Steelworkers back opposition party agreement to protect pensions

Almost 5 years ago members of Local 5890 started to lobby to protect pensions by meeting with Federal Conservative members from Saskatchewan at the invite of Warren Steinley. It is a much needed change to protect pensions in this country that, at that time NDP MP Scott Duvall was pushing for as well. This is great news that 3 political parties have come together and see the need for change. Below is the release from the Canadian National Director fully supporting this agreement.

OTTAWA – After years of work and advocacy to ensure legal protection for workers’ pensions in case of bankruptcy, the United Steelworkers union (USW) announced its full support today for a new three-party agreement that would finally make these protections a reality.

“Pensions are deferred wages, but over and over again, we’ve seen how current laws allow corporate executives and other creditors get fully paid out while leaving workers with less or none of what they had earned for their retirement,” said USW National Director Marty Warren. “It amounts to theft.”

The agreement was announced today by Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill and NDP MP Daniel Blaikie.

The three parties have agreed to vote Gladu’s bill (C-228) through to committee next week. Once at committee, the parties will vote together to pass important changes to the bill.

The resulting legislation will give priority to paying out pensions as well as termination and severance pay owed to workers in case of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. After passing the committee, the three parties will also have the votes to pass it through the House of Commons.

“We’ve been lobbying and working with all the political parties for years on this issue. It’s good to see these three parties listen to our members and get together to put workers ahead of partisan political games. We remain hopeful the Liberals will also support these changes, to make it unanimous,” said USW Quebec Director Dominic Lemieux.

“With the current laws, workers have seen their futures disappear before their eyes, when the pensions they had worked for were ripped away. When this becomes law, it will mean workers in Canada will be able to be much more confident that they’ll be paid what they’re owed,” said Lemieux.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

3rd National Gathering of Indigenous Steelworkers

Members,

The local has been approved to send up to 4 members to the 3rd National Gathering of Indigenous Steelworkers running October 5th-6th in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario.

This gathering will be a place for Indigenous Steelworkers to share their experiences and to contribute to our union’s ongoing strategy for advancing the rights of Indigenous workers and Indigenous communities. It will also coincide with a week of activities organized by USW local unions in Sault Ste. Marie to share truth and promote reconciliation.

For members wishing to participate please email m.day@usw5890.com to apply.

Statement on Overpayment

Members,

As you may be aware, due to a “clerical error”, there was an overpayment to all unionized employees paid out on May 27,2022. 

According to the Company, the average overpayment per person was about $110 each in Regina and Calgary. The total overpayment amount for everyone was $110,915.46.

Both Union Locals and the Company have come to an agreement that there will not be any garnishing of wages or other repayment methods instituted to reclaim the overpayment.

Instead, the total overpayment amount will be deducted from the Company profits and applied to the calculations for the 2nd quarter Profit Sharing Program.

This agreement between the Company and the Union completely resolves the issue and no further grievance, appeal or complaint will be filed by either party regarding this issue. 

In Solidarity.

Construction Work Opportunity

Members,

Breck Construction and Systems Scaffolding has several projects in Saskatchewan and need resources. They have open calls with the carpenters and millwright’s unions.  If any of our members are carpenters or millwrights, or have experience in concrete, or scaffolding they could potentially assist in putting you to work. Projects are in Lanigan Potash, Cory Potash, Allan Potash, Weyburn, and some small projects in the Regina area. They would permit the people into the hall while they are working.  The pay is good with overtime and potentially a live out allowance.  Our immediate need would be our Lanigan project.  I’ll stop by your office today around 11:00 make your acquaintance in person and we can discuss further.  

If any one wishes to apply please contact Sean at

Breck Construction, Systems Scaffolding

Phone: (306) 242-5532 ext. 224

scomeau@breckconstruction.ca

COLA Adjustment

The CPI figure for April was released on May 18, 2022. Per the Collective Agreement, the following calculation will apply:


January 2022 147.8
April 2022 152.4


Difference 4.6
Divide difference by .063 = $0.73

Effective May 22, 2022, COLA will be $1.72 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 0.99.

2021 4th Quarter Profit Sharing

Members,

There has been a further delay to the year end audited statement. With that, the Company and the Union are currently working on a letter of Understanding to get the 4th quarter payment to you before the complete year end audit is done. Once completed we will post on this site.

INTER-DIVISIONAL TRANSFER NOTICE

From:             Human Resources

Date:              April 27, 2022

Re:                  INTER-DIVISIONAL TRANSFER NOTICE

Positions Available at EVRAZ Regina Steel




Please be advised that the Regina Operations will be staffing 20 steel helper temporary positions for vacation coverage.  

Given the current layoff status in Tubular, and in accordance with the terms of the LOU Interdivisional Transfers, all tubular employees are encouraged to apply by May 4th 2022.

Please contact Breanne Ehman at Breanne.Ehman@evrazna.com; Mike Day at m.day@usw5890.com; as soon as possible if you would like to be considered for these positions.

Kind Regard,

Colleen Ackerman

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Please note that this is open to ALL Tubular employees not just laid off employees. Currently this is Temporary for vacation relief with a possibility of turning into permanent.

USW 5890





C.O.L.A Payments

Here are the C.O.L.A numbers from Aug 2020 to current {Feb 2022}. Retro pay for C.O.L.A will now be paid out on the April 14/2022 pay. The previous information supplied to the Union by the Company of $1.33 was incorrect. The current C.O.L.A rate you should see on your paystub already is $.99.

The CPI figure for October was released on November 18, 2020

July 2020 141.4
October 2020 141.6
Difference .2
Divide difference by .063 = $0.03
Effective November 22, 2020, COLA will be $.03 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 0.00.

The CPI figure for January was released on February 19, 2021

October 2020 141.6
January 2021 141.9
Difference .3
Divide difference by .063 = $0.04
Effective February 28, 2021, COLA will be $.07 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 0.03.

The CPI figure for April was released on May 19, 2021

January 2021 141.9
April 2021 143.9
Difference 2.0
Divide difference by .063 = $0.31
Effective May 23, 2021, COLA will be $.38 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 0.07

The CPI figure for July was released on August 19, 2021

April 2021 143.9
July 2021 144.7
Difference .8
Divide difference by .063 = $0.12
Effective August 29, 2021, COLA will be $.50 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 0.38.

The CPI figure for October was released on November 17, 2021

August 2021 144.7
October 2021 146.1
Difference 1.4
Divide difference by .063 = $0.22
Effective November 21, 2021, COLA will be $.72 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 0.50.

The CPI figure for January was released on February 16, 2022

August 2021 146.1
January 2022 147.8
Difference 1.7
Divide difference by .063 = $0.27
Effective February 27, 2022, COLA will be $.99 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 0.72.

COLA/WAGES/RETRO UPDATE

COLA- will be added as of March 13/2022 and Retro for COLA will be paid out on May 27/22. The current COLA rate is $1.33

WAGES- the new wages will be added on May 8/22 and the Retro on wages will be paid May 27/22

Retiree Bonus- Will be paid out May 1/22, any pension adjustments will be made May 1/22 also.

Profit Sharing- There has been many questions on when we will receive the 4th quarter 2021 profit sharing and First quarter for 2022. That should be at the end of April beginning of May.

We were definitely hoping for the changes sooner but this is the company’s position.