Company Preparation

Your bargaining committee has been informed that Wednesday the company maybe starting the process of shutting down the furnaces. This is in preparation of the possible strike if we are not able to come to a deal this week. If the company goes down this road we have been told that it’s not a lockout but members maybe sent home and that will be with pay.

As the week progresses we will get our members the most information we can. Either through the mass texts, facebook pages, strike captains or this web site.

In Solidarity

Bargaining Update

Sisters & Brothers

USW Local 5890 held two membership meeting on Monday the 21st which were well attended. The bargaining committee announced that the union will be meeting again with the company for further negotiations  on September 5,6,7 2017 with the hopes of reaching an agreement. We also went over where things stood in terms of what we were asking for and what the company was asking. Below is an overview of what was discussed and where it stood at the end of mediation.

 

Evraz’s Proposal to USW 

4 year term

Pension

$0.50 increase 2018 for “future service” & $0.50 increase in 2019 for past service

O&T pension increase in 2018 move from 1.36% to 1.38% …… 0.02% increase

Wages        

Aug. 2016….0% + cola

Aug. 2017….0% + cola

Aug. 2018….1% + cola

Aug. 2019….1% + cola

$1,500 Lump Sum at ratification

New Hire Transition Wages

Starting at 70% of current rates going up 10% each year over a 3 year period

Excluding skilled Trade New Hires. The company went from years to hours on the “transition rates” but still starting at 70%.

 

USW’s Proposal to Evraz

3 year term

Pension

At the end of the term of this contract we want the Basic Pension to be $70 per year of service. This would get the pension to $100 with the bridge. O&T increase equivalent to the P&M increase.

Pension Earn back/Pickup factor re-date to Dec. 31, 2015

Pensioner Benefit Bonus $1,000 and Surviving Spouse $600 re-date/re-sign

Wages

Aug. 2016….3% on JC 2 and all classifications + cola and retro

Aug. 2017….3% on JC 2 and all classifications + cola and retro

Aug. 2018….3.5% on JC 2 and all classifications + cola

Re-date and Re-sign Cola

Shift Premiums

Increase the second or afternoon shift to $0.75/hour

Increase the third or night shift to $1.00/hour

Increase Saturdays to $1.25/hour

Increase Sundays to $1.50/hour

Other Items

Increase Vision to $500

Increase Prescription Drugs to unlimited

Increase Bereavement to shifts worked (8hr, 10hr, 12hr shifts will be paid those hours x amount of days)

Weekly Indemnity re-date/re-sign and supply pay stubs to members

Safety Rep selection and pay rate

Re-sign/Re-date all Letters of Understanding

On September 5, 2017 USW Local 6673 & 5890 will be commencing these days of negotiations by serving the company strike notice. In the unfortunate event no agreement can be reached within the 3 days of negotiations both locals will be on strike the morning of September 8, 2017

If you have any questions please contact a member of the bargaining committee

Solidarity Forever

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

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.

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.

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

April Bargaining update

 Local 5890/6673

CHAIN BARGAINING UPDATE

 On April 24th to 28th your bargaining committees from USW 5890 &6673 met with the company to conclude common non-monetary proposals. Your union was prepared to exchange monetary proposals but unfortunately the company was not prepared so the exchange will be delayed. Although some progress was made with non-monetary language, the week didn’t go as anticipated. The company was not prepared to exchange monetary proposals because of the changes in management. That should be concerning considering there was more representation from the Camrose plant then our own Steel division.

We have a confirmed date to meet with the company on May 17th, 2017 to exchange monetary proposals. If you will remember we exchanged non-monetary proposals with the company on May 19th, 2016.

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.

 

 

Why a labour leader who backed Hillary Clinton is now drawn to Donald Trump’s side

AARON P. BERNSTEIN/REUTERSi

DAVID SHRIBMAN

PITTSBURGH

SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

APRIL 21, 2017

What’s wrong with this picture from the White House Thursday?

There’s President Donald Trump, sitting at his Oval Office desk, the iconic yellow curtains behind him and a group of American grandees, including the Commerce Secretary, surrounding him. And at the centre of the picture is Leo Gerard, who’s not even an American and who is president of a union that backed Hillary Clinton in the November election.

That picture – capturing an unusual, even uncomfortable president-to-president moment – is a glimpse of how the isms have become wasms in American politics. Mr. Gerard, who grew up near Sudbury in Lively, Ont., and is the chief of the 1.2-million-member United Steelworkers, was plainly uneasy in the Trump White House. But on a day in which the 45th President also launched an unscripted attack on Canadian dairy-trade practices, Mr. Gerard felt he had a vital role to play.

