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 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 GCW Community Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. at the General Office Building, (Bank Building). 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 >>>

Hey Steelworkers, We Just Want to Say Thank You!

Recently, we ran a postcard campaign that focused on infrastructure investment. At the same time, we had a thank you drawing that each member could participate in. This was to show appreciation for not only your participation in this drawing, but for what you do year round. For stepping up, engaging when it matters and keeping up the fight on the issues that affect us in the workplace. We recognize that Washington and our state capitols do not change unless we speak out. Thanks to our locals’ Rapid Response efforts, we regularly do just that!

And Now . . . We Have The Winners!
We recently held our Thank You Drawing. Out of tens of thousands of entries, two lucky Steelworkers and their guests were drawn for the Grand Prize trip to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Steelworkers International Convention in August. 
Check out the Rapid Response You Tube Video at the end of this article.
 

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The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the death Friday, April 2, 2014 of a contractor's crane operator at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, marking the second such investigation of a fatality at the site in less than four months.


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March 27, 2014
Statement of Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) before the House Steel Caucus Hearing State of the Steel Industry on March 25, 2014

"Once again, it appears as if no one is paying attention to the warning signs.  Import penetration, lack of enforcement, poorly negotiated trade deals with trading partners that flaunt the rules and a myopic refusal to initiate a comprehensive industrial policy are once again threatening not only steel jobs, but industrial jobs all across America. Korea is exporting Oil Country Tubular Goods to the United States, a key product area for our own industry and one that held promise for future growth, at what we believe are unfairly traded prices. Korea has no home market for this pipe. It is a product that is only produced for export." Read more >>>

Wall Street Journal
Wednesday March 26, 2014
By John Miller and William Mauldin

Struggling U.S. steelmakers want Washington to punish their South Korean competitors for selling lucrative steel products to the U.S. oil and gas industry at prices the U.S. suppliers say are unfair. The steelmakers and USW President Leo W. Gerard met lawmakers from steel-producing congressional districts Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Topping the agenda was what the industry describes as unfair foreign competition on highly profitable tube-shaped steel products, which are in heavy demand by the booming U.S. oil and gas industry.
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March 25, 2014 Trib LIVE
By John Oravecz

U.S. Steel CEO, Mario Longhi was one of a half-dozen industry executives who spoke to the Congressional Steel Caucus on Tuesday March 25, along with United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, on steel industry figures that show imports of OCTG (pipe and tube) surged nearly 110 percent since 2008.
"The steel industry could be on the verge of elimination," United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard said.
Longhi said South Korean producers had fudged the facts by setting up networks of companies to evade U.S. laws and disguise the cost of producing and importing. "Korea has designed this approach solely to attack our markets here," he said after the hearing. “The only difference between China cheating in 2009 and today’s action is that South Korean OCTG producers are more clever about hiding their actions,” Longhi said.
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The culture of steel in America has always been about the industry and workers, operating together. $200 million in cutting edge technology invested in U.S. Steel Lorain Works but American jobs are being threatened by bad or unenforced Free Trade deals. It's like playing Whack-the-Mole; one country is slapped with penalties for cheating and another takes their place. The American steel industry could be further threatened by the looming TPP agreement. Ed Schultz traveled to Lorain, Ohio for a unique, local perspective.
 

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 Local 1899 Endorsed Candidate Routs Incumbent

Precincts Counted: 225 of 225

JOHN D. LAKIN FOR SHERIFF (DEMOCRATIC) .......7929

BOB HERTZ FOR SHERIFF (DEMOCRATIC) .......4401
 

Bad trade deals should not have outcomes where trade partners cheat and are rewarded for their actions while American Steelworkers are laid off.
 

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The Times
Joeseph Pete

Everything about the Gov. Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge is big. The seven-lane Tappan Zee Bridge carries 138,000 vehicles a day over one of the widest points of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of Manhattan.
Our loud voices and outrage at foreign made infrastructure should also get loud applause for when American-made sustains family-supportive manufacturing jobs. ArcelorMittal expects to provide about 160,000 tons of plate for the project.
m.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Indiana-steel-used-in-New-York-bridge-replacement-5313843.php#comments
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Late last month, a U.S. Steel facility in Lorain, Ohio announced the layoffs of 50 employees. But these decisions aren’t made in a vacuum. And this one came a week after the Department of Commerce (DOC) rejected the company’s claim that South Korea is dumping Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) into the American marketplace. And what does Lorain Works produce? OCTG.
americanmanufacturing.org/blog/what-goods-trade-agreement-if-you-dont-enforce-books-trade-rules
 

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Ed Schultz is working on a story and a documentary about the American Steel Industry and how trade agreements are putting pressure on workers. The show will highlight the US Steel Plant in Lorain, Ohio.
The Steel specials will begin showing on the "Ed Show"  today (Tuesday) ...... be sure to watch on MSNBC at 4:00pm. Read more >>>

Union Sportsmen's Alliance next episode profiles UMW member hunting big boy buck in New Haven, Illinois on Brotherhood Outdoors Network. The mission of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is to unite the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. Check link below for your network provider local channel.

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The newly opened “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge” joining St. Louis with the Illinois metro area is more than just ordinary and functional. What makes the completion of the Stan Span and all the new approach ramps even more appealing for members of USW Local 1899 and 50 who were in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday February 8, 2014 is the recognition that the steel used in the construction was all Made in America.
Click link below to view 65 photos of the Union Built, American Made Steel construction and ribbon cutting ceremony.
www.flickr.com/photos/43127906@N08/sets/72157641119840115/
USW.org website recognizing Local 1899 coverage for  the Stan Musial Bridge.
www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2014/local-1899-covers-buy-american-with-stan-musial-bridge-story

Read the latest issue of USW Local 1899 newsletter The Mettle Post.

  • USW Next Generation Program
  • U.S. Steel 4Q Highlights
  • Grievance Report
  • Steel all Made in America Stan Span Bridge Opens
  • Shadowy Supervisors
  • Mettle Post 10 Year Anniversary
  • USPA Awards Mettle Post Four 'Best Awards'
  • Rapid Response Report
  • Twin Strand Caster Coming to GCW
  • Joint Efforts Report  and more..... 
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February 19, 2014 TribLIVE
By John Overez

The Department of Commerce did not impose anti-dumping duties on oil and natural gas pipe products from South Korea, the largest exporter among nine nations targeted in a trade case filed by U.S. Steel Corp. and other producers. Steel industry figures show that imports surged nearly 110 percent since 2008 from those countries, which the industry said caused “material injury” to domestic producers of so-called oil country tubular goods. 
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Chicago Tribune
By Alejandra Cancino

The fact that Northwestern University's football players have turned to the United Steelworkers for help in forming a union should give organized labor a huge image boost, especially among younger people and those who follow college sports, labor experts say. Read more >>>

On Friday January 24, 2014 USW Local 1899 Rapid Response Coordinator, Terry Biggs along with Local 50 Ironmaking RR Coordinator, