U.S. Steel Lake Erie Works
November 12, 2015
We have received the decision from the Social Security Tribunal and unfortunately the appeal was dismissed. We are still currently reviewing the rationale of the decision and will make a determination on the next step of the appeal. Will keep you posted.
November 4, 2015
Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from the USW. To view click here
Letter to Premier Wynne from the USW. To view click here
October 27, 2015
Pharmacist, Optometrist and Dentist who are willing to assist our retirees who have had their benefits suspended. To view click here
October 20, 2015
Trillium Drug Plan
For people under 65 filling out and sending in the Trillium forms on their own. Here are some key points to know:
To expedite the application, mark on the top of the form U.S. Steel.
The start date on the forms should be October 10, 2015. Any prescription drug bills acquired from Oct. 10 until your filing has been approved, can be submitted manually and retroactive to Oct. 10.
Sign the consent line for them to be able to access the CRA. Then you won't have to provide the previous years CRA assessment.
If your income in 2015 has been reduced by 10% or more over 2014 you can fill out a Re-assessment Request form to have the annual deductible reduced. The deductible is based on around 4% of the household income and broken down to quarterly amounts.
Oct. 15, 2015
There is information posted below for Trillium for people who no longer have coverage for prescriptions.
Trillium forms can also be obtained at any pharmacy and all pharmacies should provide assistance in applying for the Trillium Drug Program.
We will be having a meeting next week to investigate the options with Greenshield Canada regarding coverage. We will provide more information after we have the meeting.
We have set up some further meetings with pharmacies over the next week for other possible options and will forward that information as it becomes available.
Notify your doctor and your pharmacist than you are not on the Trillium Drug Plan and not the Greenshield Benefit Plan.
Retirees 65 and over
Notify your Doctor and Pharmacist that your Greenshield Benefit Plan has been suspended and that all your prescriptions will be going under the Ontario Drug Plan.
You will now have to pay $6.11 per prescription unless the pharmacy deducts the $2.00 co-pay portion.
October 14, 2015
The Judges Written Reasons were released today.
October 13, 2015
An update to the information posted below on benefits. The Benefits were cut off as of 11:59 pm Friday October 9, 2015. Any bills that have to be submitted manually need to be submitted by October 31, 2015 according to Greenshield. We don't believe that time frame is reasonable but have not been able to contact the Company.
We encourage retirees to apply for Trillium unless you have other coverage, i.e., Government coverage for prescriptions at age 65 when collecting CPP, spousal coverage etc. It takes time to apply for Trillium Drug coverage and be accepted. If you find you don't need to use it after all there would be no cost. Click on the links below for more information. We are sourcing other options and if we find any reasonable alternatives we will communicate them.
October 9, 2015
Court ruling on the Business Conservation Plan
The judge granted the order on what they call the Business Conservation Plan today. That includes the suspension of post retirement benefits. To view a copy of the ruling click here. The judges written reasoning will follow at a later date. In court he suggested written reasons would follow on Tuesday.
Pension payments will continue to be made on both the base and supplementary pension for retirees.
Life insurance payments will continue to be paid.
Here is some information for people to review. The Union will be looking at setting up meetings and have an advisor there to help people who require assistance to fill out the information and how to maximize their program if they decide to enroll.
If your spouse has a benefit program that could be another option as well.
Trillium Drug Program
Trillium Information and Forms
20,000 Pensioners Lose Critical Health and Drug Benefits Due to Harper’s U.S. Steel Sellout
TORONTO, 9 October 2015 – The federal Conservative government must accept its responsibility for 20,000 pensioners who are immediately losing critical health benefits and prescription drug coverage, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.
“There will be 20,000 pensioners waking up tomorrow without health benefits and prescription drug coverage, because of the Harper government’s secret deals with U.S. Steel. It’s a disgrace,” said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.
“We’re calling on Stephen Harper to directly address this crisis and to take meaningful action – before October 19th,” Warren said.
The United Steelworkers (USW) will continue to fight to protect U.S. Steel Canada workers and pensioners, following a court ruling today allowing the company to stop paying health and other benefits.
Pensioners are expected to lose their benefits at midnight tonight.
“U.S. Steel and the federal government must be condemned in the strongest possible terms for callously abandoning their commitments and responsibilities, particularly to some of the most vulnerable residents of our communities,” Warren said.
“We will continue to pursue every avenue at our disposal to defend the jobs, pensions and benefits of our members and pensioners,” he said following the Ontario Superior Court ruling in U.S. Steel Canada’s bankruptcy protection proceedings.
The decision by Superior Court Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel approved a plan for U.S. Steel Canada to be severed from parent company U.S. Steel.
The court-sanctioned plan also allows U.S. Steel Canada to stop paying for health and prescription drug benefits for more than 20,000 pensioners, as well as to stop paying municipal taxes to the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County.
“U.S. Steel caused this crisis because it set up its Canadian operations to fail,” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton.
“Now U.S. Steel is walking away from this devastation, while U.S. Steel Canada’s restructuring plan targets thousands of vulnerable and sick pensioners by taking away the medical benefits and prescription medications they desperately need,” Howe said.
“Our federal government allowed U.S. Steel to take over some of the most modern and efficient steelmaking facilities in North America, based on legal commitments to workers, pensioners and communities,” said USW Local 8782 President Bill Ferguson, representing workers at U.S. Steel Canada’s Nanticoke operations.
