U.S. Steel Lake Erie Works
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February 3, 2016
Sault Ste. Marie MPP Urges Federal Government to Adopt Trade
Remedy Modernization to Ensure Fair Trade for Canadian Steel
Orazietti Launches Website www.FairTradeForSteel.ca, Asks Public to Sign Petition
Sault Ste. Marie- David Orazietti, Member of Provincial Parliament, is urging the federal government to immediately adopt the Trade Remedy Modernization plan outlined by the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA). The proposed changes will help to ensure a fair trade environment for Canadian Steel workers.
“We cannot continue to allow Canadian Steel workers’ jobs to be put at risk by a weak and outdated federal trade remedy system,” said David Orazietti MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “I strongly support the CSPA's proposed improvements and I urge the federal government to step up and ensure that Canadian steel producers have a fair playing field that meets the new realities of the global marketplace.”
The Canadian Steel Industry directly employs over 20,000 workers but their jobs are being seriously threatened by the dumping of foreign steel, most notably by China, India, Russia and Turkey. In fact, two out of only three fully integrated steel producers in Canada have filed for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA); Essar Steel Algoma on November 9, 2015 and U.S. Steel Canada (formerly Stelco) a year earlier. These unfortunate developments have occurred while off-shore producers continue to dump steel produced by state-owned and subsidized operations, with far greater carbon emissions and limited labour protections.
The former Federal Conservative Government ignored this issue and their appointees on the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) have failed to recognize the harm done to Canadian producers. In a letter dated December 1, 2015 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sault Ste. Marie, MPP David Orazietti called on the federal government to strengthen the current trade remedy process, which was set up more than 20 years ago. The letter was also sent to Chrystia Freeland, MP, Minister of International Trade, Amarjeet Sohi, MP, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Navdeep Bains, MP, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Bill Morneau, MP, Minister of Finance.
Canadian Steel producers are some of the most efficient in the world and can compete on a fair and level playing field but many foreign steel producers do not have the same rules. The Trade Remedy Modernization plan includes:
A. Providing greater data transparency: improved quality control for inaccurate reporting of manufacturing import data, penalties for inaccurate reporting and the exclusion of freight costs for ‘value for duty’ declarations
B. Strengthening CBSA procedures and methodologies: analyzing foreign subsidies regularly, increasing the frequency of normal value investigations, mandatory on-site verifications of normal values and alternative methodologies to determine dumping
C. Improving CITT operations when it comes to injury findings/duty determination: Ensure a strong dedicated research and legal advisory capacity, standardize practice of consulting parties in advance of finalizing questionnaires for CITT hearings, establishing criteria to streamline the initiation of expiry review and revising timing to launch expiry reviews
D. Allowing for stronger CBSA enforcement of anti-dumping orders: better data analysis, establishing trade remedy circumvention as a priority for AMPS investigations, stiffer penalties and greater publicity of fraudulent imports and consideration of anti-circumvention legislation
“A recent unfair and shortsighted ruling by the CITT deciding Canadian steel plate production is not being injured by dumped and subsidized steel imports makes it clear, more than ever, that the federal government needs to modernize Canada’s trade remedy system,” said Orazietti. “The negative effects of steel dumping are being felt directly by Canadian producers, suppliers and workers as well as their families who are losing their livelihoods. The time for action is now.”
To voice your support, sign the petition for fair trade rules for Canadian steel producers at www.FairTradeForSteel.ca
Contact David Orazietti at (705) 949-6959.
February 2, 2016
Benefit Transition Fund
The prescription drug portion of the transition fund that was set up by the government and administered by Greenshield, was for there to be a one time 30 day maximum supply for a prescription. We have asked that this policy be reviewed with a view to provide for 30 days at a time for each prescription until the fund either runs out or until the end of March when the transition fund is scheduled to end.
We hope to know ASAP whether it will get approval. If you require filling a prescription again prior to the decision maybe the pharmacy will give a few days worth until the decision is made. We have also requested that if people have already filled this months prescription, that there be a avenue for reimbursement.
December 23, 2015
Transition Fund Update
The Court approved the Retiree Benefit Transition Fund motion and signed the order today, so the fund will come into effect January 1. For more information see the documents listed below. The retirees will receive a mail out to inform them as well.
December 18, 2015
Government $3 Million Transition Fund for Retirees
Here are the Letters, Guidelines and Required Documents for the Transition Fund that has been announced for retirees. Please keep in mind that these are subject to the courts approval on December 23, 2015
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
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
Group Home and Car etc. Insurance for
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 January 17, 2016
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.
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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.
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