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U.S. Steel Lake Erie Works

 

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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 companyís filings under the Companiesí 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.

 

October 12, 2014

Kids Xmas Party

Information and Forms have been posted on the Meetings and Public Events link.

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 wonít 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. Steelís 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 USWís 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. Steelís 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

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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 October 21, 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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