STAGGERED SHIFT LOU

In attempts to relieve the amount of people in the change room during this pandemic, the Union and Company have agreed to the below Temporary Letter of Understanding

Shift start times are going to look as follows;

Melt Shop, Caster & Steel Yard- 5:00

Rolling Mill & Roll Shop- 5:30

Spiral Mills & Yard-6:00

Spiral Finishing & 2″ Mill- 6:30

Slitter, Heavy Plate and many Day Shifts- 7:00

PLEASE CHECK YOUR RESPECTIVE SCHEDULES FOR CHANGES

Social Distancing and Staggered Shifts

Brother’s and Sister’s

With the constant changes from the government on social distancing with the Covid outbreak, the company and union are in discussions for a Letter of Understanding to discuss staggering shift times. This will hopefully alleviate issues within the operations building change room facilities. Our goal is to keep everyone safe while still operating.

This will be based around Article 8.05[ definition of a shift] and Article 15.02[ shift premiums]. With the intent to keep our membership safe all while working within reasonable start times. We currently have a draft from the company and the union needs to make some amendments to it. Once we have reached an agreement we will post on this website.

COVID 19

Brother’s and Sister’s,

There are many questions regarding what the company is doing in regards to the COVID Pandemic and keeping our members safe. The company is trying to follow the guidelines set out by the Government which seem to be changing daily. This a very trying time for all of us and must remain calm. Panic and Rumors will not help the situation. This is the time to look out for one and other and we should all be following the below guidelines,

  • Employees should notify the company and stay home if they are sick.
  • Anyone identified to have had close contact of someone with Covid-19 shall go into mandatory self isolation for 14 days fro date of being exposed.
  • In cases of fever (100.4° F / 37.8° C or greater using an oral thermometer), do not come to work until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Maintain SOCIAL DISTANCING, Keep 6 ft apart
  • Self- disclose to the company if you are feeling any symptoms.

We want to make sure the company is providing a Safe and Healthy work environment for all. If you feel that is not being accomplished, talk to your supervisor/manager. Give them the opportunity to address the situation properly first. If you are not satisfied or hit a road block with them, every employee has the Right to Refuse[ article 14.05]. This has to be done by the individual. There is a process that must be followed which could include bringing in the Provincial OH&S Officer.

With the company expected to crew up in areas in the next few weeks the plan is to meet with the company to try and alleviate the issue of the change room. For the time being try and maintain that 6 feet of distance for everyone’s safety. This is an unprecedented time we are in right now. The Cyber Attack and Global Pandemic have put stress and strain on everyone. Take this opportunity to help each other and look out for each other.

In Solidarity.

Production Update

Members of your Executive met with the company this afternoon for a production/business update. Below is an overview of what was discussed.

STEEL;

Melt Shop- Still looking at start up for April 1st

Rolling Mill- Company is hopeful for April 9th and 10th.

Heavy Plate- Recall for Tuesday, March 31st

Slitter- 1 crew Monday the 30th

TUBULAR;

24 inch Mill- Mid April for 1 weld crew and 2 finishing crews

2 inch- It has been communicated that there will be recalls for 2 crews to start Monday March 30th.

COVID UPDATE

As you know the government has issued a State of Emergency regarding to COVID-19 Pandemic. This release came after our meeting with the company yesterday morning and I asked the company this morning what precautions the company is taking to abide by the guidelines outlined by the Provincial Government?

I wish I had more to report but there has been no response as of yet from the company. If you have concerns that the company is not doing the upmost on this, please contact your Supervisor, Human Resources or someone from the Safety Department.

P&M Update

Yesterday members from your Executive met with the company regarding where things stand with the shut down and layoffs and the following is what we were told;

TUBULAR

  • 2 INCH MILL- Company is hoping to start up in the first 2 weeks of April
  • 24 INCH MILL- Company is looking at the end of April for a start up.

STEEL

  • MELTSHOP- The April 1st date is still on target
  • ROLLING MILL- Is looking like April 13th.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Sisters and Brothers

Members of your local Executive and Health & Safety Representatives met with company regarding COVID-19[Coronavirus] earlier today. The majority of what we have been told to this point is practicing good hygiene such as;

  • Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • In cases of fever (100.4° F / 37.8° C or greater using an oral thermometer), do not come to work until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The company is following the direction of the Canadian Government standards at this point and is asking for self- declaration if you have returned on or after Saturday March 14th from travel outside Canada.  Dr. Radford will be assessing each person on a case by case basis. There has been questions regarding contractors on site and the company has informed us they have gone through intake interviews and critical contractors have been turned away.  If you are feeling ill please follow the proper call in procedure. Also the 811 Health line is there to help in the process.

We asked how the company planned on dealing with the loss of income for individuals. If you are in Self Quarantine with no symptoms, apply for E.I. If you have symptoms apply for Short Term Disability. If you have been sent home by the company as a precautionary measure with no symptoms or sickness, those will be addressed also on a case by case basis. Childcare was also brought up and the company’s response was they expect the employee to bring those situations to the company early to address concerns but expect people to be working.

