News, Developments and Information

U.S. Steel tables offer to USW Local 1005 workers

U.S. Steel tabled an offer to United Steelworkers Local 1005 on Tuesday as the two sides met for the first time since steelworkers were locked out 10 months ago.

Rolf Gerstenberger, president of Local 1005, said the union is crafting a comprehensive response to the offer.

Trevor Harris, U.S. Steel spokesperson, said it’s expected the two sides will meet next week to discuss that response.

The site of the talks  was not made public and neither side would comment on the negotiations.Earlier this month, U.S. Steel arranged for a provincial mediator, Simon Clark, to be present at the talks. The key issue is pensions.The future of Hamilton Works and hundreds of families hangs in the balance. Soon, unemployment insurance will expire for many workers who will be facing a $200 weekly paycheque, the amount the union offers in strike pay.

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Thompson Manitoba Workers settle difficult contract

THOMPSON — The nearly 1,100 members of the United Steelworkers union in Thompson have ratified a three-year contract with Vale Ltd.

Workers will receive a salary increase of 7.5 per cent over three years as well as pension improvements and cost of living allowances, the union said Friday.

The deal includes hiring clauses meant to help workers laid off when the nickel miner — the former Inco Ltd. — shuts down its Thompson smelting and nickel refining plant permanently in 2015.

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Joint Bargaining Committee update (Non-Monetary and Monetary)

Non-Monetary update

As you know we started local bargaining in May. Non- Monetary bargaining is about improving the language in the agreement as it affects all members every day.  Local issues were discussed by both BargainingCommittees (LU 5890 and 6673 in Regina and Calgary). The next step was main table common (common to both locals) non-monetary bargaining. Both locals began this process roughly 6 weeks ago. Non-Monetary bargaining has gone fairly well. Calgary has settled all their local issues and Regina has several issues outstanding with several days scheduled over the next couple of weeks to work on them.

Although the sessions have been fairly successful there are still outstanding common non-monetary issues in both locals.

Monetary Update

Both locals (5890 and 6673) tabled and exchanged a joint Monetary Package on September 13 with theCompany (We gave the Company our proposals and they gave us theirs). Even though we have exchanged the monetary packages, we have a number of non-monetary issues yet to discuss and as we have said they are important issues.

There are issues in Evraz’s monetary proposals that the Union is concerned with. We are having them reviewed by the Union’s research department before we proceed.

Alberta Mediation

In the meantime to conform to Alberta Labour laws we have adjourned monetary bargaining with the Company and are applying for Mediation in Alberta. The mediation process is mandatory and necessary to keep both locals going in the same direction at the same time. This is what SOLIDARITY is about; we are working together for the greater good of both Locals.

Regular Monthly Meetings

Regular monthly General Membership meetings are scheduled for September 19, in Regina, and September 28, in Calgary. These are normal monthly general membership meetings and very little will be said about bargaining at them. Regular business will be conducted.

Once the mediation process is scheduled and your bargaining committees have a full report from the Unions Research Department in our National Office we will schedule a Special Meeting, to provide all of you,with a detailed update on Local bargaining issues, common non-monetary bargaining issues and common monetary bargaining issues. As soon as the meetings are scheduled we will have posters out with plenty of notice with dates, time and place.


We want to take this time to thank, you the members of United Steelworkers Locals 5890 and6673, for your support, patience and understanding. Our success, so far, is because of your support. To the many who have attended recent meetings and those who will attend future meeting, we thank you.



Bargaining Update and Order Picture

The Bargaining Committee just met for two days with the Company on non-monetary issues. There were two articles settled with improvements (Article 6.04 and Article 8.00). The Company and the Union have moved closer on a few other issues.

After the session was completed the Company informed the Executive Commitee of the order picture in coming months. According to the Company by  mid October welding in spiral will be complete which will affect coil prep, the spiral mills, and yard employment levels. Two weeks after welding is complete the finishing lines should be done finishing the order. This is all expected to cause layoffs.

According to the Company the 2′ mill  should go back to full production (4 shifts)  when the steelmill can provide coils.

According to the Company the 24″ mill will be  unaffected.

Steel side employment levels will depend on new orders of steel to replace the spiral orders (eg. service center orders)

According to the Company (today) the level of cutbacks  will be up to 250 people in tubular. The Steel numbers as of today are uncertain.

We want to remind all members to remember that these types of events have happened in the past when orders  are complete and that this is not just happening during or because we are in bargaining.


Steel Division Lines of Progression

The issue of Lines of Progression lists has been a topic several times during bargaining, specifically the question was asked why the Company did not produce a Line of Progression list every quarter or even in the last two years. After several discussions the Company has agreed finally to produce and post an accurate list of all the Lines of Progression in the Steel Division. The documents will be displayed on the Company’s “My Evraz” internal website as well as below. Please check the lists and and make sure they are correct. If you find a mistake please contact either Kevin Snell or Marcus Zeigler.

Steel Rolling Mill LOP August 30, 2011

Steel Melt Shop LOP August 30, 2011


More Trouble at US Steel- USW Local 1005 Weighs In

In approving an injunction against USW Local 1005, the judge declared that Local 1005 had provided no proof that the bricklayers crossing its picket line were scabs. This is a hilarious statement given, as the judge said, scabbing is legal in Ontario and that refuting proof of scabbing is not a requirement to grant an injunction! Despite this, several affected parties seem to think they have been vindicated by the judge’s pronouncement – notably Hamilton’s own Benedict Arnold, U.S. Steel’s “I lost my GPS” Trevor Harris and now several others who seem to think the bricklayers deserve an apology for being called scabs. So we thought we would weigh in on the matter.
By any definition one wants to use, performing the work of Local 1005 members, or facilitating others to perform the work of 1005 members, is scabbing.

