Bargaining Update

USW Seeks Mediation as Evraz Negotiations Reach Impasse

Calgary, Alberta – Two Local Unions of United Steelworkers at Evraz steel facilities in Calgary and Regina have reached impasse in negotiations with their employer over the company’s outrageous concessionary demands. The union will be seeking the assistance of a mediator through the Saskatchewan Minister of Labour to advance negotiations, with the prospect of a labour dispute if mediation is unsuccessful.

Both USW 6673, representing 300 workers at Evraz Calgary, and USW 5890, representing 900 workers at Evraz Regina, have secured strike mandates, with votes of 100% and 99.3%, respectively. Evraz Calgary is a critical supplier to the North American energy market, specializing in oil and gas well casing, tubing, heat treating and EVRlock connections. Evraz Regina produces steel plate and coil, small and large diameter pipe, and oil and gas well tubing for the energy sector.

“Evraz management needs to wake up and realize that, as a profitable company, with a productive, hard-working workforce, they don’t need to attack benefits and working conditions,” says USW western Canada Director Stephen Hunt. “It’s despicable that the company is trying to squeeze out even more profits by going after benefits of young workers, retirees and surviving spouses.”

The two locals met jointly with Evraz negotiators in Calgary this week in the hopes of advancing towards a fair renewal of their Collective Agreements. Talks broke off on Tuesday morning with the company continuing to insist that concessions on the existing contract be part of the discussions and ultimately form part of any settlement. The Union has adamantly rejected rolling back benefits and terms of their existing Collective Agreements.

“Whether it’s in Calgary or Regina, Steelworkers do the hard work that makes Evraz profitable and all they are looking for in return is a fair deal that respects their work,” says Keith Turcotte, USW Staff Representative. “Rolling back benefits and conditions is not fair and the membership has said they will not accept it.”

“Evraz management needs to re-think their strategy,” adds Hunt. “We will not betray young workers and roll-back wages and benefits for new hires.”

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Contact:

Stephen Hunt, USW Director, 604-816-2554
Keith Turcotte, USW Staff Representative, 403-999-616

 

Bargaining update

Day 2 bargaining with Evraz began with the company refusing to remove any of their concessions.  The Union told the company that we are now at an impasse and bargaining has ended for this week. Under the labour code USW 5890 is required to contact the labour Minister and then apply for mediation. We have started the process, and will continue to prepare for Strike/Lockout. 6673 in Calgary has already moved thru this process and stands in solidarity with Regina

June Bargaining Update Part 2

 

Brothers & Sisters,

 

On June 20th to 22nd your USW 5890 Bargaining committee met with the company to discuss the remaining Regina local issues. We were able to sign off on most of the remaining articles including article 12.10{m} and language around early shift relief. Local issues still outstanding are Article 12.13{3 day layoff}, Article 14.14{ Health and Safety Representative} and Gantry Crane.

 

We would like to remind everyone that we have confirmed dates to meet with the company again on July 17 to 20th in Calgary for main table{monetary} discussions. The company has been informed that if we have not finished within those four days, we will be applying for mediation here in Regina.

 

As always collective bargaining is an important process for all of our members and their families. Your bargaining committee is committed to getting a fair deal for all of our members.

Your solidarity is important in everything we do. We would like to remind the membership that these bargaining updates come directly from your bargaining committees.

 

 

 

June Bargaining update

 

Brothers & Sisters,

 

On June 14th USW 6673 in Calgary held their strike vote and the results were 100% voted in favour of taking strike action. This follows the 99.3% we had here in Regina on May 25th.

 

We have confirmed dates to meet with the company again on June 20th to 22nd dealing with remaining Regina local issues and July 17th to 20th in Calgary for main table{monetary} discussions. The company has been informed that if we have not finished within those four days, we will be applying for mediation here in Regina.

 

As always collective bargaining is an important process for all of our members and their families. Your bargaining committee is committed to getting a fair deal for all of our members.

Your solidarity is important in everything we do. We would like to remind the membership that these bargaining updates come directly from your bargaining committees.

 

 

 

 

Support Your Bargaining Committee!

 

Remember

Solidarity Works!

 

Solidarity Forever!

 

Bargaining Committee USW 5890/6673

Buy Canadian Steel, Say MPs

Contractors on public works should buy Canadian steel, says the Commons trade committee. The recommendation follows a confidential 2016 Environment Canada memo that contemplated a carbon tariff on imports from foreign polluters.