“The important thing for my being there is that Canada’s not the problem that the United States has in the steel industry,” Mr. Gerard said in an interview Friday in his office, a 12th-floor aerie with a spectacular view of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. “The problem with the steel industries of both countries – Canada and the United States – is the onslaught of unfairly traded steel, primarily from China but also from Japan, South Korea and India.”

The occasion for Mr. Gerard’s White House appearance was Mr. Trump’s signature on a memorandum calling for an investigation that could lead to barriers to steel imports from China and other nations with steel industries – a move that pleased Mr. Gerard and that Mr. Trump said was aimed at helping the American workers who he said were “one of the primary reasons I’m sitting here today as President.” Mr. Trump cited national security and invoked half-century-old statute for the basis of his initiative.

Mr. Gerard’s union may have opposed Mr. Trump’s election, but its members supported many elements of the Trump political appeal – not so much a contradiction as a commentary on the impatience and frustration that blue-collar workers have in the second decade of the 21st century.

“In the industrial heartland – and I refuse to call it the Rust Belt – a number of our members voted for Trump because he talked about doing the things they believed needed to be done, especially rebuilding manufacturing,” Mr. Gerard said.

“No one really was as aggressive or assertive as he was. He spoke directly to their concerns.” Then he added: “Part of the difficulty is that he’s got to deal with a Republican majority in Congress that over the time I’ve been around has never really lifted a finger to make life better for workers. In fact, they’ve done the opposite.”

The route from Mr. Gerard’s youth, as the son of an Inco Limited miner and volunteer labour organizer, to Mr. Trump’s office took him through negotiations involving Wilbur Ross, now the Commerce Secretary in Mr. Trump’s cabinet. Labour leaders such as Mr. Gerard sometimes are exceedingly wary of commerce secretaries – Herbert Hoover was perhaps the most famous – and often are more congenial to labour secretaries.

But Mr. Gerard considers Mr. Ross, who has a history of rescuing bankrupt manufacturing companies, as a vital ally.

“Back in the start of the 21st century, we had a huge crisis in the steel industry – again – and we worked with Wilbur Ross and were able to save the majority of LTV and Bethlehem Steel,” said Mr. Gerard. “I can remember they were going to close LTV’s Cleveland operations, and we got support to keep it going from Wilbur Ross. Today, that Cleveland mill is one of the most modern, efficient mills in the world – and they were going to bulldoze the thing.”

It was the involvement this spring of Mr. Ross, and the contemporary crisis in the steel industry, that drew Mr. Gerard to Mr. Trump’s side, at least for a signing ceremony.

“Part of the reason I was willing to go to the thing with Trump was to make it understood that it’s not just steel,” Mr. Gerard said. “The same thing’s happening in aluminum, cement, glass. The trade laws don’t work. On both sides of the border, we have to fix the trade laws. The American and Canadian worker should not have to pay this price.

“Don’t tell me we can’t compete,” he continued. “We can’t compete against cheaters.” Mr. Gerard, who during the 2016 campaign criticized Mr. Trump’s companies for using imported steel, isn’t the only North American labour leader to find himself by the new President’s side. Leaders of the United Auto Workers and the Building Trades Union have favoured Trump initiatives in his first hundred days on behalf of the automobile industry and energy-pipeline interests, respectively.

In his youth, Mr. Gerard, now 70, sat on the basement stairs listening to stewards’ meetings conducted by his father. He signed on with a contractor doing work in the local nickel smelter one summer. Eventually, he abandoned his dream of becoming an economics professor. He first visited Toronto when he began to advance in the Canadian labour movement.

Mr. Gerard, whose Northern Ontario accent would be unremarkable in Sudbury but is a colourful presence in Pittsburgh, knows he is playing a difficult role in Mr. Trump’s United States. But as the president of the largest industrial union in North America, he is an experienced political hand and believes he has both a strategy and a tactic.

“What we did, after the election, was to indicate that if the President wanted to renegotiate NAFTA and have a big infrastructure program and re-energize and rebuild the manufacturing base, we would be ready to help him,” he said. “But at the same time, if and how it gets done is important. If [Mr. Trump] is going to rebuild infrastructure by having toll roads and all that jazz, that would shift the cost back to workers, that would not be the best way to rebuild the infrastructure.” But Mr. Gerard speaks as much as a Canadian as a labour leader.

“Part of my role is to make sure I’m a voice for our members on both sides of the border,” he said. “Steel, rubber, cement, glass – I make it clear Canada is not part of the problem.”