This is time for solidarity. By watching each other’s back and doing what’s right for one and other we Can and Will get through these times .

Sincerely

Mike Day

Article 17.06 Supplementary Unemployment Benefit

The following language outlines the SUB fund agreement with the Company

The Company agrees to fund a joint Supplementary
Unemployment Benefit (S.U.B.) plan. Under this plan the
Company will pay ten (10) cents an hour per employee on all
straight time hours worked into a S.U.B. fund. In the case of layoffs,
eligible employees will receive $110.00 per week from this
fund. The Company will establish a line of credit up to a maximum
of $500,000 to be drawn on by the S.U.B. Fund on an “as
required” basis in order to maintain a benefit level of one hundred
and ten dollars ($110) per week. Any draw down of the $500,000
line of credit will be reimbursed through future contributions

The Union has inquired about the plan and as of yet no response from the company. Please don’t hesitate to contact HR regarding this and how or who it will be administered by.

Tubular Update for March 15th

Recalls should be ongoing. Yesterday afternoons conversation with the company went as such,

MONDAY[16TH]- Hope to recall all Mills

WEDNESDAY[18TH]- All Finishing Lines.

2 inch mill they are unsure of start up date. Employees should be exercising their bumping rights.

Note, the following employees will not be recalled until the 2 inch mill is recalled as those employees have been displaced:

T. BARKER [545] 
Kar. SINGH [551]
K. CARNOCHAN [552]
D. MCCLARE [553] 
A. BOOKER [555] *
B. MONKA [556] Sun
M. RENOMERON [557] 
T. THOMPSON-GALE [558] Fri/Sat/Sun
J. SIDLOSKI [559] 
Ch. WITKOWSKI [560] 
M. VONAU [562]
S. GRETCHEN [564] 
R. PERRAULT [566] * 
W. JOHNSTON [567] T *
A. LUFFMAN [571] Fri
C. PARISIER [572] 
T. EBERLE [579]
V. OMIH [580]
C. EDWARDS [582]
R. SMOKE [583]
A. KARCHEWSKI [585]
A. SALEH [581] 
J. FELSKE [610]

TO GET UPDATES FROM THE LOCAL TEXT 5890 TO THE NUMBER 32323

TUBULAR & O&T UPDATE

I’ve just received a call from HR and Brad Forster and here is the latest.

O&T

They are extending the layoff notice for 1 week and all O&T personal are to report tomorrow, March 13th

TUBULAR

They are recalling enough for Mill 5 and F2 finishing line for Friday [13th]morning.

Monday the 16th hope to recall all mills

Wednesday the 18th all finishing

2 inch Mill they are unsure and employees in that area should exercise their bumping rights.

Layoff Update March 12

You local is trying to get the most up to date information to you our members as quickly as possible and as we get it from the company. The company was going to send us the updates bumping schedules in Steel every morning which we have no received as of yet and will get posted once we do.

TUBULAR

We met with the company yesterday and have been waiting for the schedule from the company as well. It is our understanding that recalls have been happening for the Mill 5 and F2 areas which they hope to have up and going either Thursday[12th] or Friday[13th] and the Legacy Mills and F1 Monday[16th]. Expectation is for the 2 inch Mill for Wednesday[18th]. If you feel there is an issue and you should have been back before a junior employee please contact a shop steward or email all the information to either m.day@usw5890.com or r.mckenzie@usw5890.com or k.fisher@usw5890.com.

We our also compiling names of individuals who were not contacted withing the cancellation of their shift under 15.05 [reporting pay]. This applies to all departments. So please get in touch with a shop steward or member of the Executive.

Vacation Article 11.01

The following is the current language for submitting vacation requests

Annual vacation requests must be submitted by March 15 for the
period of May 1 to April 30 of the following year. The approved
schedule of annual vacations submitted by March 15 will be
posted by April 1. Vacation requests submitted after March 15
will be approved on a first come first serve basis and a response
will be provided within two weeks of the request.

The Union and Company have agreed to a temporary change under Article 11.01. ANNUAL VACATIONS SUBMITTED BY MARCH 31 WILL BE POSTED BY APRIL 15.

Vacation request forms are available at the Hilton. Also if you would like to request your NEXT YEARS vacation pay, the company is allowing access to that and there is 2 forms also at the Hilton [at security] to fill out for that.

Layoff Update March 9

Steel Division

The outage in the Melt Shop is expected to last till about April 1st and the Rolling Mill April 15th totaling 30-40 days for the outage. Bumping is not expected to be smooth. The company expects to keep a skeleton crew of roughly 10% manpower around, plus maintenance.

Tubular Division.

The anticipation is to have Mill 5 and the Final 2 line up for Thursday and the Legacy Mills and Final 1 line up and running for Monday.

