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Union Meetings are currently held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

Any upcoming or changing activities will be posted on the EVENTS OR CALENDAR tab of the site! Check often as the activities for the year will be posted here!

 

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT McCALL

Brother and Sisters,


Good Day All. As we get close to the deadline of our contract it’s important to know that the Bargaining Committee is determined to get a fair contract for our retirees and active members. We will continue to go to work while we seek a fair contract. As long as the company continues to make progress and “bargain in good faith” we will continue to swipe in to work. We would all like to see this through and it’s important to continue to Stand Up and Fight Back! We continue to possess the rights of our current BLA, including the right to strike if necessary. This round of bargaining affects our families, retirees and the community as a whole. There are many possible strategies, and the one we are currently choosing is the most responsible. If anything changes the members will be immediately informed of the next move. I believe that once we get over a few hurdles we will be able to quickly resolve others. All information of the company’s actions in this round of bargaining have come out in the bargaining updates. At the August union meeting, all questions were answered until everyone was done. I am very committed to making sure that the members are informed. Never before has our local communicated like we are now. We will only continue to improve as time goes by.


Our CAT at Local 1066 and the members on the shop floor have done an exceptional job of messaging and building solidarity within our local. There have been some complaints that are currently being addressed. Starting this month we will be a part of a test program with the International where we will utilize a TXT messaging system for 1066 members that wish to receive TXT. Not just bargaining updates, but a new way for us to communicate at any time. There will be a new number to TXT to and we will get that out as soon as we are set up. We are also working on an improved web and Facebook page, which will be adjusted to allow access to members only. That will allow us to speak freely without negative implications. The company and others are able to view both the union and an individual’s Facebook page and its outcome can be dangerous. While it is easy for people to vent complaints and frustrations during this difficult time, we must remain strong in our solidarity. Be assured that we continue this fight as one. The company would like nothing better than for us to fight amongst ourselves and divide our ranks.


Last week’s rally was the greatest show of solidarity that anyone has seen in many years and local 1066 lead the way. I’m very proud of our turnout and am very thankful to all those that helped make it happen. I’m committed in every way to making this a better union than the way I found it. If things change from our current status you will hear directly from me and the Bargaining Committee.
Forever in Solidarity-
Billy

SOLIDARITY MARCH!

September 1st at 3:30 p.m. at Local 6787 Union Hall

Duneland Falls Banquet Center, 1100 Max Mochal Hwy. (In 149), Chesterton, IN

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Gary Indiana in 1059

Check this song out and listen to the words! Also watch the short video about the strike.

Rally and March Friday, August 21 at 3:30 p.m. 

Meet at east parking lot at U. S.Steel Yard (Railcats Stadium)

March to Gateway Park 339 Broadway, Gary, IN. 

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What Could Happen at USS on September 1st?
August 10, 2015


Important Information for Members

As we enter the final month of our current contract with U.S. Steel, one question on the minds of many USW members is: What might happen on Sept. 1 if we have not agreed to a new contract?

There are a number of possible outcomes: 1) We could agree to extend the contract while we continue to bargain (the company must also agree to this), 2) We could vote to go on strike, 3) We could continue to work without a contract, and the company must honor all the terms of the contract except arbitration unless the parties have already negotiated to impasse or 4) The company could choose to lock us out. Each of these situations would mean different things for USW members.

Strikes and Lockouts

Your bargaining committee will not do anything to jeopardize members’ jobs, and we will do everything we can to avoid a work stoppage. Still, often the best way to avoid a strike is to be prepared for one. That’s why we want every USW member at every U.S. Steel site to be ready for the worst case scenario even as your bargaining committee continues working diligently each day toward reaching a fair agreement.

Remember, your right to strike is protected by law, so it would be illegal for U.S. Steel to fire you for simply participating in a strike. (Union members can, however, be disciplined for misconduct on picket lines.)

