Summer School Travel Itinerary

We are meeting at 6:30am, leaving at 7 am, at the office on June 10th. Coming back June 16th, late evening. We have to pick up a member from 5917 out of Moose Jaw on the way as well.

We have rooms booked at the Super 8 in Fernie again this year for the 10th as we could not get rooms at the lodge. We would like to leave  at 9:00 am on the 11th to Kimberly.

Also I have booked a tee time at the trickle creek golf resort for 11:09 am if anyone would like to join. There’s room for 2-6 more players.
If you want to add anything else to the message feel free to do so.
Kael Dolejsi
President
USW LU5917

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:

 

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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.

Steel Trade with U.S

Brothers and Sisters,

On March 16th  members from your executive along with District 3 director Steve Hunt and Staff Representative Leslie McNabb met with the Honorable Ralph Goodale to discuss the impact  Steel trade with the U.S has on Steelworkers in Western Canada.

Much of our discussion was about the impact a “buy american” policy in the U.S would affect our members and Evraz as a whole. Mr. Goodale was very receptive to the talks and we left him with a few things to take back to the cabinet and the Prime Minister. We made the point that like our American counterparts, Canada’s steel industry has suffered from global overcapacity and the dumping of steel products primarily by China, Japan, Korea and Turkey. Without maintaining fair trade, and fair access to markets the Canadian government must be as vigorous as our American counterparts in defending Canadian workers. In the U.S unions have the direct ability to file trade complaints and in Canada we can not. An issue we would like to see changed.

Recent discussions in the U.S regarding the Keystone Pipeline have often incorrectly referred to Canadian made pipe from Regina as “Russian” pipe. The discussions  ignore that a significant portion of the pipeline will also traverse within Canada. They also ignore that there is no comparable pipeline manufacturer within the U.S that can produce the volume and quality that we can.

 

We will continue to fight for our jobs!

In Solidarity

 

President’s Message

Brothers and Sisters,

As 2016 is coming to an end I would like to wish all our members and families a safe and happy New Year. For some of our members and their families 2016 was a difficult and challenging year and now to look into 2017 with the hope that things are turning around.

As 2017 rolls in brothers and sisters, I would like to thank each and every one of you for what you do as Steelworkers. Our members have built and shaped miles and miles of some of the most important infrastructure in North America and I believe it’s about time you all got credit for what you do. Be proud of the job you do.

As far as safety goes, I want to make sure that everyone knows no matter the pressures of work to always make sure you are working safe for you, your brothers, sisters and all their families. Please be safe. Don’t be afraid to speak to  someone if it looks like they are possibly in an unsafe situation. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone in general and get to know them. We have many members from all different walks of life. Say a good word about the work you do and your Union. Your a Steelworker and have much to be proud of.

Once again I would like to wish you all a safe and happy New Year. All the best in 2017.

In Solidarity

Mike Day

 

 

 

 

IMPROPER LAYOFF GRIEVANCE IN STEEL DIVISION

On April 1st, 2016 the union filed a group grievance for what the union saw as an improper layoff notice under article 12.13{3 day clause}. On March 17th the company issued a 2 week layoff notice for members in the steel division. Then on March 24th the company then invoked article 12.13 for a shortage of work affecting parts of the Meltshop and Caster. The unions position was that during a layoff notice, the employee’s rate of pay and normal hours of work cannot be cut.

After months of discussion on this grievance the company has agreed to pay the 35 affected employee’s their 12 hours of pay on the December 2nd pay. Below is the attached list of employee’s

 

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In Solidarity

CBA BOOKS

​The Union has filed a grievance under Article 18.04 Copies of Agreement

The Company and the Union desire every employee to be familiar with the provisions of this Agreement and his rights and duties under it. For this reason, the Company will have the Agreement printed in booklet form and Management will give a copy to each employee.

Bargaing Update

A Bargaining Update will be given at the monthly membership meeting on Nov. 21st.

Changes have been made to the lines of progression in the Steel Division.  For the EAF, LMF and the new position, Degasser.

We also have an update on the status of the current CBA.
Please come out to our monthly meeting and be the 1st to know what has transpired from last week’s, 4 days of meetings with Evraz.
Come out and ask any questions that you may have, to the bargaining committee.

