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 



April 17, 2015

The Local 1899 Rapid Response delegation that attended the 2015 USW Rapid Response Legislative Conference April 13th through the 16th in Washington D.C. was disappointed in their meeting with Republican U.S. Representative Mike Bost, IL 12th.

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April 13, 2015

 “We can no longer be silent with the threat we face,” Local 1899 President Simmons said. “Last month U.S. Steel served notice on 2,080 steelworkers employed at our Granite City steel mill of an intent to idle operations as the result of market conditions and an illegal flood of steel imports from China, South Korea, Japan and other countries that unfairly subsidize products that now threaten to put us out of work.”

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"This is what Democracy Looks Like!"

On Tuesday,  April 7, members readily signed letters to be delivered to Congressman Mike Bost's office in Washington next week demanding our leaders stand with Steelworkers against unfair foreign trade!

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April 2, 2015

Steelworkers are very concerned about the damage to our industry due to the record breaking level of steel imports into the U.S over the past 14 months. The domestic steel companies and the USW are talking about the similarities between now and the 1990s when half of the nation’s steel firms disappeared. 34% of U.S. market share is now being consumed by foreign born steel.


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Below are our elected members of congress that serve on the Congressional Steel Caucus Committee for (IL) This is a bi-partisan coalition that promotes the health and stability of the domestic steel industry, as well as the interest of its "work force" let's hold them accountable to do this!

Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
Mike Bost 12th CD (IL)
Rodney Davis 13th CD (IL)
John Shimkus 15th CD (IL)

These are direct numbers to their office. Every call matters
on this important issue that affects so many.

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02 April 2015

Volunteers are needed to work the plant gates at 16th Street and Nash Street on Tuesday, April 7th.  The Local Unions' Rapid Response Committees will be having members sign a letter to Illinois 12th Congressional District Representative Bost.

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Consider watching this video to witness those who are working on our behalf to find a remedy from cheating foreign competitors who are destroying the domestic steel market. This is the Congressional Steel Caucus Hearing in D.C. that was held on the day after our GCW 60 day WARN layoff notice was announced on March 25. USW President Leo Gerard makes a very heartfelt and passionate presentation at the 18:00 minute mark and again at the 46:00 minute mark of this two hour video. For additional background, go to our Local 1899 Facebook for articles and testimony summaries from this hearing. Read more >>>

The worst trade deal you may have never heard of

March 25, 2015

The United Steelworkers Union has been notified by US Steel of their decision to issue 60 day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices to the employees of Granite City Works. The notice provides 60 day advance warning of the Company’s intention to temporarily idle the Granite City Works facility. This decision has been made due to the need to consolidate the North American Flat-Rolled operations. The Union remains optimistic that during the 60 day period that market conditions can improve to a level that would make this action unnecessary.


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Posted Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
The ILEPI fact-checked claims made by Governor Rauner that were most important to his policy agenda. Rauner has now put some of his untrue and misleading claims into action in his budget proposal. Of the eleven claims made as he places disproportionate energy towards attacking unions:
Two (18.2 percent) were found to be true,
Three (27.3 percent) were rated as only half true, and
Six (54.5 percent) were deemed to be false. Read more >>>

February 6, 2015

By Doug May, USPA

Dow Jones News Service reported on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 that Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. plans to join steelmakers in filing complaints over the record breaking level of steel imported into the U.S. Cliffs CEO Lourenco Gonclaves said this move could increase pressure on the U.S. government to add more tariffs on steel products.
“The collapse of steel pricing is not just about the oil price. The avalanche of imports is largely to blame for our current problem," Gonclaves said.

We are down to the wire as the Obama Administration and Congress are trying to rush through another lousy and secret trade deal through Fast Track for TPP by the end of this month. In its present form, "Buy American" would become illegal.
Click Read More below video for additional steel industry info and contacts to www.stopfasttrack.com/

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Based on what's occurring in the marketplace, it's the dream of every company to change the status of their workers from "employee" to "independent contractor," thereby allowing them not to have to pay for insurance, pensions, vacations or holidays. Read more >>>

By Doug May, USPA

Nobody enjoys waiting. We have all experienced the stem-winding delay while waiting at the doctor’s office or pacing the floor while waiting to have our car repaired. Currently, many members of USW Local 1899 USS/Granite City Works and their families are looking for answers concerning potential employment interruptions, possibly rearranging their definition for a lengthy wait. While we’re employed in an industry that historically has always been a very cyclical business, it’s still concerning. An elevated level of hand wringing now makes that car repair wait seem inconsequential.

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Now is the time to do something about the dirtiest free trade deal you have never heard of - The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement or TPP. Fast Track legislation through Congress must be stopped. A strong public outcry is necessary. Once it’s passed, TPP is here forever.

Like previous “free trade” agreements, this one is being facilitated to ensure maximum profits for corporate interests while stripping our economy of manufacturing and the well-paying jobs that come with them.
Please sign the petition at the end of this article.

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By John Miller WSJ January 27, 2015

“Drilling activity has been severely cut back,” said Tom Conway, Vice President with United Steelworkers, which represents workers at U.S. Steel. “And unfairly priced and subsidized imports continue to land in the U.S. market, just compounding the situation.” #StopFastTrack Illegal Subsidies and Currency Manipulation

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Fast Track with TPP, no debate, no amendments, sovereignty between nations will be overridden when corporations can sue countries over pesky environmental, banking or labor regulations that obstruct their profit margins. We can forget about penalties and tariff relief from TPP manufacturers dumping their products (steel; see South Korea #SOSJobs) into the U.S. sold at less than the exporter’s production costs Not to be forgotten, if TPP passes in its present form, "Buy American" provisions will become illegal! https://www.facebook.com/USWRapidResponse/posts/10153346010589778:0
Follow all global trade issues from our 1899 Advocacy page:
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Labor Tribune
America is taking notice and following the lead of the St. Louis Union Label & Service Trades Council’s efforts to encourage union members to put their bright neon green “This Payment Made Possible By UNION WAGES” stickers on checks and credit card charge slips.
Union Wages stickers are available for USW Local 1899 members at the administrative offices in the historic Tri-Cities Labor Temple. Read more >>>

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

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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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