|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
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- Your 2015 Bargaining Committee
June 23, 2015
About 100 USW leaders, representing thousands of workers from U.S. Steel facilities around the United States, kicked off contract talks during a series of meetings in Pittsburgh on June 16 and 17.
The members first met privately to map out the union’s plan for bargaining a new master agreement, then gathered for a presentation from U.S. Steel representatives outlining the state of the industry and the company. While USW and U.S. Steel leaders agreed that industry conditions – particularly the effects of unfair trade - will make this round of bargaining difficult, both sides also expressed an interest in working together to combat those issues and reach a fair agreement.Read more >>>
Sparrows Point Baltimore Once Known as "The Beast of the East" Now a Steelworker Describes Himself as a Refugee of Failed Trade Practices
“One can’t help but be saddened. This was once called the ‘Beast of the East.’ We made the steel that went into the Golden Gate Bridge…” Lewis says in a video message to President Obama, while standing on the decimated site where he proudly worked for 32 years as a full-time crane operator. The dream of economic opportunities disappeared in August of 2012 when Mike and 2,100 of his steelworker brothers and sisters who permanently lost their jobs at the steel plant in Sparrows Point in Baltimore. Read more >>>
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Biggs, a third-generation steelworker, said existing trade policies must be fixed, adding that the pending legislation would make things worse. “I’m a victim of the trade system that is currently in place and I’m worried,” he said.
Mr. Biggs recently briefed local union members about the trade legislation and helped gather 1,500 letters urging Republican Rep. Mike Bost, whose district includes the mill, to oppose the trade bill.Read more >>>
The Election Committee Report of the below election results was unanimously ratified at the Regular Meeting of May 21, 2015. The results of the April 21, 2015 Local 1899 Election are now official.
FOR VICE PRESIDENT
FOR RECORDING SECRETARY
FOR FINANCIAL SECRETARY
FOR GUARD (INSIDE)
FOR GUARD (OUTSIDE)
FOR TRUSTEE (THREE ELECTED)
FOR GRIEVANCE CHAIRPERSON
FOR ZONE 16 GRIEVER
FOR ZONE 30 GRIEVER
FOR ZONE 67 GRIEVER
FOR PLANT PROTECTION UNIT CHAIR
FOR PLANT PROTECTION UNIT GRIEVER
FOR O&T UNIT CHAIRPERSON
FOR O&T UNIT GRIEVER
FOR CREDIT UNION UNIT CHAIRPERSON
FOR CREDIT UNION UNIT SECRETARY
FOR CREDIT UNION UNIT GRIEVER
FOR STEIN STEEL UNIT CHAIRPERSON
FOR STEIN STEEL SECRETARY
FOR STEIN STEEL CHIEF GRIEVER
FOR STEIN STEEL UNIT GRIEVER
FOR STEIN STEEL UNIT GRIEVER
FOR STEIN STEEL UNIT GRIEVER
FOR TUBE CITY UNIT CHAIRPERSON
FOR TUBE CITY UNIT SECRETARY
FOR TUBE CITY UNIT GRIEVER
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.Read more >>>
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.”Read more >>>
USW Message to Congress "Enforcing lousy trade laws doesn’t get you much to protect steel jobs" It’s time to rewrite the trade laws
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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!
These are direct numbers to their office. Every call matters
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ACTION CALL TO MEMBERS: NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND UP FOR YOUR JOB!
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.Read more >>>
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 >>>
60 DAY W.A.R.N. NOTICE ISSUED FOR GRANITE CITY WORKS and What you can do to impact irrationally priced foreign steel being dumped into our U.S. market
The worst trade deal you may have never heard of
March 25, 2015
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Posted Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
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 >>>
Your Representative Needs to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
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.
USW Vice-President Tom Conway and Nucor CEO John Ferriola Warn, "Irrationally Priced and Subsidized Imports in the U.S. Market Compounding the OCTG Situation.”
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 ManipulationRead more >>>
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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
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.
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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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