|LOCAL 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
The following candidates have been endorsed by your Local 1899 Political Action Committee. They received committee endorsement after careful review of their record and position on issues critical to working families.
UNITED STATES SENATOR RICHARD J. DURBIN
ILL. GOVERNOR PAT QUINN
LL. ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN
ILL. SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE
ILL. COMPTROLLER SHEILA SIMON
ILL. TREASURER MICHAEL W. FRERICHS
12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WILLIAM (BILL) ENYART
13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ANN CALLIS
15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ERIC THORSLAND
112TH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT CULLEN L. CULLEN
MADISON COUNTY CLERK DEBBIE MING-MENDOZA
MADISON COUNTY TREASURER MARLEEN SUAREZ
MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF JOHN D. LAKIN
REGIONAL SUPT. OF SCHOOLS ROBERT A. DAIBER
THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE CLARENCE HARRISON
THIRD CIRCUIT COURT YES TO RETAIN JUDGE DENNIS R. RUTH
THIRD CIRCUIT COURT YES TO RETAIN JUDGE RICHARD TOGNARELLI
VOTE NO FOR RETENTION OF
ILL. SUPREME COURTJUSTICE LLOYD KARMEIER
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ELECTION IN ILLINOIS FOR WORKING FAMILIES... MAKE SURE YOU TAKE TIME ON TUESDAY, NOV. 4 TO VOTE!
The International Union has informed the Local that the 2014 3rd Quarter Profit Sharing Payment will be $4.85 for each worked/credited hour.
A member will receive approximately $2,328.00 before deductions for a full payment of total eligible hours.
This Union negotiated payment, made possible by your hard work, must contractually be paid within forty-five days of the end of fiscal quarter.
Jeffrey Benior, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) writer, describes the success of the new – beautifully built - all union labor – under budget – completed early – and ALL STEEL MADE IN AMERICA - Stan Musial Bridge. Story released on the first day of the 2014 World Series without Stan’s Cardinals.
USS/GCW Veeder Health Center is offering flu shots to active employees. Their supply is limited and you must make an appointment. Shots can be scheduled between 6:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Call 451-3710
"Congressional gridlock will not go away until we hold individual incumbents responsible for that eight percent approval rating. We deserve better." - The Southern Illinoisan
Depending on the national poll you choose to believe, Congressional approval ratings range from eight to 14 percent. And, according to a recent Rasmussen Report, only 29 percent of voters think that their representative deserves reelection. It’s safe to assume Southern Illinoisans are no less frustrated.
Illinois 15th Congressional Candidate Eric Thorsland will be at USS/GCW 16th Street Gate Thursday, Oct. 23
Shimkus Challenger is Staunch Supporter of Unions & Workers
The Illinois 15th Congressional District covers a vast area where many employees of USS/GCW reside. Incumbent Congressman Shimkus is being challenged by Eric Thorsland, Democrat for Congress, Illinois 15th. Meet Thorsland Thursday,October 23 at the 16th St. plant gate. Eric Thorsland cited getting Citizens United court decision overturned as his first priority. His campaign receives no funding from political action committees or the state or national Democratic Party, he said. Instead they work with county parties and labor unions. You may recall, Shimkus did not bother to appear at our Save Our Steel Jobs rally in May. Plus, he was a no show in 2009 when 5,000 steelworkers and community friends marched for jobs when U.S.Steel Granite City Works was idled. A large contingent of employees at GCW are his constituents! Perhaps it is time for Shimkus to fulfill his term limit pledge......12 years after his 3-term vow.Read more >>>
The special gate collection on October 14 for the USW explosion victims at USS Fairfield Works raised an impressive total. $2,864 was collected at plant gates and additional subsequent member donations raised the total to $3,064.
Thank you to everyone for their generousity and also to those members who worked the gates!
U.S. Steel Corp. said Tuesday its Canadian unit would apply for bankruptcy protection, as the 113-year-old steelmaker seeks to stop the bleeding after five straight years of losses.Read more >>>
When Travis Turner was 9 months old he was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and almost died. His father, Craig, is a member of USW Local 7248 in Ohio, and the family had good, union-negotiated health care through work.
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President Sends Powerful Message at USW Local 50 Picnic in Granite City, Il.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka attended USW Local 50’s annual picnic on September 13 in Granite City, Illinois. Mr. Trumka attended to reinforce his solidarity with local labor and Illinois 12th District Congressman, Bill Enyart. Both leaders relayed powerful messages concerning the upcoming election in November to members of USW Locals 1899, 50 and 68 as well as UMWA and SOAR. Read more >>>
During the USW District 7 Sub-2 Officers Council Meeting in Granite City, Ill. on August 29, 2014 Illinois Congressional Rep. Bill Enyart - Democrat - Belleville, addressed USW members with his concerns for and the importance of our nation's November 4, 2014 mid-term elections while addressing his support for organized labor and middle-class empowerment.
(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today after the International Trade Commission’s vote on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) dumped into the U.S. market: Read more >>>
It’s because of you that I’m able to share this great news.
United Steelworkers Local 1899 recently had an opportunity to show support for Madison County Circuit Judge Clarence Harrison. Judge Harrison currently serves as the Madison County Family Court Judge, and is running for election. While attending his Southern Style Bar-B-Q fundraiser at the American Legion, Edwardsville, Illinois the Judge’s explicit awareness of middle class deterioration, and his concern for working people became evident. Read more >>>
Union Advises Members Not to Sign Form
[Letter from President Dan Simmons]
Recently the Company distributed to members a number of USS corporate policies and instructed them to acknowledge receipt by signing an enclosed form.
The Union was not provided copies of the documents so as to determine their legal and contractual appropriateness.Read more >>>
For viewing related videos, daily newsletters, resolutions and Flickr photos from each day of the recently concluded USW International Convention, go to:
The Steelworker Pension Trust Retirement Seminar, sponsored by Local 1899 on Friday, July 25, saw substantial attendance by members of Locals 1899, 68, and 50. The event took place at the Tri-Cities Labor Temple. Read more >>>
Wall St. Journal
Please take a few minutes to fill out brief survey. It is really short but has some important data that helps with this important issue.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the most powerful global entity pushing to expand and control trade, serving the world’s corporate elite and generally leaving the rest of us behind. They are asking for input on trade and how it affects our daily lives through an online survey dubbed a “public forum.” While this is a poor excuse for true public involvement, it’s important for us to take the opportunity to weigh in.
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U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi and USW President Leo Gerard testify on Captiol Hill that Korea steel imports are illegal
March 25, 2014 Trib LIVE
Read the latest issue of USW Local 1899 newsletter The Mettle Post.
Granite City Steelworkers Organization Active Retirees - SOAR 7-34-2- Sends Gift Boxes to Troops Overseas
At the November meeting of the Granite City SOAR Chapter 7-34-2 our members brought bags and bags of supplies, snacks and much needed items for our troops currently serving overseas. There were enough items donated to fill 14 boxes that will be sent to Afghanistan hopefully they will arrive in time for Christmas. Each box also contained a personal note from SOAR members. 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
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:
It might be too late for buying that Christmas present but it's not too late to save an American job. Don't believe the worn out cliche' that you can't find anything made in the U.S. anymore. Go to our "Buy Made in America Products" page for a primer.
If this page does not help you find the product you are shopping for, please come back later as the page continues to populate. Or, if you want to help build our U.S. economy you could either support a National Manufacturing Policy, contact your Congressman and demand he or she enforce Free Trade laws or go to our links page for additional resources..
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.Read more >>>
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