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EVRAZ Unity Council

 UNITED STEELWORKERS AT EVRAZ LOCATIONS IN CANADA AND THE USA FORM UNITY COUNCIL

 BURNABY, BC – Earlier this week, leaders of four United Steelworkers (USW) local unions certified to Evraz NA operations in the USA and Canada met for two days in Las Vegas, Nevada to form a “Unity Council,” in order to deal with the Moscow-based multinational on a common front. The union leaders represent over 2,600 workers at Evraz steel and pipe plants in Pueblo, Colorado; Calgary, Alberta and Regina, Saskatchewan.

“This is an important step in bringing workers together across borders to share information, strategies and plans with respect to a common employer,” says USW District 12 Director, Robert LaVenture, chair of the Unity Council.

“Steelworkers across international boundaries know that they need to work together if we want to balance our interests against powerful global companies like Evraz,” says LaVenture, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The local unions, staff and leadership agreed to form a Unity Council that will formalize their relationship and take steps to expand the council to include other Evraz NA workers, some of whom are represented by other trade unions and others without union representation.

“Ultimately, we would like to see a worldwide group of Evraz workers that is able to meet regularly and work to ensure that the company’s workforce, regardless of country or nationality, is treated fairly and has strong union representation,” says USW Western Canada (District 3) Director, Stephen Hunt. “This meeting is an exciting step in building global solidarity among workers at Evraz.”

The USW local unions that participated in the meeting were: USW 6673 (Calgary), USW 5890 (Regina), USW Local 2102 (Pueblo) and USW 3267 (Pueblo).

Contact:  Scott Lunny  604-329-5308 / slunny@usw.ca

Pre-Bargaining Meeting

7:30 AM and 7:30 PM

Austrian Club 320 Maxwell Cresent

January 24, 2011

This meeting will be an abbrevriated monthly meeting with the main focus on direction from our local when bargaining begins

Bargaining Surveys will only be handed out at the meeting. If you can not attend the meeting then surveys can be picked up from the Union office (#26 395 Park Street). Copied surveys will not be accepted.

Illegal locker search

The Company intends to search lockers starting on October 26. This action is illegal without the occupants of the locker present when the search is conducted. This is a blatant act of disregard of your property and especially your privacy. At this time the Union will be filing a group grievance and will not be condoning this illegal act in any way. If after the search you have damaged property or missing articles please report them to a shop steward so they can be added to the damages demanded in the grievance.

There will be a special meeting on September 7 at 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM at 320 Maxwell Crescent (Austrian Club) to discuss job seniority for ticketed tradesmen.

Please make every effort to attend to make sure your voice is heard