Unions given green light to proceed with fight over Chinese coal miners
Date: November 22 2012
Place: Regina Union Center 12th and Angus (Basement)
Time: 7:30 PM
Agenda: Bylaw changes and appointment of additional directors
Open only to Benefit Society members
Due to recent events it has come to light that Brothers & Sisters should check and make sure the correct person is listed as a beneficiary for both the Union death benefit and the bargained life insurance with Evraz.
By law Insurance Companies and or anyone who provides a benefit with a stated beneficiary must pay monies out even if they haven’t had a relationship with the deceased in a long time.
Please make sure the person you want as your beneficiary is updated by checking your benefit cards should the unthinkable happpen to you.
Members of the United Steelworkers do real work. The type of work that builds communities and creates wealth for all of Saskatchewan. When people like you work hard each and every day, it’s only right that they be treated with respect and fairness. Together, workers have fought for and won rights at their workplace. But the Sask Party wants to change all that making…
A shop steward is your co-worker and acts as a representative of the Union on behalf of members in the workplace. We encourage all our members to make a request for a steward or Union officer any time you are asked to sit down in a meeting with supervisors or management because the presense of a steward can help in many ways.
We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Brother Rob Beaudry. He will be in the thoughts and prayers of this of this Local as we extend those though our condolences to his family & friends.
A meeting was held yesterday between the Union and Company to discuss the implimentation of the new Chubb Card system and the affect on shift changes. This is what the Company is shoving at us.
“We are as reasonable as anybody when employers want to approach us reasonably and want to talk about how to benefit our members, but let me tell you this. Any Company that has it’s heart set on killing our Union or hurting our members, any Company like that needs to know, that this Union and it’s members will fight in solidarity till our very last breath if that’s what it takes. We will last one day longer.” –
Leo Gerard, USW International President
There was a general meeting held on September 20 open to all Benefit Society members in locals 5890, 5917 and 6717 to report on recent events and to elect new officers to adminster the fund.
The following brothers were elected:
President- Vasco D’Ameida
Vice-President- John Forster
Treasurer- Tory Sand
It has come to the Local’s attention that some of our members have been receiving phone calls from a company called American Income Life. The person calling claims to be representing the United Steelworkers out of BC and is offering extra life insurance to our members for a fee. The USW does NOT endorse this company in any way. The Union is unsure how they have obtained a list of members names and phone numbers. We want to assure our membership that the Union does not sell or distribute in any way, or at any time, lists or partial lists with the personal information of our members. The USW takes the privacy of our members very serious and holds this information in the strictest confidentiality.
USW District 3 & 5890 Executive
Locals 5890 and 6673 (Calgary) attended a workshop in Regina on September 17 to educate stewards in the process of assessing and determining impairment. This workshop has provided stewards the knowledge to properly and effectively recognize a worker that may be under the suspected use of drugs or alcohol in the workplace. It is important for our Union stewards and OHS members to be proficient in assessing workers for impairment. The local believes that in the past Evraz has overstepped it rights to test members for drugs and alcohol. The purposes of the training is to keep our workplace safe from drugs and alcohol and to protect our members from unwarranted and unreasonable submissions to testing.
The Local would like to advise the membership that members have the OPTION of not signing the Kronos Card Implimentation sheet after having your picture taken. Your Local has concerns with how this system is being set up and questions about the requirements of employees that we are still seeking answer for from the Company. We ask that if you do refuse to sign the sheet, be polite and respectful.
To all members of United Steelworks Locals 5890, 5917, 6717
As some of you are now aware there has been a misappropriation of funds from the United Steelworker Benefit Society. The processes that are in place to safeguard the Society’s funds worked properly and the misappropriation was detected.
The Directors of the Society acted immediately and requested an audit. The audit determined that a misappropriation of funds had occured and the individual responsible has now resigned from all positions held within the USW along with two other members of the Society that were asked to resign and both have done so. Continue reading United Steelworkers Benefit Society Release
Evraz is implementing a Knonos Chubb Card system starting October 21th 2012. The Company will be requiring all employee’s to obtain this card with their picture on it. A representative from Human Resources will be at Security in the Operations Building beginning Sept 10th/2012 from 5am-8am to take employee’s pictures. The Local will be discussing this new card system in a meeting with the Company on Sept. 10th as well
USW District 3 director Steve Hunt is arriving tomorrow from Vancouver to meet with 5890 Top Officers, Benefit Society Officers and South Saskatchwan Area Council Officers regarding the Benefit Society financial audit. Check back here for more information as it becomes available
With a unanimous vote of confidence by the Local Executive, we would like to welcome Brother Vasco D’Almeida as the new Vice President of 5890. We ask the members to extend your support to Brother D’Almeida as he transitions into his new role.
The Union would like to inform the membership that Ian Gretchen has tendered his resignation as President along with all other committees and functions within the Local. In keeping with the local by-laws of the USW, Corey Liebrecht now holds the position of President. The vacancy for Vice President will be filled accordingly by the Local Union Executive ASAP.
Following is the opinion of Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, along with his provincial and territorial counterparts.
It has become clear that the federal government, supported by a number of employer organizations, has a plan for transforming Canada’s labour market in ways that will profoundly hurt Canadians.
It’s a four-prong strategy which includes the dramatic expansion of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), the erosion of Employment Insurance, raising the country’s retirement age, as well as a systematic effort to undermine the ability of unions to stand up for the rights of working people and improve their standard of living.
As everyone should know the Sask Party has started the process of a discussion paper to outline their ideas to dilute and minimize Saskatchewan workers ability to bargain and organize collectively which effectively attacks the rights of working people like us in general
The Sask Party are proposing sweeping changes of the scope of Unions, using laws of accountability that apply to no organization except Unions to undermine their ability to represent workers, certification and decertification rules that both make it difficult for workers to organize their Union but to maintain it under an attack from their employer and succession rights of a Union if their workplace is sold (Our local has gone through a sale twice in the last 5 years and its not inconceivable a sale could happen again)
Please read the complete document for all the information Submission to Saskatchewan Minister of Labour Relations
Please read this statement from the United Steelworkers regarding the recent attacks on working people prososed by Brad Wall and his anti worker Saskatchewan party.
After a 10 day lockout that attacked workers pensions and retiree benefits Camrose workers and Evraz have reached a tentative agreement.
Here is a message from CAW rep Todd Romanow
I am pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the company as of 8:30 pm today, a ratification meeting will be held on Thursday May 24 at 3 pm. The picket line will stay in place until after the results from the ratification meeting are known. I would like to thank everyone who supported our members and the fight that this little group took on against a vicious employer. The support from the labour movement and all of our allies has been incredible and made all of the difference to our members in this fight.