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November 2, 2016

CCAA Restructuring

There has been a news release between Bedrock Industries and USS reaching an agreement for the potential purchase of USSC.  These are talks exclusive to USS and Bedrock Industries.  This is one step in the CCAA process leading to a restructuring plan of arrangement that would require agreement with all stakeholders.  The USW members are major stakeholders and and the Senior Committees are currently bargaining with the all parties.  These are multilateral talks and it is not unusual for two parties to reach an agreement.  For a successful Plan of Arrangement to exit CCAA there needs to be a restructuring plan inclusive of all parties.  In this process all items relating to the Basic Agreement and Restructuring Plan will come to the membership for ratification.  We currently have no time frame when a complete plan of arrangement will be completed.

 

 

 

 

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NEWS

Ministry of Finance

 

 

Government of Ontario & Bedrock Industries Group Sign

MOU to Facilitate Restructuring of U. S. Steel Canada Inc.

 

Advances Process to Save Jobs, Industry and Pensions in Hamilton and at Lake Erie

 

NEWS

September 21, 2016

 

The government of Ontario and Bedrock Industries Group (Bedrock) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate the restructuring of U. S. Steel Canada Inc. (USSC), which remains in court-supervised creditor protection proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The MOU is an important step toward the completion of a restructuring intended to protect jobs, the ongoing operations at USSC’s Hamilton and Lake Erie facilities, pensions and post-employment benefits for active and retired USSC employees. In reaching this MOU, the Province has worked closely with the court-appointed monitor and kept other stakeholders informed throughout the process.

 

The terms of the MOU remain confidential until they can be released pursuant to a court process. For its part, Ontario has agreed to a framework to support an acquisition proposal from Bedrock intended to protect pensions and assist in providing post-employment benefits. The province has also agreed to support the development of industrial lands on behalf of pensioners in an effort to promote the economic development of the Hamilton region while ensuring that the environment continues to be protected. In taking these actions, the province seeks to facilitate economic progress while minimizing financial risk for the public treasury.

 

Bedrock’s principals have a long track record of owning and successfully operating businesses in the metals, mining and manufacturing and distribution sectors worldwide including in Canada. Bedrock has been committed to working with all stakeholders, including organized labour, salaried workers, government and the affected communities, in order to provide well-paying long-term jobs and benefits as well as pursuing continuous improvement and ongoing financial strength. The MOU and the contemplated restructuring remain subject to many conditions, including acceptance by USSC, ratified collective bargaining agreements with United Steelworkers Union Locals, agreements with certain stakeholders, government approvals and the approval of the Court supervising USSC’s CCAA proceeding.

QUOTES

“We have been working with the company and other affected parties through the CCAA process to support the best possible outcome for employees, pension members and other stakeholders under these challenging circumstances. This MOU helps us to move forward on the Province’s priorities such as preserving jobs, protecting pensions and the environment while developing the industrial lands. We are hopeful that this will clear the way for a restructuring process that results in a viable, healthy company that supports continued operations in Ontario and in local economies.”

— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance 

 

“The MOU is an important milestone in our efforts to restructure the former Stelco operations of USSC. We look forward to continuing to pursue the completion of these efforts with all relevant stakeholders.”

 

— David Cheney, Bedrock Industries  

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY:                    

Kelsey Ingram, Minister’s Office, 416-326-1409

Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance, 416-325-0324

 

 

ontario.ca/finance

Disponible en français

 

Steelworkers Encouraged by Framework Agreement on U.S. Steel Canada Purchase

 

HAMILTON, 21 September 2016 – The United Steelworkers (USW) welcomes today’s announcement of a framework agreement between the Ontario government and Bedrock Industries, LP for the purchase and continued operation of U.S. Steel Canada facilities in Hamilton and Nanticoke.

“We are encouraged by many aspects of the agreement announced today between the Ontario government and Bedrock Industries,” said Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director.

“We have been briefed on the agreement and we acknowledge that the province and Bedrock have made an effort to address many of our concerns about protecting the interests of our members and retirees,” Warren said.

“It has been a stressful and painful two years for our members and pensioners,” Warren added, referring to the fact U.S. Steel Canada has been operating under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) protection since September 2014.

 The agreement announced today contemplates that Bedrock, an industrial company building its production platform in metals, will purchase and continue operating U.S. Steel Canada’s plants in Hamilton and Nanticoke.