“It is imperative that Canadian and foreign steel producers be subject to a level playing field,” wrote the trade committee in its report The Canadian Steel Industry’s Ability To Compete Internationally. “Global excess steelmaking capacity and the resulting dumping of foreign products into Canada have hurt Canadian steel producers.” Continue reading Buy Canadian Steel, Say MPs

Steelworkers Return from Washington: Everyone Wants a Negotiated Softwood Settlement but Path Forward Is Unclear

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 – After two intensive days of meetings with several U.S. Congressmen and Senators, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce, a delegation of Canadian Steelworkers heard the message loud and clear – a desire to negotiate a softwood lumber settlement sooner rather than later is shared across our borders.

“We had very constructive meetings. All parties were able to agree on one thing – a speedy settlement is in the best interests of both our countries and we need to get this done before the talks are polluted with other trade issues such as dairy or the reopening of NAFTA negotiations,” said the delegation’s leader, Bob Matters, Chair of the Wood Council of the United Steelworkers (USW). Continue reading Steelworkers Return from Washington: Everyone Wants a Negotiated Softwood Settlement but Path Forward Is Unclear

Canadian Forestry Workers Tell U.S. Officials: A Fair Softwood Agreement Is a Negotiated One

WASHINGTON – A delegation of Canadian members of the United Steelworkers (USW) from the wood products industry are telling U.S. politicians today that workers on both sides of the border will benefit from a negotiated settlement on lumber and the termination of unfair countervailing and anti-dumping duties imposed by the United States.

“The only way forward is together,” said Bob Matters, USW Canadian Wood Council Chair and leader of the delegation of nine Canadian forestry sector workers. “Canadians and Americans have a long history of working together and we are here this week to advocate for a fair deal that will benefit both Americans and Canadians.” Continue reading Canadian Forestry Workers Tell U.S. Officials: A Fair Softwood Agreement Is a Negotiated One

Profit Sharing Plan

All Bargaining Unit Employees

Our financial performance for the 1st quarter resulted in no payment being made under the plan.

Looking Forward
Our focus continues to be on safety, quality, improving our cost position and developing the products necessary to meet the critical demands of our customers.

3 Day layoff’s

With the high number of 3 day layoff’s being implemented in this last month, please make sure your total time lost has not exceeded 3 calendar days in this month. If so, please contact a shop steward.

Steelworkers News Release

Strong Strike Vote By Steelworkers In Response To Evraz Attacks

 

May 26, 2017

 

Regina – Members of United Steelworkers Local 5890 at Evraz Regina have voted 99.3% in favour of strike action in response to Evraz’s extreme concessionary demands.

 

Evraz Regina Steelworkers have been without a contact for nearly a year – the previous contract having expired in July 2016. Despite the union’s attempt to negotiate a fair collective agreement, Evraz management have launched an unprecedented attack on the working conditions of their own employees.

 

“This Russian-owned, American-managed company is extremely profitable, but their greed knows no bounds,” says USW western Canada Director Stephen Hunt. “Evraz is trying to squeeze out even more money by attacking the long-standing benefits of workers, including a demand to end certain pension benefits for retirees and removing a benefit for surviving spouses. It’s a sickening and shameful attack on vulnerable people.”

 

Other demands from Evraz management include:

 

  • 0% wage increase for 3 years and then 0.5% for 2 years
  • Removing Cost of Living Adjustments
  • Implement a two-tier wage system for new hires
  • Reduce overtime payments and scheduling
  • Alter the Long Term Disability Plan

 

“Every day Steelworkers at Evraz Regina do the hard work to make the steel that help builds our country and allow the company to be profitable. Instead of a fair deal that respects their work, Evraz management have declared war on their own employees. It’s a reckless decision that puts the viability of the company at risk at a time when they’ve just received a contract to provide pipe for the recently approved Trans Mountain pipeline,” says Keith Turcotte, USW Staff Representative.

 

“Our members built Evraz Regina and they are never going to accept this type of attack lying down. The exceptionally strong vote is a message to management that they should rethink the path they are heading down,” says Hunt.

 

USW Local 5890 represents approximately 900 members at Evraz Regina.

Monetary Exchange

This morning your bargaining committees from USW 5890/6673 met with the company to exchange monetary proposals. Evraz proposal contains significant concessions, 5 year duration with no wage increase in the first 3 years and a half percent in the 4th and 5th years.  Tomorrow we will be applying for mediation in Calgary. In Regina, on May 25th there will be a special membership meeting held followed by a Strike Vote. More details on location and time to follow. Feel free to talk to a bargaining committee member for further information.

