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Oct. 6, 2015

Rally at Court in Toronto Wednesday October 7

Anyone that has signed up to go on the bus tomorrow for Court, the bus is leaving the Union Hall at 7 a.m.


September 30, 2015

Steelworkers Provide Update on U.S. Steel Canada Mediation

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, gary.howe@uswa1005.ca
Bill Ferguson, President, USW Local 8782, 905-537-8782, president@uswa8782.com
Tony DePaulo, Assistant to USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792, 905-869-0760, tdepaulo@usw.ca
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434 2221, bgallagher@usw.ca



September 28, 2015  9:55 p.m.

Update from Steelworkers re U.S. Steel Canada Court Proceedings: Rescheduled

For more info click on the link below.



September 28, 2015

CCAA Court Date Media Release




Steelworkers Seek Court Order to Stop ‘Reprehensible’ U.S. Steel Plan

TORONTO, 18 September 2015 – The United Steelworkers is seeking a court order to stop U.S. Steel’s
reallocation of Canadian production to the United States and is condemning a threat to suspend pension plan contributions and crucial benefits for retirees.

“U.S. Steel has hit a new low with its latest threats to our Canadian operations and its obligations to our workers, pensioners and communities,” said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.

“We contend U.S. Steel’s plans are illegal and we are urging the courts to stop them in their tracks,” Warren said.

U.S. Steel (USS) says it is moving production of high-value steel for the auto industry out of U.S. Steel Canada (USSC) plants in Hamilton and Nanticoke.

The plan violates a court order, as part of USSC’s court-supervised bankruptcy protection, for USS to maintain services and production in a manner

consistent with existing arrangements and past practice, the USW says. The plan threatens jobs, pensioners’ benefits and the future of the Canadian operations, the union says.

“The potential for the success of the restructuring process is significantly

adversely affected by the threatened loss of production, and the resulting

instability, loss of revenue, and the heightened risk of damage to mill equipment,

among other things,” the USW says in a motion filed with Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel, the Ontario Superior Court judge overseeing the bankruptcy protection case.

“Now U.S. Steel Canada is
threatening to stop making pension plan contributions, to stop providing benefits to pensioners, and to even stop paying municipal taxes they owe to our communities,” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton.

“It’s a reprehensible, fear-mongering strategy from a company that has been on a crusade for years to abandon its obligations to workers, pensioners and our communities. Everyone in Hamilton is growing tired of U.S. Steel’s constant threats and ultimatums,” Howe said.

“It is particularly despicable that the company is attacking the most vulnerable in our community by threatening to suspend pensioners’ health, medical, dental and life insurance benefits.”

“There is no justification for U.S. Steel to be diverting our high-value production out of Canada,” said USW Local 8782 President Bill Ferguson.

“It's an artificial, contrived plan to threaten workers and pensioners. It's designed to give the company leverage to force us to bend to their will under duress,” Ferguson said.

“We need our governments to step up and defend Canadian workers and pensioners and help reverse eight years of damage U.S. Steel has inflicted on our communities. We need our governments to support and promote a vibrant Canadian steel industry.”

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 For further information:


Tony DePaulo, Assistant to USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792, 905-869-0760, tdepaulo@usw.ca

Gary Howe, President, USW Local 1005, 905-531-4078, gary.howe@uswa1005.ca

Bill Ferguson, President, USW Local 8782, 905-537-8782, president@uswa8782.com

Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca




September 18, 2015

Fish Fry

The Ways and Means Committee in having a Fish Fry at the Union Hall October 1.  For more info click here



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.


September 18, 2015

We were informed today that the lump sum payment will be made on Monday September 21.


August 10, 2015

Lump Sum Bonus Payment

People eligible for the payment (for eligibility see below) wanting to defer their payment to the District 6 Savings Plan RRSP Deduction need to have the forms submitted by the end of business August 31.  The payment is scheduled to be paid by Oct. 15, 2015.  When completing the forms you will need to fill out all sections that you want deductions taken off of and then going forward it will come off annually unless you submit another form changing the deduction.  If you filled out a form authorizing the payment to be deducted in the past, you still need to fill out the form again.



May 8, 2015

E.I. Appeal Update

The hearing date for the appeal to be heard by the Social Security Tribunal is scheduled for September 9, 10 and 11. The hearing will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton from 9 am - 5 pm.




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

Grievance Kit



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

Group Home and Car etc. Insurance for

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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 September 14, 2015

The Retiree Soar page last updated September 8, 2015


We are trying to establish a database of e-mails for news bulletins etc. for our members and retirees.  If you have an e-mail address and would like to be added to this list please click on one of the links below.

Members:    Please be sure to include your full name or it will not be used.  We need

to know we are only sending to our members.  Send to vp@uswa8782.com.


Retirees mail to:      Send to soar@uswa8782.com

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.


Send mail to vp@uswa8782.com with questions or comments about this web site.
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