 “We have been in discussions for quite some time with the province and various potential buyers about a restructuring of U.S. Steel Canada that would be good for our members and our retirees,” Warren said.

 “The deal announced today is far from perfect, given the challenges that arise from such a lengthy and complex insolvency process,” he said. “However, after two years in CCAA protection and after numerous discussions with other bidders, we believe this could lead to a good final deal for the Union’s members and retirees ”

 Among the challenges to be resolved, Bedrock must complete negotiations for new collective agreements with Steelworkers Local 1005 in Hamilton and USW Local 8782 in Nanticoke, noted Tony DePaulo, Assistant to the USW Ontario Director.

 Subject to completing negotiations for new collective agreements and resolving other details related to the transaction, we believe this agreement offers a positive step forward,” DePaulo said. Details of the framework agreement have been shared with leaders of both USW locals, DePaulo said.

“Subject to finalizing this complex deal to the union’s satisfaction, this transaction appears to be the best available way to secure jobs for our members and offer as much protection to our retirees as possible,” he said.

The USW recognizes the Ontario government’s efforts to find a resolution to the U.S. Steel Canada insolvency, Warren said.

However, the union is calling out the federal Liberal government for failing to take any meaningful action to address the steel crisis in Canada or to provide any support to workers and pensioners affected by the crisis.

“The federal government has not been engaged and has not offered any material support – neither in this case nor to help other communities across the country hurting from the steel crisis,” Warren said.

“Essar Steel Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie is operating under CCAA protection and other steelmakers have cut jobs and production, but our federal government is missing in action,” he said.

 

“Thousands of pensioners and working families are desperate for real support from the federal government. So far, they’re being ignored.”

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For further information:

Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792,

Tony DePaulo, Assistant to the 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

Liberals Abandon U.S. Steel Pensioners, Workers

HAMILTON, 22 August 2016 – The federal Liberal government’s “deafening silence” is sending a resounding message to 20,000 U.S. Steel Canada retirees suffering from the elimination of their crucial health benefits, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.

“Steel industry workers and pensioners were hoping for change when the Trudeau Liberals replaced the Harper Conservatives,” said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.

“As workers and pensioners suffer blow after blow, the deafening silence from the Liberals shows there is no real change. The Liberals continue where the Conservatives left off, leaving pensioners and workers on their own. It’s business as usual,” Warren said.

“Like the Conservatives before them, the Trudeau Liberals have failed U.S. Steel workers and pensioners. They’ve failed to support jobs, pensions and benefits, failed to expose the secret deals and failed to reform Canada’s antiquated and damaging corporate bankruptcy laws,” he said.

More than 20,000 U.S. Steel Canada pensioners suffered another brutal blow with Friday’s Superior Court ruling that denied a motion to reinstate the pensioners’ drug, dental, vision and other health benefits. The pensioners’ benefits were suspended last fall, when the same court, overseeing U.S. Steel Canada’s bankruptcy protection case, granted a request by the company.

In addition to rejecting the reinstatement of pensioners’ health benefits, the judge in the case agreed to the company’s request to pay a special bonus to managers – the second such bonus awarded to management during the restructuring process.

“Our members, our pensioners and people throughout our community are outraged to see benefits that categorically belong to retirees simply taken away with the stroke of a pen, while managers receive bonuses,” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005, representing U.S. Steel Canada employees in Hamilton.

 

"Just about everybody sees this for what it is – the theft of pensioners’ benefits. Everybody except our courts and our government, who don’t seem to care,” Howe said.

 

“Giving more bonuses to management at a time when our pensioners are still going without benefits, it’s ridiculous that this is still happening,” said Bill Ferguson, President of USW Local 8782, representing U.S. Steel Canada employees in Nanticoke.

 

“Our pensioners shouldn’t be forced to live off emergency government funds while managers give each other raises and bonuses,” Ferguson said.

 

In its motion to the court seeking reinstatement of pensioners’ benefits, the USW noted U.S. Steel Canada, while operating under the Companies' Creditor Arrangement Act (CCAA), has a positive cash flow of $150 million.

 

Furthermore, documents that were inadvertently made public have revealed that U.S. Steel Canada has paid its American parent, U.S. Steel, $123 million above market prices for steelmaking supplies such as coal and iron ore.

 

Restoring the pensioners’ benefits, meanwhile, would cost $3.5 million per month.