There are two types of strikes under the law. If one of the causes of a strike is an unfair labor practice, it is an “unfair labor practice strike”, and the company can only hire temporary replacements, who must be discharged at the end of the strike to permit the return of strikers - and the same is true for a lockout. Unless one of the causes of the strike is an unfair labor practice, it is an “economic strike”, and the company can hire permanent replacements, who do not have to be discharged at the end of the strike. However, a company and union can legally agree to their discharge as part of a strike settlement.

The Strike and Defense Fund

For more than 40 years, the Steelworkers International Strike and Defense Fund has provided support for USW members during strikes and lockouts. The money ients distributed on the basis of each member’s individual need. If necessary, each local would establish a committee to assess members’ needs and distribute money. The key to winning a strike or lockout is maintaining the solidarity of everyone, and all members working together to support each other.

Health Insurance Coverage

In the event of a strike, the Insurance Agreement requires the company to continue coverage for 30 days from the beginning of the strike. During this period, the company and union would discuss further continuation of coverage and repayment for the coverage advanced. Employees who participate in the strike and whose coverage is terminated 30 days after the beginning of the strike (and/or their dependents) would be eligible to elect COBRA continuation coverage.

In the event of a lockout, it is the union’s position is that U.S. Steel must continue insurance coverage until February 1, 2016. U.S. Steel may disagree with this, and the issue would have to be resolved by negotiations, arbitration or in court.

For more information on strikes, lockouts and working without a contract, talk to a CAT coordinator or visit usw.org/steel.

In Solidarity,
Your 2015 U.S. Steel Bargaining Committee

 

 

2015 Contract Negotiation Updates

RECEIVE UPDATES ON YOUR SMARTPHONE OR READ THEM HERE.

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DEFENDING AMERICAN WORKERS

Dear Friend:

I write to apprise you of actions that I have taken this past month to defend the American steel industry and steel workers.

• I opposed fast trade Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.

• I voted for legislation supported by the steel industry and labor unions that will improve U.S. trade remedy laws.

• I successfully offered a Buy America amendment to an Appropriations bill that will require the use of American iron and steel.

The American steel industry and good-paying manufacturing jobs are under attack. I regret that there were not enough votes in the House to defeat TPA and that the President signed this measure into law . As the 114 th Congress proceeds, I will continue to fight every day to defend the American steel industry, strengthen Buy America requirements, and prevent unfairly traded steel products from being dumped on our shores.

For more information on my actions, please read the following documents or visit my website at visclosky.house.gov.

• ?Congressman Pete Visclosky Floor Statement in Opposition to TPA


• ?Congressman Pete Visclosky Op-Ed in NWI Times on Defending American Workers

If you are experiencing issues accessing the Op-Ed, please click here.

Sincerely,
Pete

2015 Fightback Labor Festival - Keynote Speaker: Richard Trumka

Republic Steel Memorial Day Massacre Commemoration

Sat., May 16, 2015 * 2 pm
11731 So Avenue “O”
Chicago 60617

 

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Shares of a number of U.S. steelmakers moved north last Friday after the U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) confirmed the imposition of anti-dumping orders against six countries accused for illegally dumping cheap steel products into the U.S. market. The ruling marks a much-needed triumph for U.S. producers struggling to defend their turf from a flood of cheap steel from foreign manufacturers, especially from South Korea.

>>>READ MORE<<<

USW Welcomes Commerce Department Decision on South Korean Oil Country Tubular Goods

 (Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Commerce made its decision to impose dumping margins against South Korean oil country tubular goods (OCTG) dumped into the United States:

>>>READ MORE<<<

>>>> Contact your Federal Officials here!<<<<

Save Our Steel Jobs
Jobs across the country are on the line as America's steel producers face an enormous threat from illegal foreign competition.
Tell your elected officials you're counting on them to stick up for American workers when the Department of Commerce makes its critical ruling in the Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) trade case.
ACT NOW to save our steel jobs!


