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 



To: Local Unions in Sub District 2

                             From: Dave Dowling

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 two members of the United Steelworkers employed by Laclede Gas were shot to death as they worked on the streets of St. Louis. Killed was Alex Boschert, 27, and William Froelich, 52. The incident appears to be the random, violent act of an assailant who took his own life shortly after taking the lives of our brothers. Read more >>>

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                           Agenda To Include:

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Tim "Lumpy" Dagon to be Observed

The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor will hold their annual Workers' Memorial observance Friday, April 28, 2017.

Unfortunately, this year a member of Local 1899 will be one of two workers memorialized during the observance ceremony.

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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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Few fireworks displays have more drama than the process of steelmaking. Watch this YouTube video “Steelmaking From Start to Finish”
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