 

“This sums up the disgrace of the CCAA process and the federal government’s silence in this scandal,” said Tony DePaulo, Assistant to the USW Ontario Director, who submitted affidavits to the court revealing the suffering of pensioners who have lost their benefits.

 

“It’s a process that allows a corporation to take away retirees’ benefits while it sits on $150 million in cash and overpays its parent company another $123 million for supplies,” DePaulo said.

 

“Not only is the Trudeau government’s silence deafening, it’s hurting thousands of workers and pensioners.”

 

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For further information:

Tony DePaulo, Assistant to the USW Ontario Director, 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

 

July 18, 2016

CCAA Restructuring

As you are all aware, the restructuring is ongoing.  The Senior Level Committee is and has been attending meetings with bidders and other stakeholders in an effort to reach a successful restructuring agreement.

When there is something concrete to report back to the members we will arrange meetings accordingly.  The process in ongoing and fluid.  Don't listen to rumours and don't assume the press is always factual when reporting.  There is a sensitivity to the restructuring process and what we can report is, we are working hard on your behalf in an effort to reach a successful outcome for the business, the employees and retirees.

 

 

 

 

Is Ontario Steel Too Big to Fail?

http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/is-ontario-steel-too-big-to-fail

 

 

 

                                                        

USW 1005 & 8782 Union Update                       March 24, 2016

 

USW Local 1005 and 8782 recently meet with the following Members of Parliament Bob Bratina (Hamilton Stoney Creek East), Filomena Tassi (Hamilton West-Ancaster) Karina Gould (Burlington) to discuss the current issues affecting us at Hamilton and L.E.W.

We had a very productive first meeting with a goal to establish on going communications.

These Members of Parliament told us that they would be restart the Steel Caucus within the Federal Government, and would see our involvement in that process.

We look forward to working with the Steel Caucus and the Federal Government to promote our Canadian Steelmaking capability. Our Priority remain Jobs, Pensions and OPEBs (Benefits).

Don’t Listen to Rumours! 

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

 

 

 

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. 

 

Constituency Office:  432 Great Northern Road #202, Sault Ste. Marie, ON  P6B 4Z9  Tel:  705-949-6959

Fax:  705-946-6269

Queen’s Park:  6th Floor, Mowat Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto  ON  M7A 1L2 

Tel:  416-327-8300 Fax:  416-326-1947

Email: dorazietti.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

 

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

 

 

Court Ruling Validates Overhaul of Discredited Investment Canada Act

 

TORONTO, 20 May 2015 – The need to overhaul the discredited Investment Canada Act has been reconfirmed by a court ruling that keeps Canadian families and communities in the dark about a secret deal between the federal government and U.S. Steel. 

“This decision further underscores how this legislation has been abused by successive Liberal and Conservative governments to benefit foreign multinationals at the expense of Canadian families and communities,” said Ken Neumann, National Director of the United Steelworkers (USW).

“The judge in this case confirmed that it is reasonable and potentially beneficial for Canadian workers and pensioners to have access to details of the secret deal between the government and U.S. Steel,” Neumann noted.

“However, the judge’s hands are tied because the act allows the government and foreign investors to keep the public in the dark about these secret deals. It’s time to overhaul this legislation to defend the rights and interests of Canadian workers and communities.”

 

Canada’s Conservative government struck a secret deal with U.S. Steel in 2011. The government then dropped its legal challenge of U.S. Steel's broken commitments – made under the Investment Canada Act – on production and employment levels at its operations in Hamilton and Nanticoke.

 

As part of the U.S. Steel bankruptcy protection case now underway, the USW petitioned the Ontario Superior Court to unseal the 2011 secret deal.

 

The USW argued it is crucial that details of the secret deal be provided to key stakeholders in the bankruptcy protection case, particularly the thousands of pensioners and workers whose pensions and jobs are in limbo. The City of Hamilton made the same request.

 

The union and the city told the court they "require disclosure of the settlement agreement at this time to be able to participate meaningfully and effectively in the (bankruptcy protection) negotiations and discussions that are currently underway."

In his ruling released yesterday, Superior Court Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel stated the union’s request “is reasonable and understandable.”

However, the judge said he cannot override Investment Canada Act provisions, particularly since the federal government and U.S. Steel insist on keeping the deal secret.

