U.S. Steel Lake Erie Works
August 18, 2014
Lump Sum Payment payable September 1, 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 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.
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 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.
Wayne Marston, MP
Hamilton East Ė 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 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.
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.
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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).
Grievance Form Package
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September 18, 2013
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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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