Save Our Steel Jobs action discussed between AAM President Scott Paul and Economic Policy Institute Robert Scott Read more >>>

The Ed Show - Fighting Chance American Steel

A series on American Steel and how foreign trade agreements are destroying our industry.

This is the Testimony of M. Longhi to the Congressional Steel Caucus 3-25-14.

Please read the Joint USS-USW Letter from Mario Longhi and Leo Gerard dated 3-25-2014 and write your Senators and Representatives on this matter! Use the link on the bottom right side of the 1066 home page with the U.S. Capital to locate your Federal Legislators!

>>>Part 1 March 17, 2014<<<

>>>Part 2 March 18, 2014<<<

>>>Part 3 March 19, 2014<<<

>>>Part 4 March 20, 2014<<<

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal Dead for Now

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke publicly with the White House Wednesday on trade policy, instantly imperiling two major international trade deals and punching a hole in one piece of the economic agenda the president outlined in his State of the Union address a day earlier.

Mr. Reid told reporters he opposed legislation aimed at smoothing the passage of free-trade agreements, a vital component to negotiating any deal, and pointedly said supporters should back down.

"I'm against fast track," Mr. Reid (D., Nev.) said, using the shorthand term for legislation that prevents overseas trade agreements from being amended during the congressional approval process. "I think everyone would be well-advised just not to push this right now."

>>>>>READ MORE<<<<<

 

Antidumping tariffs will keep China, India and other countries from flooding the U.S. market with hot-rolled steel for at least another five years.

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Tuesday that revoking existing duties on hot-rolled steel products from six foreign countries would cause economic damage to U.S. steelmakers and harm steelworkers, at least for the foreseeable future. The federal agency will continue to impose antidumping and countervailing tariffs on steel from China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Ukraine.

"The decision made today by the ITC is a positive step in the right direction," said U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. "My unwavering commitment to protecting and advancing steel and manufacturing jobs throughout Northwest Indiana will continue."

>>>>>READ MORE<<<<<

 Manufacturing.org News

The (ITC) ruled Tuesday that revoking existing duties on hot-rolled steel products from six foreign countries would cause economic damage to U.S. steelmakers and harm steelworkers, at least for the foreseeable future. -

 

 

PITTSBURGH, June 2, 2014

United States Steel Corporation announced today it will indefinitely idle two tubular manufacturing facilities in McKeesport, Pa., and Bellville, Texas, in early August, impacting approximately 260 employees as a result of business conditions which are influenced by unfairly traded tubular products imported into the United States. You have to do something to stop the dumping.
Text STEEL to 91990
#SOSJobs

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U. S. Steel Tubular to Supply Iraq Consortium

U.S. Firms Form Consortium to Service Burgeoning Iraq Oil & Gas Market NAWAH, U.S. Steel Tubular Products, MRC Global Bring Proven Industry, Regional Expertise to Iraq’s Extensive Development Efforts

 >>>>>READ MORE<<<<<

 U.S. Steel's Portage, Indiana Plant Cranking out Steel for Automakers
By Joeseph Pete
nwi.com

The former National Steel finishing facility, which the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker bought out of bankruptcy a decade ago, processes metal for cars, cans, refrigerators, highway signs, utility boxes, doors and roof shingles. The plant makes the steel -- forged 10 miles away at Gary Works -- more valuable with treatments, such as zinc coating to keep it from rusting for years.

>>>>READ MORE<<<<

Memorial Day Massacre Ceremony 18 May 2013  

>>>>>The Story<<<<<

Bring Jobs Home

In the past decade, 50,000 manufacturing sites closed and 6 million American jobs were lost because of outsourcing.

>>>READ MORE<<<

Should Be Made in America!

California’s Made-in-China Bay Bridge Symbol of Failure
 

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The United Steelworkers stand up and fight back for workers around the world ... Read more >>>

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