“The court has no authority to override these provisions regardless of its views as to the potential benefits of disclosure in the present circumstances,” the judge said. 

“This is another condemnation of Conservative and Liberal governments that have used the Investment Canada Act to benefit foreign corporations while treating Canadian pensioners, workers and their families with contempt,” said Marty Warren, the USW’s Ontario Director. 

“This legislation is supposed to guarantee a ‘net benefit’ to Canada when foreign corporations take over our natural resources and industries. In reality, there is a net disregard for Canadian jobs, workers and communities, while foreign corporations get the benefits,” Warren said.

 

"It’s clear – to everyone except the federal government and U.S. Steel – that our members, our pensioners and our community deserve to know the details of this secret deal,” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005, representing employees at U.S. Steel's Hamilton operations.

 

"We don't trust U.S. Steel or this government to do what's best for us and for our community and that distrust has been reinforced once again.”

 

“It’s outrageous that the federal government is content to preserve legislation that so blatantly favours foreign multinationals while treating Canadian workers and communities with contempt,” said Bill Ferguson, President of USW Local 8782, representing employees at U.S. Steel's Nanticoke operations.

 

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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
Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5951

Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792

Ken Rosenberg, Counsel to USW, 416-646-4304, ken.rosenberg@paliareroland.com
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221,
bgallagher@usw.ca

 

 

February 6, 2015

Profit Sharing Plan Update

The payment will be $2,253.28 for people who have 500 hours.  Hours counted represent;  Hours worked, vacation, stat holidays (SNR), people off on WSIB, Union hours, jury duty and bereavement.

Hours accumulated while on probation do not count.  Only hours accumulated during the quarter after the probation hours have been reached.

Retirees defined as people who retired under the provisions of the Pension Plan Agreement will receive $721.39.

The PSP will be paid out on February 13, 2015.

To view the release from the Plant Manager click here

 

 

October 9

CCAA Update

Below is Local 8782's submission that was presented in the Court proceedings on October 8, 2014.  After several days of negotiations the Locals were able to get significant changes in the DIP Facililty Term Sheet.  The process is just beginning and we will keep you posted as the sale and claims process advances.

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.

The USW will not consent to the U.S. Steel DIP Facility but we won’t continue to oppose it.

U.S. Steel is using its DIP to threaten the USW members benefits, pensions, and  livelihoods, and to avoid its obligations to the Province of Ontario and the people of Canada.

U.S. Steel has pushed this company into insolvency.  The USW has endured unnecessary shutdowns, 3 lockouts, and has had to watch U.S. Steel transfer production and jobs to its plants in the United States.

Throughout this, the USW has made every effort to ensure that Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works keep the mills running, the people working, and to make sure the pensioners have the security that they worked so hard for all their lives.

USW is here today to continue to protect its members and keep those mills running, despite all the obstacles that U.S. Steel’s approach and its DIP presents.  USW is the biggest creditor in this proceeding.   There is no solution without the USW. 

The USW is determined to make sure that the resources, people and facilities of Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works are used in the restructuring to protect the interests of the people of Ontario, the workers and the pensioners. The USW will work to restructure but not on the backs of its workers and pensioners.

In the USW’s view, the best way to ensure a restructuring  is through stability.  The USW wants to find the highest and best use of Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works.  In order to do this, the USW will require complete and accurate information from U.S. Steel on an ongoing basis. 

The USW knows there is a need for steel in Canada.  Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works make some of the best quality steel in the world.  It is an important resource and one that can help build the infrastructure that Ontario and Canada continue to need.

The USW is aligned with the Ontario government in this proceeding.   Both the USW and the Ontario government have an interest in ensuring that U.S. Steel keeps the promises it made when it took over Stelco, and that the USW members and the government are not left paying for its actions since then.

With the approval of U.S. Steel’s DIP, the restructuring process can get underway.  If experience is any guide, this Court will have a significant role to play in ensuring that this is a fair and just process, and that the creditors, and in particular the USW and the government of Ontario are able to fulfill their roles as critical stakeholders to work with all parties and the Court to find the best solutions for our USW members and retirees, their jobs, benefits and pensions.

 

 

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

October 10, 2014

Social Security Tribunal E.I. Appeal Update

The file has been assigned to a member of the Tribunal.  We are still waiting to hear from the Tribunal on how and when they intend to proceed.

