|USW Local 1066|
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!
Bargaining With U.S. Steel Resumes in Pittsburgh
(September 29) – After spending a few weeks gathering feedback from our brothers and sisters in our locals around the country, our USW bargaining committee returned to Pittsburgh on Monday, Sept. 28, to resume negotiations with U.S. Steel.
Our bargaining team met among themselves and with company representatives for several hours on Monday, discussing a wide range of issues, including active and retiree health care, contracting out and health and safety. While significant differences remain on each of these issues, we believe we are making progress, and we will continue to work hard to reach a fair agreement.
We continue to exchange proposals with the company and review a number of options regarding health care for both pre-Medicare and Medicare-eligible retirees. Our goal continues to be making sure both our active employees and retirees have access to quality, affordable health care, and we will continue to push back against the company’s demands for deep concessions.
We plan to exchange proposals later this week with U.S. Steel on the issue of contracting out.
Health & Safety
We have expressed our concerns with the company about health and safety-related issues and pressed the company on its plans to address these problems. Unfortunately, U.S. Steel continues to insist on having full control over our union safety representatives.
Our committee will continue to meet among ourselves and with U.S. Steel to discuss these and other issues as this week progresses, and we will keep you up to date on any developments as our talks continue. Stay strong, keep working safely, and remember to keep in touch with your CAT coordinators!
SEPT 10, 2015
(September 10) – Our USW bargaining committees are continuing to meet regularly among themselves and with U.S. Steel representatives this week in Pittsburgh in an effort to reach a fair contract settlement.
The progress we’ve made so far this summer has come slowly, and we know that has been frustrating, both for those of us in Pittsburgh and for our brothers and sisters at home who are hungry for information about what is happening at the bargaining table. While we have made some progress on significant issues, the company continues to insist on a number of unrealistic and unacceptable demands for concessions.
Active Health Care
For current employees, the company’s proposal would add deductibles, increase employee copays, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximums and charge up to nearly $3,300 per year for family coverage by 2018. A family could face up to $6,300 in premiums and out-of-pocket costs if more than one family member had serious health conditions in a year. These costs would be even higher for out-of-network services. The company also proposes to charge another $150 per month for spousal coverage if an employee’s spouse is offered coverage by an employer.
The high-deductible plan has slightly lower monthly premiums, but exposes employees and their families to the risk of large out-of-pocket expenses. For example, under the company’s proposal, by 2018 a new hire with a family would pay premiums of almost $3,000 per year and potentially face up to an additional $6,000 per year in out-of-pocket costs.
The proposal is designed to create a two-tier compensation scheme that will make it harder to bargain benefits, create resentment and undermine our solidarity. Since these employees haven’t even begun work, there are no labor cost savings -- but the seeds of division are sown.
Retiree Health Care
Health Security for All
Health & Safety
S & A Benefits
Investment in Our Mills
Solidarity Now & Forever
Please keep in touch with your CAT coordinators for the latest information on bargaining, as well as news about upcoming mobilization events.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken our message to the streets and gotten an overwhelmingly positive response. Now, we need to keep that momentum going in our plants and in our communities if we are going to win this fight.
These meetings are for 1066 members only!
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
UNION MEETING WILL STILL BE ON SEPT. 16 at 4:00 p.m.
A Message from President McCall
Labor Day Weekend Update:
As this week has progressed, very little has changed in terms of contract negotiations. If any progress has been made from the company’s original proposals, it would be measured in centimeters. The company has only brought forth changes that would benefit them and destroy over 75 years of progress by this Union.The company wants to lower incentives,take back the 40 hr. guarantee, change vacation eligibility,putting healthcare costs onto retirees, add premiums to our actives while increasing out-of-pocket expenses, increasing deductibles further injuring the financial stability of our families, remove the 60 hr. opportunity for maintenance employees yet contract out as they please, and the list goes on. All of the company’s delusional requests have been released in the USW updates that go out via txt and/or email and have been posted on the web. Please, once again take advantage of these update methods. The Presidents and Bargaining Committee have been committed to using this method of updating the members on our status.
Labor Day Parade in Lowell, Indiana on Monday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m.
A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT McCALL
Brother and Sisters,
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.
What Could Happen at USS on September 1st?
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.
2015 Contract Negotiation Updates
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DEFENDING AMERICAN WORKERS
I write to apprise you of actions that I have taken this past month to defend the American steel industry and steel workers.
• I voted for legislation supported by the steel industry and labor unions that will improve U.S. trade remedy laws.
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.
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.
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:
>>>> Contact your Federal Officials here!<<<<
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!
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."
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."
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. -
U.S. Steel to Idle Two Tubular Facilities in Pennsylvania and Texas: Foreign Dumping Unfairly Traded Tubular Products A Contributing Factor
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.
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
U.S. Steel's Portage, Indiana Plant Cranking out Steel for Automakers
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.
Bring Jobs Home
In the past decade, 50,000 manufacturing sites closed and 6 million American jobs were lost because of outsourcing.
Should Be Made in America!
California’s Made-in-China Bay Bridge Symbol of Failure
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