Local Union 1899 Granite City, IL


It is our pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the membership of United Steelworkers Local 1899. We are dedicated to informing our members and building solidarity. Our Local is proud to represent over 100 years of unbroken unionism at Granite City Steel. Read more >>>

Local 1899 and Amalgamated Units* Union Meetings are held at the Tri-Cities Labor Temple, 2014 State Street, Granite City, IL

*Credit Union Unit meetings held at the Local 1899 Grievance Hall, 2334 E. 25th Street, Granite City. For meeting times, please click Blue Title Above 







                                    4:30 P.M.

                           Agenda To Include:

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Local 1899 will be transitioning to a different formatted website in 2018.

We will be utilizing a transition period as we begin filtering all of our past and present member information onto our new site.

Right now, our site is linked to our Facebook page. Please click the “Contact Us” button on the Facebook homepage to begin getting used to linking with the website.

Thank you for your patience during this transitional period. We will follow up with an update once we are fully operable on our new website.

- Local 1899 Administration

There will be a gate collection at all gates and on all turns, Tuesday, Dec. 5th to help make the Holiday a little brighter for the sons and daughters of laid off Steelworkers. 

Please remember to bring some spare cash so as to give generously when coming to work on Tuesday.  Thank you for your supoport!

                               October 3, 2017

To:        Laid Off USW Members

From:   Dan Simmons, President LU 1899
            Craig Mckey, Acting President LU 50
            Dan Sykes, President LU 68
            Tom Ryan, Grievance Chairman LU 1899
            Randy Virgin, Contract Joint Efforts Coordinator

Important Explanation Meeting for Laid Off Members Regarding Further Severance Options.

Local Union 1899, 50 and 68 will conduct informational meetings to explain further employment severance options for members who continue in layoff status. The meeting date, times and location are below:


                 (LU 1899 UNION HALL) 2014 STATE ST., GRANITE CITY, IL

TIMES:    9:30 A.M.
                4:30 P.M.

In addition, general pension, insurance and benefit information will be provided for those members considering retirement at the time of severance.

Local 1899 will participate in the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 4th. The "Solidarity March 2017" will step off at 10:00 a.m. Members will gather at the Labor Temple parking lot; line up will start at 9:00 a.m. Read more >>>

Below is the reference made by President Trump in the July 25 interview with the Wall Street Journal to steel tariffs (the Section 232 issue):

TRUMP: “You know, our country was built, to a large extent, on protecting our manufacturers. If you go back to Jefferson, you go back to all of these great, great people that ran the United States properly, it was really based on a certain form of tariff and a certain form of protection. Read more >>>

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2017

Contact: Dan Simmons (618) 452-1899, dsimmons@local1899.org

(Pittsburgh) -- United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard released the following statement in response to news reports that President Trump has decided to delay action in support of the domestic steel industry under Section 232 of U.S. trade law. Section 232 provides the President with significant authority to impose penalties if he determines that imports of a specific product such as steel undermine U.S. national security.

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To:      All USW Members

From: Dan Simmons, President LU 1899
          Craig  McKey, Acting President LU 50
          Dan Sykes, President LU 68

Date: July 18, 2017

This Thursday's "Fire Up - Let's make Steel" Rally has taken on an additional importance as the International Union has released a national media advisory announcing the event.

Currently, the Trump Administration is pursuing a Section 232 trade case which is examining our country's steel and aluminum industries as related to our vital national defense needs and capabilities. A decision could come at any time. A favorable ruling could curtail imported steel into the U.S.

Our rally will bring attention to the pending 232 case and its importance to making steel once again in Granite City. Steelworkers, our families and our allies will rally against unfair trade that has caused an idling of our iron and steel making facilities, resulting in more than half of our members being laid off for over 18 months.

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The regular Union meeting on Thursday, July 20th is cancelled due to the "Fire Up" Rally to be held the same day at the Labor Temple at 4:30 p.m. 

Members are strongly urged to attend the rally.  Hot dogs and water will be provided.  See you and your family at the "Fire Up" Rally!


                               WE'RE READY! 

                                 STAND WITH LAID OFF STEELWORKERS                                                                 U.S. Steel Granite City Works

                            THURS. - JULY 20TH - 4:30 P.M. LABOR TEMPLE                                                      20th and State Streets, Granite City, IL

                                 SHOW YOUR SUPPORT - PUBLIC WELCOME!


TO:       Local 1899, 50 & 68 USW Members

FROM: Randy R. Virgin, USW Contract Joint Efforts Coordinator

DATE:  May 18, 2017

RE:      Important Retirement Information Meeting

Due to the current status of our facility, with members laid off and some reaching the 2-year point of layoff the end of this year, I have contacted the International Union and requested that representatives from the Steelworkers Pension Trust (SPT) conduct a retirement informational meeting for USW members at Granite City Works.

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Steelworkers Pension Trust Representatives to Give Presentation

Steelworkers Pension Trust Retirement Information Meeting for Local 1899, 50 & 68 Steelworkers of U.S. Steel - Granite City Works to be held Wed., June 28, 2017.

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Section D. Interplant Job Opportunities

1. An Employee with more than three (3) years of Continuous Service on the date of his/her lay- off and who is continuously on layoff for at least sixty (60) days and not expected to be recalled within sixty (60) days, shall be given priority over new hires and probationary Employees for permanent job vacancies at a Plant other than his/her own Plant, as described below:

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The 2015 USW/USS Basic Labor Agreement Contract book is now available for members to pick up at the Local 1899 Union Hall - Tri-Cities Labor Temple.  Read more >>>

If you are a laid off Steelworker you may be eligible for monthly payments of the Health Coverage Tax Credit.

