWARD (STEEL) AND CHIEF SHOP STEWARD (O&T).

IF YOU ARE NOMINATING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE NOMINATION MEETING, NOMINATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM DENISE AT THE UNION OFFICE 569-9663 OR EMAIL HER AT DMANZ@USW.CA. PLEASE RETURN THE FORM TO DENISE AND IT WILL BE TAKEN TO THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AS SCHEDULED BELOW. PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT “ONE” NOMINATION PER PERSON.

NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE AT THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING, WHICH WILL BE HELD AS FOLLOWS. PRIOR TO CLOSING THE NOMINATIONS, NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM THE FLOOR:

DATE: Monday, March 16, 2015

TIME: 7:30 pm

LOCATION: Regina Union Centre, 2709 12th Avenue Regina (lower level)

ONLY ELIGIBLE USW MEMBERS ARE ENTITLED TO CONTEST FOR A POSITION. IN THE EVENT THAT THERE ARE NO ELIGIBLE MEMBERS WHO ACCEPT NOMINATION, NON-ELIGIBLE MEMBERS ARE ENTITLED TO BE NOMINATED AND RUN FOR THE POSITION.

IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE, A MEMBER MUST HAVE ATTENDED 1/3 (ROUNDED OFF TO THE NEXT HIGHEST WHOLE NUMBER) OF THE REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS HELD IN THE LAST 24 MONTHS. THE NUMBER OF MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS IS REDUCED BY ANY EXCUSED ABSENCES DUE TO WORK, ILLNESS THAT CONFINES, ARMED SERVICES, JURY DUTY, BEREAVEMENT LEAVE AND UNION BUSINESS.

WINNER!

Congratulations to Leonas Labenskas of Regina who was the grand prize winner in this mornings Steelworkers “Raising The Roof” raffle draw. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and helped raise over $6000.00 for the Habitat Steelworker Home.

RCMP Steps Up to “Stop The Killing”

National Directors Update (January 2015) – Ken Neumann and Western Canada Director Stephen Hunt came away from a meeting with RCMP’s Director of National Criminal Investigations with a commitment for further follow up on ways to work with the force on better enforcement of the Westray Law.

“We felt that Chief Superintendent Eric Stubbs understood our campaign and would be prepared to take steps on delivering the message of enforcement,” said Neumann. “Among other things, we stressed the need for better coordination among police, regulatory agencies and Crown attorneys.”

Through Stubbs commitment to follow up on Westray enforcement is encouraging, we need more agencies to sign on and commit to Stop The Killing.

USPA

Vacation Request Language

A reminder Brothers & Sisters;

NEW language in the collective agreement states that annual vacation requests with eligibility based on seniority, must be submitted by March 15th, 2015. Approvals will be posted by the company no later than April 1st, 2015.

Vacation requests submitted after March 15th, 2015 will be approved on a first come first serve basis with a response to be provided by the company within two weeks of the request.

If you are having any trouble with your vacation request. Contact a shop steward.

In Solidarity!

Negotiated Lump Sum/COLA Payment

Sisters & Brothers,

Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce that it has been confirmed by the company that the negotiated lump sum payment will be deposited into our members account on Friday January 30, 2015. It was also confirmed that the payment of our COLA from last quarter will be calculated retroactive and also deposited on Friday January 30, 2015.

Solidarity Forever!