“The Conservative government allowed U.S. Steel to starve our operations, export our work to the U.S. and break all of its obligations to maintain jobs and production in Canada. It’s time for this government to step up – before this election – and help us save and rebuild this industry,” Ferguson said.
“The United Steelworkers is committed to building a prosperous Canadian steelmaking company again,” said Warren.
"We are committed to reversing the damage caused by U.S. Steel and the Conservative government. We need our government to finally stand up for Canadian workers, pensioners and communities,” he said.
Warren noted that the USW has had discussions with Ontario government officials and the province will provide $3 million for a hardship fund to help U.S. Steel pensioners pay for health care and prescription drug costs. The fund is expected to cover costs for six months, he said.
“We are exploring other possibilities and arrangements to help address these issues and we will continue to communicate with our members and pensioners accordingly,” he said.
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Oct. 8, 2015
Post Retirement Health Benefits
The Company has submitted to the Court requesting to suspend the payment of Prescription drugs, dental and other health benefits for retirees on October 9 upon the courts ruling. The judge indicated he was going to rule on the matter tomorrow. The Union has been strongly advocating on the retirees behalf that there are other cost savings measures that should be considered prior to taking this drastic measure. All the presentations have been made in court by our legal and financial advisors. However, in the event of a negative ruling, retirees may want to go and fill whatever prescriptions etc that they can or may need before they are cancelled.
We have been investigating other options and will pursue matters further based on the judges ruling. However those costs would be transferred to the retiree.
We will keep you updated as things take place and will continue to fight to protect the pensions, post retirement benefits and jobs. These plants are good assets and with good management and leadership, can be successful operations once again.
September 30, 2015
TORONTO – United Steelworkers (USW) Locals 8782 and 1005 advise members and retirees on the progress of U.S. Steel Canada’s CCAA process.
USW has just completed five days of mediation in Toronto and the mediation is ongoing. The mediation is confidential and the parties cannot provide any details of discussions that have and are continuing to take place.
While few details are available, USW can say that discussions are continuing and have not broken off.
“To our thousands of members and retirees: we will continue to defend your jobs, your pensions and your benefits, that you have fought for and that you deserve,” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton.
“Throughout this process, our priorities have not changed. We will do all in our power to protect our members’ pensions, their crucial health benefits and of course Steelworker jobs,” said Bill Ferguson, President of USW Local 8782 in Nanticoke.
“We want to move forward and keep making steel in Hamilton and Nanticoke,” said Rob Newstead, Unit Chair of USW Local 8782 Pickling Division.
A number of motions were to be heard by the Ontario Superior Court this week. Those motions have now been rescheduled for October 7 and 8.
“As there are no longer any scheduled public proceedings this week, we instead call on our members, retirees and supporters to join us to witness public proceedings before the court on October 7 and 8,” said Ferguson.
Motions to be heard by the court on October 7 and 8 include the U.S. Steel Canada motion to stop making certain pension plan contributions and to stop paying for crucial benefits for retirees known as OPEBs (other post-employment benefits). The USW has condemned this motion and is opposing U.S. Steel Canada’s efforts to avoid its responsibilities to its employees and retirees.
Retirees received a letter from U.S. Steel Canada dated September 18 that caused confusion and alarm. USW Local 1005 and USW Local 8782 are working to address the concerns of that letter. Our members and retirees can expect to receive another letter from U.S. Steel Canada in the near future, regarding the debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and OPEBs.
USW hopes to have more information for members and retirees very soon.
“We will continue to stand together and fight hard for our members and retirees throughout this process. We’re Steelworkers,” said Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director. “We know that Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works can succeed as stable, long-term, profitable businesses with good jobs and retirements for our members.”
For further information:
Gary Howe, President, USW Local 1005, 905-531-4078, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 3, 2015
For people wanting to view copies of Court Documents including the Monitors report which relate to the CCAA proceeding you can access them on the Court appointed Monitors website http://www.ey.com/ca/ussc.
Grievance Form Package
Here is a package to assist the steward body on the grievance procedure and process. To view the guideline click on the link below
Family Services Employee Assistance Program
The intent of the program is to assist troubled employees in arranging for appropriate private outside resources. If you have questions on the extent of assistance or require help please don't hesitate to call 1-800-668-9920 or for more information go to the website at http://www.myfseap.com/english/myeap/home.asp and login, user name is ussc and password is steel.
September 18, 2013
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Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act. To view Click Here
This will explain your rights under the act as it relates to Hours of Work, Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Family Medical Leave or Personal Emergency Leave etc.
Go to the Meetings and Public Events page for upcoming meetings Updated November 2, 2015
The Retiree Soar page last updated October 20, 2015
The Ways and Means Committee page last updated November 3, 2015
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Local 8782 was first chartered in 1978. We negotiate collective agreements for our members at U.S. Steel (former Stelco) Lake Erie Works, Pickling Division, Harsco Services, and ESM. Since our members are directly employed in the Steel Industry, it is our responsibility to be involved in the fight to save the steel industry in Canada. For this reason we are launching this web site to communicate the latest developments that affect you.
We hope to use this site as another avenue to communicate to our membership on past, present and future initiatives. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see, please use our feedback page and we will review all suggestions.
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