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C.W.S Bargaining Sub Committee Results

Both the Union Bargaining Committee agreed to convene a Co-operative Wage Study Sub-Committee session during a break from regular bargaining to settle long outstanding issues so CWS issues would not have to form part of negotiations

The result of the sub-committee meetings was fairly productive.  There were 3 outstanding Production and Maintenance jobs settled. Three Office and Technical jobs were studied again as well

The three Productin and Maintenance jobs settled were:

  • Pipe Physical Tester; increase of one job class from JC 14 to JC 15
  • Spiral Mill Operator; increase of one job class from JC 19 to JC 20
  • Spiral Mill Cranes : increase of two job class from JC 9 to JC 11

Office and Technical jobs that were studied were:

  • Senior Metalurgical Technologist was re-evaluated and will remain at the original interim job clas of JC 15
  • Lab Leader; increase of one job clas from JC 13 to JC  14
  • Buyers Job; the “Buyers Job” is still under review and will be addressed at the Bargaining Table


C.O.L.A roll in

The Company announced today that COLA calculation  for the second quarter amounts to 2¢ per hour

If you are not aware, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the C.O.L.A is rolled in at the end of our agreement. This amount will be $1.62 and will now form part of everyones base wage.

The Company has also stated that “retro” pay of 2¢ per hour will be paid out on Sept 2 for the pay period ending on August 28.


Jack Layton

Jack Layton

As you are probably aware Jack Layton died this morning. He was a great Canadian who fought tirelessly for social justice for Canadians, especially working Canadians like us. He was a great friend to the Unions and the  the Labour movement in general.

When Jack realized he was not going to survive his Cancer he wrote the following letter:

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue. Continue reading Jack Layton

Membership Meeting

The membership meeting for August will be held on August 25 at a place yet to be determined. The place will be determined on Monday August 15. Please check back here or look for the postings on plant bulletin boards on August 15.

Something to think about before it happens in this country

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died …a letter from Michael

Friday, August 5th, 2011


From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, “When did this all
begin, America’s downward slide?” They say they’ve heard of a time when
working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one
parent’s income (and that college in states like California and New York was
almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. That
people only worked five days a week, eight hours a day, got the whole weekend
off and had a paid vacation every summer. That many jobs were union jobs, from
baggers at the grocery store to the guy painting your house, and this meant
that no matter how “lowly” your job was you had guarantees of a
pension, occasional raises, health insurance and someone to stick up for you if
you were unfairly treated.

Young people have heard of this mythical time — but it was no myth, it was
real. And when they ask, “When did this all end?”, I say, “It
ended on this day: August 5th, 1981.” Continue reading Something to think about before it happens in this country

Bargaining Update

Your Joint Bargaining Committee has finished another three days
of negotiations (Aug 3, 4, 5) on Non-Monetary issues. We have not begun to
bargain monetary issues yet.

Negotiations are progressing slowly but are still progressing.
The committee was able to come to tentative agreement on the following issues

  • Article 5.02- Small improvements
  • Article 5.03- Improvements to Reasonable Discipline
  • Article 10.01 – housekeeping andaddition of Family Day

The parties have agreed to meetagain August 31, Sept 1, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14.

In the meantime both parties have agreed that the Co-operative Wage Study (C.W.S.) committees for will meet, address and resolve all
the outstanding issues before bargaining begins again.


The Collective Bargaining agreement expired last night at midnight. At this point negotiations between Evraz and the USW bargaining chain is still progressing.  Chain Bargaining in conjunction with Local 6673 is scheduled to resume on August 3 (Wed) to continute to negotiate  outstanding local issues and common issues along side the Calgary local with Evraz.

Everyone in our local is to report to work as usual at this time.

Bargaining Update

Your Bargaining Committee met with the company on July 26th and 27th in Regina.

All non-monetary proposals common between LU 5890 and LU 6673 were reviewed and discussed.

As well unresolved local issues were reviewed again.

Several other outstanding issues were brought forward to the company and the company outlined a list of their upcoming proposals.

We are hopeful that with an improved understanding of each other’s positions we will be able to begin to solve these issues.

Both parties have agreed to meet again Aug. 3, 4 & 5th.


Bargaining Update

Your Bargaining Committee just completed another two days of non-monetary (no money) negotiation with the Company. There are several local issues still outstanding that the parties are very close to a resolve. There is a sub-committee meeting being scheduled next week to attempt to bring a resolve closer and a possible agreement before main table bargaining. If no agreement is reached then these issues will move as well to main table bargaining.

The parties have agreed to meet again on July 26, 27 and August 3, 4, 5 to begin main table bargaining of the remaining non-monetary local and joint proposals in conjunction with Calgary LU 6673.

Bargaining Update

The Bargaining Committee just completed another 2 days of non-monetary (no money) bargaining with the Company. During the last 2 days we have clarified and strengthened the language in the following articles:

  • 12.05- Temporary Employees (new language is clearer and adds improvements to rights of new hires)
  • 12.08 (e) Job Posting Procedures
  • Joint Seniority, Shift and Overtime Committee (clarification)

We have been unable to come to agreement on roughly half of the issues which will now progress to the next level of negotiations which is called “non-monetary main table” when local non-monetary bargaining is completed.

The parties have agreed to meet again on July 14 and 15 for another round of non-monetary local bargaining.


Tubular Division Line of Progression

The Tubular Divsion Line of Progression is now posted on “My EVRAZ”. As per the Collective Bargaining agreement everyone in the Tubular division has an opportunity to dispute their job seniority according to the LOP list for 30 days (starting Wednesday June 15). After the 30 day period no changes will be made except through the course of regular business in the future.