Grievance Protocol Practice

Recently as you may know the the Union filed a complaint to the Saskatchewan Labour Board regarding Evraz engaging in unfair labour practices. Before a hearing with the  Labour Board an agreement was reached with Evraz. It is as the following:

GRIEVANCE PROTOCOL

In the interest of encouraging constructive grievance handling and resolution, the parties agree as follows:

  1. If an employee wishes to discuss an active grievance with a supervisor, the supervisor will ensure that a shop steward or member of the union executive is present for the discussion and, regardless of who initiates such a discussion, the discussion will not occur without the presence of the shop steward or member of the union executive.
  2. If it appears that the terms of paragraph 1 are not being followed, the Local President will inform the Senior Human Resource Manager or Senior Divisional Operations Manager for attention.
  3. The parties affirm the importance of the grievance process and remain committed to ensuring its integrity.
  4. Nothing in this protocol is intended to affect or restrain regular operational communications on the shop floor, nor alter the terms of the collective agreement related to grievances and arbitration.

DATED October 6, 2016.

Pension on Vacation

It has come to our attention that some members may have not received pensionable hours while on vacation. The language from our pension text reads as follows.

1.23  Regular Hours means straight time hours actually worked and, in addition, regular straight time hours for each paid statutory holiday and for each day of paid annual vacation.

If you have not received pensionable hours for vacation or any other reason please contact a Shop Steward or Local Executive member.

Brother Rosko

Brothers and Sisters,

As some of you may or may not know Brother Rosko was Falsely accused of theft back in March. During this process our Brother was left at home for 5 days while the company had no evidence of theft, just accusations. Since that time Brother Rosko has returned to work with the discipline removed from his record. In an attempt to clear the name of our brother please see the attached letter from the company as their apology.

 

In Solidarity

 

glenn-rosko-letter

CUPW’s struggle is our struggle

CUPW is one of the largest unions in the country and as such might as well have a bullseye painted on it’s head. If we allow our own government corporation to shut down this union and take away their pensions and continue to pay women 30% less than male workers it will be the death knoll of the labour movement in Canada. Every neoliberal of course salivates at the thought of our perfectly good crown corporations being defunded to the point of nonfunctioning and then sold off to the lowest oligarch bidder. Crown corporations were created to fulfill a need OTHER THAN seeking profit. This dominant culture of the individual has divided us into winners and losers, and even the losers are brainwashed into thinking they are winners by embracing greed and entitled superiority as their own, even when they are slowly but surely enslaved and economically compromised by the very politicians and elites that they support and vote for. Continue reading CUPW’s struggle is our struggle

Dead Shift

It has come to the attention of the Union that since roughly April 1, 2016 some members have not been getting paid for their dead shift. Please go back and check your pay stubs and if you feel there is some discrepancy please contact a Union Steward.

 

In Solidarity

Overtime

Over the past while there has been some questions on how overtime is to distributed. Please read the language bellow for an understanding.

Article 9.09         Overtime Distribution

 Rotating Overtime

The Company shall attempt to rotate and spread overtime work as evenly as possible among the employees in the department of which the overtime occurs. It is understood that permanent employees shall have preference in the selection of overtime.

Continue reading Overtime

160 hrs in 28 days

For all Steel employee’s who have not been paid overtime for working over 160 hours, there is a group grievance being filed with the company. Please keep track of your hours till there is a resolve to this matter. The Union has also requested that employee’s remain on the B15 shift until this matter is resolved.

USW 5890 Pension Seminar

May 3rd & 4th
7:30pm
Eagles Club
1600 Halifax Street
Regina

Senior USW staff will be in attendance to go over details and answer any questions you may have regarding our Pension plans, as well as address current market conditions and outlook for the Canadian Steel industry.
Please take this opportunity to come out and ask questions and find out how you will be impacted in the future.

Today from Rachel Notley

Today, in Montreal, I delivered the following message to hundreds of Steelworkers from around the country:
Quite frankly, Albertans can’t continue to support Canada’s economy, unless Canada supports us.
So I come here today to say let’s put aside divisive battles and let’s work together. We need to open up new markets by building a modern and carefully regulated pipeline to tidewater, because it’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that the energy exports that ARE permitted under the Climate Leadership Plan get the best possible world price.
We must get this done, or everybody loses.
We must open up new markets for our energy.
We must get to “yes” on a new pipeline.
(Photo: United Steelworkers – Syndicat des Métallos)

SASK. PARTY PASSES ON AN OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN

The Own It! Campaign and Project: Community have partnered to host all-candidates debates on Crowns and public services in Moose Jaw, Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon.

All parties were invited. Only the Sask. Party issued an outright refusal to participate in any of the debates.

The Sask. Party: they’re just #NotListening.

For details on the debates, visit:www.notlistening.ca/events.

The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in Sask.