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U.S. Steel Lake Erie Works

 

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July 25, 2014

Update

The Company and Local 8782 are engaged in discussions regarding the Annual Business Plan and, specifically, how the parties can work together to address various issues of common interest at this time, including pension and operational issues.  The parties have agreed not to disclose the specifics of these discussions while they are ongoing.

 

 

June 26, 2014

Investment Canada Act

One of our members has also been pushing the Industry Minister trying to obtain information of the deal reached with U.S. Steel.  Here is the response from the Industry Minister and even though it is a new Minister the answers are the same and they continue to dodge the question.

Dear Mr. XXXXXX:

 

Thank you for your emails of March 27 and April 9, 2014, regarding our governmentís position on U.S. Steelís actions in Canada.   I appreciate your taking the time to share your concerns.

 

This issue should be considered in the context of the overall benefits for Canada from foreign investments in Canadian companies.  Our governmentís policy has always been clear: we welcome foreign investment for the benefits it brings, such as new ideas, sources of capital, and job creation.  Simply put, foreign investment is in the best interests of Canada and an open global economy.

 

When U.S. Steel acquired Stelco Inc. in 2007, it committed to a series of undertakings to demonstrate a likely net benefit to Canada.  Not satisfied that U.S. Steel was honouring its commitments, in July 2009, our government filed a Federal Court application for an order requiring U.S. Steel to comply with its 2007 undertakings.  After extensive negotiations, in December 2011, my predecessor signed an agreement with U.S. Steel that included significant new and enhanced undertakings with respect to U.S. Steelís commitment to Canada.  U.S. Steel committed to continue to produce steel in Canada; operate at both Lake Erie and Hamilton plants until 2015, generating continued economic activity; and make at least $50 million in capital investments to maintain the Canadian facilities by December 2015, over and above its original undertaking to invest $200 million by October 31, 2012.  Further, U.S. Steel committed to make financial contributions of $3 million toward community and educational programs in Hamilton and Nanticoke.  Given the very strict confidentiality provisions in the Investment Canada Act, I am unable to provide you with any additional information in relation to the settlement.  As provided for in the Act, Industry Canada is monitoring U.S. Steelís compliance with its commitments.

I was disappointed to learn that U.S. Steel will permanently shut down its blast furnace in Hamilton.  However, this development must be viewed in the context of the economic challenges facing the steel industry in Canada and globally.  Weak global demand, growth and increasing competition (which are keeping steel prices low) combined with high prices for inputs are significantly impacting the profitability of even the most efficient steel producers.

That said, it is important to note that U.S. Steel has not ended the production of steel in Canada.  The companyís Nanticoke mill continues to produce crude steel, which is further processed in finishing facilities in Nanticoke and Hamilton.  The Hamilton Works also continues to produce coke, an essential ingredient for steel production, which is supplied to the Nanticoke operations as well as to U.S. Steel facilities in the United States.

Rest assured that the manufacturing sector, including the steel industry, remains a priority for our government.  A strong manufacturing sector generates positive spillovers by creating jobs among suppliers and contributing to innovations across the economy.  We have taken a coordinated, whole‑of‑government approach to establish the conditions necessary to support a globally competitive manufacturing sector and develop our natural resources in a safe and responsible way to create high-quality, value-added jobs.  The steel industry has been an important contributor to this ongoing policy dialogue.

 

Please accept my best wishes.

Sincerely,

The Honourable James Moore, P.C., M.P.

 

 

May 14, 2014

Social Security Tribunal

The SST has been sending out the wrong letters, there are two different letters being received by our members.  Please disregard if you receive a letter like this (click here SST Letter).  You do not have to respond to this letter.

 

May 12, 2014

Social Security Tribunal (SST) of Canada Letters to Claimants

People have started to receive letters from the SST stating that they have received your Notice of Appeal to the General Division.  It states that it was filed after 30 days of receiving the Employment Insurance Commission reconsideration decision.  This is misleading.  The Local had sent an email to the Commission looking for clarification on how to proceed.  The commission took time to respond and said it was out of their hands and we would have to deal with the SST.  We sent an email to the SST looking for clarification on how to proceed.  The Tribunal did not respond in a timely manner so the Local filed to the Appeal Division within 30 days based on how we had been filing the group representative appeal at the Employment Insurance Commission.  After the SST received our filing they contacted us to say it was incomplete and discussion took place on what was required to complete it.  That is when it was determined that the Local had to get all the reconsideration decision letters from the claimants, signed, dated when received, telephone number and social security number.  Of course that was going to take time to contact and collect 585 members who were part of the reconsideration.

We completed the file April 10, 2014.  The letter does not state they are not accepting it but that they are reviewing the Appeal to determine if there is an acceptable reason for the late filing.  Our position is it was filed and the fact the SST did not respond until we filed is not our fault and the information the SST requested at that time could not have been done in the time frame from when they contacted us and the 30 days expired.  After the SST reviews the circumstance we fully expect the Appeal will advance to be heard.

Please retain the letters you receive in case they are required in the future.

If there is a change in your contact information please contact the SST and the Local (vp@uswa8782.com).

To view a copy of the letter being mailed to claimants click here

 

 

February 3, 2014 Update

We received the decision from the Employment Insurance Commission on our Reconsideration Request.  The next step is to appeal to the Social Security Tribunal General Division (The General Division (first level of appeal) includes an Employment Insurance Section for Employment Insurance appeals and an Income Security Section for Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security appeals). 

To view the decision click on the link below.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

September 18, 2013

Group Home and Car etc. Insurance for

For more Information Click Here

 

 

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 June 2, 2014

Go to the Health and Safety page last  Updated May 13, 2014

The Retiree Soar page last updated June 16, 2014

The Ways and Means Committee page last updated May 5, 2014

 

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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