The HCTC Program provides 72.5% portion of the monthly cost of COBRA premium coverage to continue your employer health insurance.

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Members Must Activate Insurance Themselves

[Jan. 20, 2017]

Members returning to work from layoff, who have exhausted insurance coverage continuation, must now go through the process of reinstating their active health insurance coverage; the USS Benefits Department no longer does the return to work reinstatement.

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August 15, 2016

This is a difficult time for Steelworkers.  USW members of other Local Unions, as well as retired SOAR members, have stepped up to offer help.  As the layoff continues members are reminded their Union can offer assistance.


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Important Reminder:

Members need to take the "Benefit Payment Explanation"  letter of notification from the State of Illinois informing them "you have exhausted your Regular Unemployment Insurance Benefits" to the GCW  Blue Building just like you did your "UI finding".

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May 1, 2016 is the deadline, for members who elected 10 days of Single-Day Vacations, to schedule the first 5 vacation days.  Failure to schedule Single-Day Vacations will allow management the opportunity to schedule vacation days for you.  Read more >>>

APRIL 26, 2016

Attention members who are laid off and receiving a PBGC Pension benefit: 

When you initially filed your claim for unemployment benefits - if you are receiving a PBGC pension - you were instructed to notify Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) of your pension by answering "yes" to the question, "Are you receiving a pension benefit?" This in turn generated a questionaire form from IDES which you filled out and returned showing the monthly benefit amount and start-date of receiving the pension benefit.

There has been some confusion as to how to answer the question regarding receiving a pension once you start certiying for benefits on a bi-weekly basis following the initial filing.

We now have received clarification from Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) regarding the matter: 


(NOTE: Receiving a PBGC Pension will NOT affect your unemployment benefit or SUB Pay).


Here is the list of contacts with phone numbers for members to use for their respective areas when attempting to coordinate single days of vacation.

                  Granite City Works Single Day Vacation Request Contacts >>>

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JOBLINK HELP DESK: 1-877-342-7533; Press Option No.1

  • Everyone must register for JobLink
  • If you do not register for JobLink member's benefits could be suspended


  • www.IDES.illinois.gov
  • Click on “Individuals”… this will take you to “Certify” or “Modify Direct Deposit”
  • Do not click on “File”… Members filed at informational meetings


To get your Union Dues amount from USS Oracle website>

To get copy of your W2 form from USS Oracle website>

To contact Illinois Department of Employment Security>

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Fun and educational black and white YouTube video capturing the 1938 era of the city, the steelmaking process with theater style period voice-over describing "The Niagara of liquid fury" when tapping an open-hearth heat of steel.

 If you are injured in the course of your work, you should report the injury to your supervisor immediately, regardless of how minor you think the injury may be.

Following an injury sustained at work, you may choose the doctor or hospital of your choice for your treatment and the Company must provide transportation for your care. If you are transported to the Veeder Health Clinic and the USS medical personnel provide first aid treatment or any other immediate medical attention, this will not be considered as your choice for treatment. If the injury is of a serious nature, in need of hospital care, you should request to go directly to the hospital of your choice.

For more information on your rights under the State of Illinois Workers Compensation Program, you can find the Illinois Compensation Handbook at the following link; http://www.iwcc.il.gov/handbook062811.pdf
You can also pick up a copy of the Handbook at the Local 1899 Union Office in the Labor Temple.

When an injury occurs, your care should be the first and foremost concern and not the investigation into the cause or the details concerning the injury. If you are questioned or interviewed by a representative of the Company as to the cause or details of an incident with or without an injury, you have the right to Union Representative (a Union Grievance Committee Member). The Company has the contractual obligation to advise you of your right to have a Union Representative present at the interview. If you request a Union Representative, you have the right to not answer any questions until one is provided. This is also known as your Weingarten Rights. These rights apply when you’re at the Veeder Health Clinic as well. The Union Safety Representative’s job is to investigate the cause of an injury and to promote a safe workplace and cannot protect you in the same manner as the Union Grievance Representative can. No member should be disciplined for suffering an injury or illness or for reporting and incident/accident in good faith. In cases where disciplinary action is involved as a result of a safety violation, the newly negotiated 2012 contract language – an industry first – requires the Company to adhere to principles of progressive discipline; to take into account the gravity of the violation and member’s prior discipline record unless the violation results from malice, recklessness or knowing defiance of an established and properly communicated safety rule, policy or procedure.

The Right to a Reasonable Policy on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse:
If you are involved in an incident/accident the Company has the contractual right to request you submit to a “For Cause” drug and/or alcohol test if there is a reasonable basis that your coordination or judgment could have contributed to the incident/accident. The management person sending you for testing must complete a D&A evaluation form “based on a written assessment” as to why he or she feels you could be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. This form is known as a DA-1 Form.
Remember the Union has agreed to a “For Cause” drug and Alcohol testing policy not a “Because We Can” policy. If you have been sent for a D&A test that you feel was unjust, contact your Local Union as soon as possible so we can immediately file a Grievance.

Steelworkers Organization for Active Retirees

See Resources Link Page for GCW SOAR Website >>>

SOAR was established in 1985 to organically link the USW’s active members with those in retirement so that both can work on common problems. SOAR has proven to be a true partner of our active membership in the pursuit of economic security.

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