News, Developments and Information

INTER-PLANT TRANSFER OPPORTUNITY NOTICE

Please be advised that EVRAZ Calgary has following positions available:


 Material Handlers (6)
 Millwright (1)


All expenses will be the responsibility of the interested employee.


Given the current layoff status, and in accordance with Article 12.15 (Interplant Trans-fers), “opportunity will be afforded to laid-off members from Regina prior to the hiring of new employees”.

Please contact Breanne Ehman at breanne.ehman@evrazna.com or (306) 924-7428 by January 23, 2023 by 5:00 pm Mountain Time if you would like to be considered for one of these positions.

Payout for missed lunches

As a result of the company resolving a grievance before scheduled arbitration individuals in the rolling mill who were paid the incorrect rate for missed lunches ( 1/2 hours as opposed to 1 hour ) will see the difference deposited on January 20th. The time period covered by the settlement is from March 11th ’22 – January 16th ’23

Open Positions

The union is currently looking for individuals to fill the following positions:

trustee

pension trustee

harassment officer

If you are interested or know anyone that is please contact the union office or a member of your exec

Profit Sharing Payment Adjustment

In the new collective agreement, a change to include Camrose Operations financial results in the formula for Profit Share was agreed to and became effective with ratification of the agreement.


Considering this change, a retroactive recalculation was completed for the first three quarters of this year. This resulted in additional monies owing to eligible employees.
The table below shows the $ per eligible hour impact by quarter; payment will be in your bank account on or before December 16, 2022.

USW Profit Share Adjustment Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022

Actual Payment $/hr $1.89 $4.04 $4.62

Payment with Camrose $/hr $2.33 $4.06 $5.18

Variance $/hr $0.43 $0.02 $0.56

Going forward, Camrose financial results are now included in the calculations

CFLPA and USW Kids Camp

Members,

The CFLPA and USW are holding some spots for Steelworker kids in the Kids Camp on Saturday, November 19. The are for kids age 8-12 and it’s a great event led by active players, and is a great way to have USW families participate in Grey Cup events that are also sponsored by USW.    

The camp will take place at Real Affinityplex (1700 Elphinstone street) on November 19 from 8am- 10am. 

To register, please fill out the attached waiver and return it to Rachel Rollo at r.rollo@cflpa.com

Update your USW membership contact information

USW District 3 is always looking to better reach and engage our members to keep you up-to-date on union events and important announcements that may impact you and your workplace.

To do so, USW District 3 is working with Stratcom to update our members’ contact information. We understand that having this updated information, including email and cell phone numbers, provides the fastest and most effective way to communicate and mobilize. As you know, clear and timely communication is paramount during important union events like bargaining cycles or upcoming elections.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out emails, text messages and live calling to members to update this information. Additionally, we will be conducting a members’ survey to better understand your needs and priorities when it comes to union activities. If your address recently changed, please take a moment to update your contact information by completing the linked form below. It will only take a few minutes

Click the link here to enter your personal contact information.

Please be assured that this information is stored confidentially and will be only be used by USW to contact and communicate with you.

Alternatively, you can text USW to 90993 to register your contact information. Please forward this email to other members who may not have gotten it.

In Solidarity, Scott Lunny
USW District 3 Director

Anti- Harrassment

If you are interested in doing harrassment investigations jointly with the company when a complaint is made please contact the Union at r.mckenzie@usw5890.com

Training would be provided. At this time the Union is looking for someone from Pipe but will seriously consider a Steel employee.

Temporary Executive Change

Members,

Effective immediately, Ryan Mckenzie will be temporarily assuming the role of President until approximately Jan 31,2023. I will be assisting the Canadian National Office during this period of time. While I am away from my duties as president the National Office is reimbursing the local for my time.

Mike Day

Tubular Business Update

Members,

This morning your executive met with the company regarding production levels. While manpower levels are expected to remain the same through roughly Q2 of 2023 in the 2 inch, the 24 inch forecast is not as good. The company expects to crew down in the 24 inch in the middle of November to 1 welding crew and 2 finishing crews. It’s expected the there will be layoff notices for 40 to 50 members. That crewing level is what they are forecasting till Feb 2023.

There remains no work scheduled for Spiral.

Transfers to Steel

Members,

For those of you who are currently a Temporary Transfer to the Steel Division, I would like to be clear, there is no agreement for full time transfers at this time. Regardless if a company representative has called you!

The Union has multiple questions that the company is unwilling to answer at this time. Until the company is willing to answer our questions in writing, we have no agreement. This comes down to trust and the lack of transparency from the company leaves us with more and more questions and issues.

In Solidarity!

C.O.L.A

The CPI figure for July was released on August 16, 2022. Per the Collective Agreement, the following calculation will apply:


April 2022 152.4
July 2022 156.4
Difference 4.0
Divide difference by .063 = $0.63


Effective August 28, 2022, COLA will be $2.35 per straight-time hour worked, as it was previously $ 1.72

INTER-PLANT TRANSFER OPPORTUNITY NOTICE
Positions Available at EVRAZ Calgary

Please be advised that EVRAZ Calgary has following positions available:

Welder (1)

All expenses will be the responsibility of the interested employee.
Given the current layoff status, and in accordance with Article 12.15 (Interplant Trans-fers), “opportunity will be afforded to laid-off members from Regina prior to the hiring of new employees”. Please contact Breanne Ehman at breanne.ehman@evrazna.com or (306) 924-7428 by August 17, 2022 if you would like to be considered for one of these positions

INTER-PLANT TRANSFER OPPORTUNITY NOTICE
Positions Available at EVRAZ Calgary

Please be advised that EVRAZ Calgary has following positions available:


Material Handler (20)


All expenses will be the responsibility of the interested employee.
Given the current layoff status, and in accordance with Article 12.15 (Interplant Trans-fers), “opportunity will be afforded to laid-off members from Regina prior to the hiring of new employees”. Please contact Breanne Ehman at breanne.ehman@evrazna.com or (306) 924-7428 by August 9, 2022 if you would like to be considered for one of these positions

Maynard Whitehawk

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Brother Maynard Whitehawk. Known as ” The Hawk”, brother Whitehawk has been a member of 5890 since 2012 and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to the Whitehawk family, R.I.P brother.

Jason Knight

It is with great shock and sadness that we have learned of the passing of Brother Jason Knight. Brother Knight has been a member of 5890 since 1998. You will be missed Brother. Our condolences to the Knight family, R.I.P brother.

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.