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 



PITTSBURGH (February 12) – Upholding unfair labor practice charges filed by the United Steelworkers (USW) International Union, Region 6 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) late yesterday afternoon issued a 31-page complaint against Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) and four of its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Read more >>>

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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To:     Local 1899, 50 & 68 Members

From: Dan Simmons, President LU1899
          Jason Chism, President LU 50
          Dan Sykes, President LU 68
          Rhonda Krekovich Unit Chair LU 1899-05
          Randy Virgin, USW Joint Efforts Coordinator

Date: February 11, 2016

Locals 1899, 50 and 68 will conduct an informational meeting for members being laid off the week of February 14, 2016 on Wednesday, February 17th at 1:00 p.m.

The Informational meeting will be held at the Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave., Granite City, IL. 

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                      FEBRUARY 01, 2016 - 3:15 P.M. EST

United Steelworker members voted better than 2-to-1 to accept the 2015 contract agreement with U.S. Steel.  Local 1899 had a 68% turnout. The Granite City vote totals by Local Unions were as follows:

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US Steel 4Q Earnings Call

Jan 27, 2016

Members may find some interest in this shortened version of today's U.S. Steel  4Q 2015 Earnings Conference Call. Having removed all the wonky EBIDTA economics and the Carnegie Transformational Journey discussions, the remainder is insightful for investors, customers and most importantly in this forum, the employees.

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One scholarship with a value of $5,200.00 which is available for use in any accredited college or university in the United States or Canada will be awarded annually by the United Steelworkers, District 7, Sub District 2, Officers Council. The program will be administered by an independent National Selection Committee.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Any member of a high school class graduating between January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016, or an extension of that school term, who is certified by the high school principal and who is either a member, the son or daughter of a member, or the legal ward of a member of any local that is affiliated and per capita paid up the United Steelworkers, District 7, Sub District 2, Officers Council is eligible to participate. In addition, if the parent or legal guardian shall have died or shall have become permanently disabled while any applicant shall have been a bona fide student enrolled in high school and pursuing a high school course of study, the applicant, if otherwise eligible, shall be eligible to participate. The scholarship is entirely unrestricted as to sex, race, religion and political affiliation. Stepchildren who are not adopted or legal wards are not eligible.

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Dunstan To Lead Delegation To Washington, D.C.
For Meetings With Government Leaders

EDWARDSVILLE, IL, January 20, 2016 – The Madison County Board unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Chairman Alan J. Dunstan calling on the U.S. Congress to take action regarding the illegal dumping of foreign steel on the U.S. market.

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Dan Simmons, President, Local 1899

November 23, 2015

The Local Unions were notified late this afternoon of the company's decision to temporarily idle the Granite City Works facility.  The idling is part of an ongoing adjustment of steelmaking operations throughout North America to match customer demand.

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Local Unions Will Hold Contract Informational Meetings

January 6, 2016

Members should be receiving copies of the proposed Tentative Agreement between U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers Summary within the next week to ten days. Copies of the Summary are currently at the printer. Local Union officials have received an advance copy as of yesterday and some have found their way on websites and social media accounts.  (A copy is posted on Local 1899's Facebook page).

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Dec 23, 2015
During the challenging times that many USW members are confronting, it is rewarding to know that many active and retired USW members have displayed concern for our welfare and expressed kindness through their recent donations. Read more >>>

August 11, 2015

Six major U.S. steel producers – AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor Corporation, SSAB Enterprises, LLC, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and United States Steel Corporation – today filed petitions charging that unfairly-traded imports of certain hot-rolled steel flat products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom are causing material injury to the domestic industry:

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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 >>>

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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Whether the topic is current steel market trends, legislative actions, or Local 1899 developments - those that can be publicly discussed - follow us on Local 1899 Facebook and 'Like' us to recieve immediate post notifications. If our website and social media do not provide you with the informational resources you desire, please check our members 'Meeting Schedules' www.local1899.org and try to attend.

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

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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