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U.S. Steel Lake Erie Works

 

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September 17

CCAA Update

The Senior Level Committee met with the Company today.  The Company reviewed with the SLC what they were going to be sending to the employees and pensioners. It is a Notice of Procedure Order to provide you with notice of the CCAA proceedings.  They have to send this information out as a legal requirement under CCAA.  They also will be sending a letter to people under the Defined Benefit Registered Pension Plans and Union Sponsored Defined Contribution Retirement Arrangements ( The Company has no responsibility for the administration of such union-sponsored GRRSP or the investment of assets held under such GRRSP's), they only have the obligations to make the payments as defined in the Basic Agreement to the GRRSP's.   You should receive the mailings by September 26. There is one paragraph in the Pension mailing that says The Company encourages you to obtain legal and/or financial advice so that you can better understand any potential impact of the CCAA proceedings and upcoming Court hearing on your legal rights.  Anyone that is a member of the Local Union (Local 8782 main plant and pickling plants) is not required to do that.  If an individual chooses to do so that is their right but there is no need as the Local has retained legal and financial advisors to represent all members of the Local including retirees.

In the meantime as the Restructuring is taking place, the operations will continue as normal.  People will continue getting all their pay required by the Basic Agreement, Benefits as provided by the Group Insurance Plan and Defined Benefit Pension Plan contributions and Defined Contribution Group RRSP contributions as required by the pension regulation and the Basic Agreement.  Retirees will continue receiving their pension payments and benefits.  These things cannot be changed unilaterally by the Company.  The Company may try and review some of these issues.  People working in the plant will see no change in their day to day duties and plant operations. 

The Local is planning to have a membership meeting for people interested in coming to hear about the CCAA process.  We are trying to get a date that is mutually agreeable to the Local and it's advisors.  We would like to have our legal advisors present to answer any questions the membership may have.  As soon as we determine a date for the meeting we will post it on our Meetings and Public Events page.

For people wanting to view copies of the Initial Order and other Court Documents which relate to the CCAA proceeding you can access them on the Court appointed Monitors website http://www.ey.com/ca/ussc. Ernst & Young has been appointed by the court as Monitor in USSC's CCAA proceedings ("Monitor") pursuant to the Order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the "Court") made on September 16, 2014 (the "Initial Order").

The Local and it's advisors will be attending a hearing in Toronto on October 6, 2014.

The Local will post information on the website as it becomes available.

The Local will be working diligently to protect it's members and retirees through this process.  In the meantime continue going about your day to day as normal.  The Local will schedule meetings if anything comes up that the members should be concerned about.

 

September 16, 2014

Company Creditors Arrangement Act

After business today the Canadian USW Locals were notified that the Company was filing for CCAA (Company Creditors Arrangement Act) at 5:30 tonight.  The SLC has a meeting with the Company at 10 am tomorrow. 

The Local will be calling an information meeting at the earliest opportunity to explain the CCAA process.  In the meantime operations will continue as normal, there is no cause for an immediate concern.  We will post on the website as more information becomes available.

If you are interested reading more about the process you can find information at this link.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companies%27_Creditors_Arrangement_Act

 

August 29, 2014

Update

Local 8782 has been prepared to meet with the Company 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, however at this time Local 8782 has had no further discussion with the Company since it's initial preliminary meeting in July.

 

July 25, 2014

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.

 

 

 

August 18, 2014

Lump Sum Payment of $500 to employees that are active on September 1, 2014

The cut off date for having the forms in to Equity Associates of the District 6 Savings plan is September 10, 2014

Anyone wishing to defer this payment to their District 6 savings Plan can download and print a copy of the form from the District 6 Savings Plan page.  When filling out the form just put 100% in the second column and put a pen stroke through the next two columns as they are not applicable this year.  Fill in your perm number, print your name, date and sign the bottom.  Fax it into the number on the form.  I always suggest that you call to confirm they received it.

 

 

August 8, 2014

ATTENTION:  WOMEN OF STEEL, LOCAL 8782

We are looking for used / unwanted costume jewellery to be reconditioned and donated for charity in November.

Anyone interested in donating any costume jewellery please drop it off at the Union Hall, attention:  Donna Wingrove.

Any question contact Donna at 519-587-2000 ext. 223.

 

September 12, 2014
 
Social Security Tribunal E.I. Appeal Update
 
Everyone who is part of the appeal should have received a letter from the Social Security Tribunal.  It could have been either one of the examples listed below.  If you have not received any letter at all from them, please contact Mark Talbot at 519-587-2000 ext. 301.  If I am not available to take the call please leave a detailed message.  We are being told that all the letters have been processed and the docket has been assigned to a member of the Tribunal to be reviewed.
 
Thanks
Mark

 

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 September 18, 2014

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

The Retiree Soar page last updated September 10, 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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