|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
Special Holiday Wishes from the Simmons Law Firm for laid off members of Locals 1899, 50 & 68
NOTE: Please call 618-452-1899 by Dec. 9th so we can let the law firm know how many children and their ages so this Holiday is a little brighter!
Nov. 21, 2016
An informational meeting for members eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) is planned for Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Labor Temple (Local 1899 Union Hall).Read more >>>
November 2, 2016
The International Union has informed the Local Unions that there will be a 2016 3rd Quarter Profit Sharing Payment. The Profit Sharing amount will be $00.49 for each worked/credited hour.Read more >>>
To continue providing retirees affordable, quality health care coverage, offerings are annually reviewed to ensure we have the right mix of affordability and coverage.
As a result of this review, the United Steelworkers and United States Steel will be making changes in retiree medical and prescription drug vendor, but not to the overall benefits in 2017.Read more >>>
Granite City's SOAR Chapter will sponsor Trivia Night to benefit laid off Steelworkers:
R.S.V.P. (618) 452-1130Read more >>>
On Thursday, November 17th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM families of laid off Steelworkers can pick up a free turkey as well as a few dinner sides at the Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave, in Granite City, IL. Read more >>>
Program will be Instated for 2017; HCTC Applications will be Available in November
[Below is correspondence received by USW Contract Joint Benefits Coordinator Randy Virgin in response to his inquiry regarding the 2016 HCTC from the USS Pittsburgh Corporate Benefits Office]:
Oct. 27, 2016
Neither Highmark nor Wage Works were familiar with the 2016 Interim Process. So, with the assistance of our tax department, we reached out to the IRS directly & had a discussion Tuesday with a very knowledgeable rep.
As you noted, the advance premium process for HCTC will be reinstated in January 2017. We were told it will be very similar to the previous program with slight modifications. Applications for the 2017 advance premium HCTC will be available in November.Read more >>>
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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The Letter Below was sent to Governor Rauner requesting a legislative session be called in order to pass HR 6594 - Extention of Unemployment Benefits for Illinois Steelworkers.
Beginning in April, 2015 individuals who work at U.S. Steel, and at other steel companies began to be laid off from their jobs. The U.S. Steel plant and others have essentially been idled since December 2015. The bulk of the layoffs occurred during the beginning of the month of December 2015. Of the plant’s 2,000 workers, 1,500 still remain off the job.Read more >>>
Reps. Hoffman, Beiser to Hold Press Conference
President Dan Simmons' efforts to persuade Illinois elected officials to extend state unemployment benefts for laid off Steelworkers has resulted in two representatives introducing legislation in Springfield.
Democratic State Reps. Jay Hoffman and Dan Beiser have put forth an extension proposal for benefits and will hold a press conference on Thursday, July 21 at the Tri-City Labor Temple Local 1899 Union Hall at 10:00 AM.
Members are strongly encouraged to attend this event!
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".Read more >>>
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:
IF YOU ANSWERED "YES" TO RECEIVING A PENSION WHEN YOU FIRST FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, YOU MUST CONTINUE TO ANSWER "YES" TO RECEIVING A PENSION EACH TIME YOU CERTIFY THEREAFTER EVERY 2 WEEKS.
(NOTE: Receiving a PBGC Pension will NOT affect your unemployment benefit or SUB Pay).
Mar 15, 2016
Preliminary antidumping order hits steel imports from seven countries
Contact: Gary Hubbard, 202-256-8125; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh (March 15) – The United Steelworkers (USW) union today commended the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) for its preliminary decision to place antidumping duties on unfairly traded hot-rolled flat steel from seven countries.Read more >>>
February 26, 2016 – Granite City IL
Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan was today joined at the Granite City Labor Temple by Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer and United Steelworkers (USW) officials Dan Simmons, president of USW Local 1899, and Jason Chism, president of USW Local 50, for a detailed briefing of the meetings Tuesday in Washington, D.C. on the idling of U.S. Steel’s Granite City mill.Read more >>>
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 >>>Read more >>>
JOBLINK HELP DESK: 1-877-342-7533; Press Option No.1
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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.Read more >>>
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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
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:
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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