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 



USW Rapid Response Committee members lobbied Congress Wednesday, March 4 to stop Fast Track Legislation. Read more >>>

March 4, 2015
One college scholarship with a value of $5,200.00 be awarded by the United Steelworkers District 7 Sub-District 2 Officers Council and another worth $4,000.00 by USW Local 1899 on the basis of a competitive scholarship examination which is administered by District 7 Sub-District 2 of the USW. Read more >>>

 Randy R. Virgin, USW Joint Efforts Coordinator

February 26, 2015

U. S. Steel Corporate has notified the Union that the over deduction of contributions for the Granite City Works Torch Club, as a result of implementation of the new payroll system for pay period ending February 14, will be corrected on the next regular pay day of March 10, 2015.

In addition, the parties are in the process of arranging a meeting between USS and Union representatives next week to discuss payroll matters and changes stemming from the Oracle Self Service/Payroll System. Members will be informed of any developments.

Your USW Local1899 officials and U.S. Steel Payroll Department are aware of the Torch Club deductions and exemptions being incorrect on your payroll check this week. We are working to get this issue resolved as soon as possible. More information will be forthcoming.

Dan Simmons - President Local 1899

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 18, 2015
By Leo W. Gerard
USW International President

For neighborhoods around Chevron’s United Steelworkers represented Richmond, Calif. refinery explosion in 2012, residents were ordered to remain indoors for a nearly six-hour ordeal as their homes were engulfed in smoke and soot. Approximately 15,000 received medical treatment for breathing difficulty, chest pain, headaches and eye irritation. Twenty were admitted to hospitals. Incredibly, 19 workers caught in a highly flammable vapor cloud all survived with only minor injuries.
A year after the disaster, Richmond sued Chevron, alleging it willfully disregarded public safety. Gayle McLaughlin, then the mayor, said, “This is not about money, although there are certainly costs attached to the impact of this fire. This is about a change in Chevron’s corporate culture, to place safety of the community as a top priority.”
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The second group of Local 1899 members were laid off effective the week of February 15th bringing the total number of members affected by the decrease in operations at Granite City Works - on the Steel Works side - to nearly 120. At this time, based on information provided by the Company, this should conclude significant manning reductions.

Like the initial group, members were provided personal assistance in applying for unemployment benefits by representatives of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) following the scheduled layoff informational meeting.

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Thursday February 12, 2015
By Jonathan Rosemblum
The United Steelworkers, which represents 30,000 refinery workers in collective bargaining, tracks workplace deaths. It reports that 27 workers died at refineries in the past five years – more than five a year.

That’s intolerable. And it’s the main reason that 5,000 USW oil and chemical workers, are on unfair labor practice strikes nationwide. We believe not enough is being done to prevent our co-workers from leaving refineries and chemical plants in body bags. None of us wants to be the next to lose his or her life.

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Dan Simmons, President
Randy R. Virgin, USW Joint Efforts Coordinator

Local 1899 will conduct an informational meeting for members being notified of lay off effective the week of February 15, 2015 on Tuesday, February 17th at 9:00 am.

Representatives of the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Local Union officials will be on hand to provide information and answer members' questions regarding:

  • Layoff Minimization Plan Agreement
  • Application for State Unemployment Benefits
  • Application for Company Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB Pay)
  • Continuation of Company Insurance Benefits
  • GCW Operations

The Informational meeting will held at the Tri-Cities Labor Temple (Local 1899 Union Hall), 2014 State Street, Granite City, Illinois.

NPR February 9, 2015

Lots of economists have suggested the big drop in oil prices is a gift to consumers that will propel the economy. David Kotok of Cumberland Advisors is one of them. He argues that cheaper oil will ultimately be a positive.

"The U.S. comes out a big winner on a falling energy price, but it takes time to filter through and into the full economy," Kotok says.

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February 6, 2015
By Doug May
USW Local 1899 Trustee
USPA District 7 Coordinator

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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Layoffs Could Begin Week of February 8th

Dan Simmons, President, January 30, 2015  3:00 PM

The Local Union and management of Granite City Works signed a Layoff Minimization Plan (LMP) Memorandum of Understanding today, called for in the Basic Labor Agreement, as a result of U. S. Steel's deteriorating business conditions.

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Closure, Market Conditions to Cause Reduction in Operations on Steelworks Side

                                       Dan Simmons, President, January 20, 2015

Fellow Brothers and Sisters of Local 1899:

As many of you are aware, United States Steel Corporation announced yesterday the permanent shut down of both coke batteries at Granite City Works. This decision was based on a number of factors, including the current downturn in the steel market.

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Rauner Backs ‘Right to Work’ Laws in State Address

By Richard Pérez-Peña

The New York Times, February 4, 2015

Joining the ranks of Republican governors taking aim at the power of labor unions, the new chief executive of Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner, said on Wednesday that the state should ban some political contributions by public employee unions and allow local “right to work” laws.

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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

District 7 United Steelworkers Press Association Coordinator
Local 1899 Editor and Trustee

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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 Jan 6, 2015, 10:36am EST Updated: Jan 6, 2015, 11:18am EST

Pittsburgh Business Times

United States Steel Corp. will temporarily idle its Lorain Tubular Operations in Lorain, Ohio, and Tubular Processing facility in Houston, Texas amid challenging market conditions, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed Tuesday.

The Lorain, Ohio plant employs 614 and another 142 work at the Houston facility. Employees at both facilities were informed Monday, according to U.S. Steel (NYSE: X) spokeswoman Sarah CassellaCassella said the decision to idle the facilities is a result of softening market conditions, particularly in the energy market. 

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Dan Simmons, President, January 27, 2015

The Local Union and Granite City Works management met today for the first of what will be a number of meetings to reach agreement on provisions of a Layoff Minimization Plan (LMP), as called for in the Basic Labor Agreement.

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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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By Doug May
USW District #7 USPA E-Board Communications Coordinator

The United Steelworkers Press Association #theuspa E-Board met in Pittsburgh on December 2nd through 4th to improve upon our skills to become better communicators for our many complex locals throughout North America. Those ever-changing communication tools are frequently in need of sharpening. Our meeting was designed to move that grinding wheel as we revamp the USPA to become more helpful with engaging membership while improving upon modern communications beyond our printed Local 1899 traditional newsletter, The Mettle Post. These strategies will be supplemented by communications using digital, online/social media, visual and sophisticated messaging strategies. Read more >>>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2104
CONTACT: John Paul Smith, Local 7-669, (c) 618.638.7894, jsmith@usw7-669.com

(Metropolis, Ill.) The United Steelworkers (USW) and USW Local 7-669 filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Nov. 10, 2014 concerning Honeywell Corp.’s lockout of its union members on Aug. 2, 2014.

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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.

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:
http://www.citizen.org/trade/ Read more >>>

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.
The longest cable stayed bridge in America has been nominated as a 2014 finalist to receive the national award in three categories: Best Use of Innovation, Under Budget, and Quality of Life/Community Development. Local 1899 member and a Buy American advocate is quoted in this article. Read more >>>

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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