USW South Sask Area Council

Below is some information regarding the 75th Anniversary Celebration being put on by the South Sask Area Council. Anyone wishing to attend or give feedback please email m.day@usw5890.com or call 306-569-9663

USW 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

FAMILY EDUCATION DAY

Sponsored by South Sask Area Council

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

 

BENGOUGH REGIONAL CAMPGROUND

 (1.15 mins. SW from Regina)

BAR-B-QUE LUNCH PROVIDED

 

We are looking for input and interest from our members for this event:

 

  1. Name and number attending

 

  1. Do you prefer golf or baseball or neither?

 

(if you wish to camp overnight – sites have been reserved –

you will be responsible for the cost)

 

Please complete below with your feedback/suggestions:

 

  1. Name                                            2
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Tubular 3 day layoff

For all individuals who were not contacted by the company and sent home for the 3 day layoff please either call the office at 569-9663, email m.day@usw5890.com, s.mackie@usw5890.com or r.mckenzie@usw5890.com so we can compile a list and file a group grievance.

Canadian Steel and Trade Tribunal

 

Canadian Steel Producers Association Welcomes Canadian International Trade Tribunal Finding and Canada Border Services Agency Re-investigation on Rebar

OTTAWA, ON–(Marketwired – May 04, 2017) – The Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) welcomes the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT)’s recent finding that the dumping of concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from the Republic of Belarus, Chinese Taipei, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Portuguese Republic and the Kingdom of Spain has caused injury to the domestic industry. As a result of this finding, duties imposed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in their final determination issued on April 3, 2017 will remain in place.

The CBSA investigation was initiated in response to a complaint filed by Canadian producers ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, G.P., Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation and AltaSteel Ltd.

“We continue to appreciate CBSA’s and the CITT’s commitment through the investigation and public hearing process to ensuring that fair trade in imports of rebar will be respected,” said CSPA President Joseph Galimberti. “It is essential for domestic steel producers and their employees, that market-based competition in Canada is preserved. This is an important outcome for the 22,000 Canadians employed directly and the 100,000 employed indirectly in steel.”

The CSPA also welcomes the CBSA’s re-investigation to update the normal values and export prices respecting certain concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China (China), the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Turkey, as well as the amount of subsidy of certain concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from China, in accordance with the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA).

This reinvestigation, initiated on May 1, 2017 and concluding by September 1, 2017, will also include an inquiry pursuant to section 20 of SIMA respecting the steel industry in China. Several recent section 20 inquiries on the Chinese steel industry by the CBSA have indicated that the domestic prices for rebar in China are substantially determined by the Government of China (GOC) and as a result, there is sufficient reason to believe that these prices are not substantially the same as they would be if they were determined in a competitive market.

The CSPA also notes that the reinvestigation will consider, in cases where changes occurred in domestic prices, market conditions or costs associated with the production and sales of the subject goods, or amounts of subsidy received, the responsibility of concerned parties to inform the CBSA of such changes in writing and in a timely manner. If the reinvestigation finds that concerned parties do not or did not properly notify the CBSA of substantial changes, or if they did not provide the information required to make any necessary adjustments to values, retroactive assessments of anti-dumping or countervailing duties may be issued.

The CBSA noted in its Notice of Reinvestigation that Agency has indications that substantial changes may have occurred during the period of investigation (October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017) and that they were not advised by the exporters of these changes as required. If these substantial changes are confirmed by the CBSA during the re-investigation, retroactive assessments will be applied and impacted parties will be notified of such a decision.

The CSPA and its member companies believe in fair and effective enforcement of trade remedy laws which support Canada’s ability to quickly respond to dumped and subsidized imports. As such, we believe this reinvestigation, allowing for the application of retroactive duties if warranted, to be an important step in ensuring the fair trade of steel products in Canada.

“Our membership will continue to monitor and vigorously defend against unfairly traded, dumped and subsidized steel products,” said Galimberti. “The recent improvements that the Government of Canada has made to our trade remedy framework are very helpful, and we look forward to further legislative enhancements to address unfair trade in Canada, as announced in Budget 2017, coming into force in the near term.”

About CSPA:

The Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) is the national voice of Canada’s $14B steel industry. Our member companies annually produce approximately 13 million tonnes of primary steel as well as over 1 million tonnes of steel pipe and tube products in facilities located across Canada. Domestic steel operations directly employ some 22,000 Canadians while supporting an additional 100,000 indirect jobs.

Unity in Collective Bargaining

As we are currently in collective bargaining we thought you would enjoy the attached video below. As our union and all its members do many important things to improve the lives of our members and their families. Collective Bargaining is one of the biggest strengths we have to achieve our goals for a better life for everyone. We hope you enjoy the video

SOLIDARITY