 

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

 

 

 

September, 2013

The current Pension Actuarial for the year 2015 was completed in August 2016.

To view the Actuarial click here.

 

 

Memorandum of Agreement

The 2013 memorandum that was voted on and accepted by the 57% of the membership is listed below.

To view the Memorandum of Agreement click here

 

October 16, 2014

Here is another response from the Federal Government to one of our members dancing around the issues of the Investment Canada Act and it's back room deal with U.S. Steel.

Dear Mr. XXXXXXX:

Thank you for your email of September 17, 2014, regarding the recent developments at U.S. Steel Canada.  I appreciate your taking the time to share your ongoing concerns.

The company’s filings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act have made public the financial situation it is facing, having realized an aggregate operating loss of US$2.4 billion in the last five years.  The company has expressed its intention to sell both the Hamilton works and the Lake Erie works by October 2015.  Until then, these sites will continue to operate. 

In my response to your previous messages, I stressed the importance our government places on the manufacturing sector and our efforts to put in place the conditions necessary to support its global competitiveness.  In this context, I hope for a successful future for the facilities currently owned by U.S. Steel Canada.  In the meantime, my thoughts go to the employees of the company, their families, and the communities and suppliers that are affected by this turn of events. 

 

Please accept my best wishes. 

Sincerely, 

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

 

 

August 5, 2014

Another response to our member who has been writing letters to Ministers and MP's and MPP's.  This one is from the MP of Hamilton West-Stoney Creek.

Dear Mr. XXXXX,

I am writing in response to your email regarding your concerns with the US Steel situation. This morning I spoke to Union Representatives at USW 1005 who advised me that the Union and US Steel were meeting to start Collective Bargaining talks at 10:00 am this morning. He also indicated news from these talks would be embargoed, so I do not expect any news within the near future.

I am very careful with what I say and write regarding this situation because it is so easy for things to be embellished as they travel from person to person.

Since day one of the US Steel purchase of STELCO there has been controversy. The original deal was kept secret from the Employees and our community. We could not even get an un-redacted copy under access to information laws.

The NDP, being myself, Chris Charlton and David Christopherson have raised this issue in Parliament and at Parliamentary Committees over 45 times. Simply put, just as in your case with the Industry Minister, we all were stonewalled by this Conservative Government.

Unfortunately, until such times as US Steel actually breaks Canadian Law there is nothing that can be done to prevent them from conducting their private business as they see fit. You may recall the Federal Government took US Steel to Court and at that time we felt they would win their Case but a short time into the case they chose to settle the suit instead.

You yourself identified very clearly the actual problem when you referenced the fact the Federal Government sits idly by and allows American companies to buy Canadian companies just to shut them down. This has been true under the current Conservative Government and the previous Liberal Government as well.

In closing Andrew, there needs to be a huge policy shift regarding foreign investment in Canada. You mentioned the oil sands just this past year the Conservatives allowed a $15 Billion investment by the Chinese company Nexon. The NDP would not have allowed that deal and I am hopeful for a change in Government next year where a newly elected NDP government would be able to make such decisions for the betterment of Canada and Canadian Workers.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please provide me with your telephone number.

Sincerely, 

Wayne Marston, MP

Hamilton East – Stoney Creek

 

 

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 government’s position on U.S. Steel’s 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 government’s 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. Steel’s 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. Steel’s 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 company’s 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.

 

 

 

Email links:

Toby Barrett's Email address is toby.barrett@pc.ola.org

Diane Finley's Email address is  FinleD@parl.gc.ca

 

Let the Prime Minister and Premier know your thoughts on the current situation in the Canadian Steel Sector.

The Prime Ministers Website Link Click Below

http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/contact.asp?featureId=10

 

The Premiers Website Link Click Below

http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/default.asp

 

 

 

This editorial cartoon was in the London Freepress Saturday Nov. 28

 

 

 

The Executive had a meeting April 2012 and voted in the Senior Level Committee to go forward for the next three years.

The Members of the Committee are:

                                                        Executive Positions

Bill Ferguson (Fergy)            President

Mark Talbot                          Vice President

Terry Mckinnon                    Trustee

 

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Jack Layton's final letter to all Canadians, dated Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, two days before he died:

 

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

 

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

 

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

 

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

 

A few additional thoughts:

 

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

 

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

 

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

 

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

 

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

 

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one ?a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

 

All my very best,

Jack Layton

 

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