O&T

The 3 day clause is expected to be used for Tuesday and Wednesday and systems up for Thursday.

Please keep in mind that this can change at any moment.

3 Day Layoff

Yesterday afternoon members from your executive met with company representatives to discuss the developments from yesterdays cyber attack on the company. This has impacted operations in all of Evraz North America.

Last night was the first shift affected with the 3 day layoff clause [12.13] and layoff notices are expected to go out under article 12.12 [a]4 today as a precautionary measure. The company is hopeful this issue will be fixed by Monday. At this moment maintenance will not be impacted but otherwise this will impact all other departments.

If anyone was not contacted 4 hours before the start of their scheduled shift please contact a shop steward as under article 15.05 [reporting allowance]

At this moment we have no further information but as we get anymore we will pass it on to you our members.

In Solidarity.

Evraz Health Release

A release from the company below,

Coronavirus Information Bulletin

As the novel coronavirus (now widely called COVID-19) outbreak continues to develop both in China and around the world, many at EVRAZ North America are asking questions about the disease and the steps being taking to minimize any potential risk.

Led by our human resources and health & safety teams, we have developed appropriate procedures and plans to implement should the virus become more pervasive in the regions where our team members live and work. We continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and are reviewing up-to-date information, advisories and data from health officials in the United States and Canada.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent infection, whether it be the common cold, influenza or COVID-19, is to avoid exposure. We encourage team members to follow everyday preventive measures recommended by CDC and Health Canada officials:

  • Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • In cases of fever (100.4° F / 37.8° C or greater using an oral thermometer), do not come to work until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Health professionals advise that use of these measures by individuals and their families will increase resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak. Health Canada and the CDC do not recommend the use of facemasks by otherwise healthy people for virus prevention.

For those traveling overseas, U.S. and Canadian officials recommend that you monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive home. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor. He or she will provide advice on what you should do. Team members in such a situation and who are sick, should also notify EVRAZ in accordance with the absence and sick policy.

The health and safety of EVRAZ North America team members is our highest priority. Response preparations and planning at EVRAZ North America facilities continues and we encourage anyone with questions or comments to reach out to your local HR and safety representatives.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates as developments warrant.

For more information, visit the CDC and Health Canada Web sites.

OH&S Level 1 Training

The United Steelworkers South Sask Area Council is putting on a OH&S Level 1 Course on May 27 & 28,2020. Anyone who would like to participate in this please email m.day@usw5890.com or call the office at 306-569-9663. Please submit your name by April 3,2020.

D&A Testing on Machine Operator

Brothers and Sisters,

We would like you take note of the Company’s response to a grievance filed by the Union regarding one of our brothers being subject to a post incident D&A test when the company was aware there was issues with the equipment. Their response reaffirms the fact that everything is “Blame the employee”, below is part of the grievance response we received today from the company.

…was transporting two coated pipes which slipped through the forks of machine. This resulted in damage to the pipes which were subsequently scrapped. It was obvious that this particular incident should be considered a “significant work-related incident” as it resulted in a significant loss of the employer’s property and to company revenues. As such, as per the Alcohol and Substance Policy “… alcohol and substance testing will be required for all employees involved in a ‘significant work-related incident’…” and that is why…was required to go through post-incident alcohol and drug test. In the opinion of the union, clear mechanical failure that caused this accident. The employer conducted the investigation into this matter. The employer investigation acknowledges that prior to this accident there was knowledge that the forks on this machine were not gripping with equal force. However, from the employer perspective, the post-incident testing was required as the malfunction of forks did not fully explained why the accident happened. For example, the day of the accident there was also a buildup of frost on the pipes making them slippery. Under those conditions much more caution and good judgment should be exercised by the loader operator. All the operator’s tasks should be performed slower as these were not perfect conditions. Therefore, the employer had every right to suspect that at the time of incident, the judgment of the operator was at the very least a potential factor in this serious incident.

Therefore, this grievance is denied.
Regards,
Brad Forster

SOCIAL MEDIA

Brothers and Sisters,

This is a reminder from your executive that no matter how secure you think a Social Media page is, the company in one way or another is monitoring your actions. Either through screen shots taken by individuals on the site or whatever means, but make no mistake they ARE monitoring your Social Media activity.

Attendance Monitoring

On December 17th the company put out a memo regarding Absenteeism during the next couple of weeks. It’s ironic how this company will speak of “safety and workplace morale”. They have shown time and time again that their safety is all behavior based and, how high is the morale going to be when they do things like installing those “prison style gates” at the operations building.

Under article 14.03 [medical certificates], The Company will pay 100% of the cost incurred by the employees for securing medical certificates for insurance claims[ weekly indemnity] and Workers Compensation claims, and any RETURN TO WORK SLIPS REQUIRED BY THE COMPANY

https://oipc.sk.ca/need-to-know-in-the-workplace-when-is-it-crossing-the-line/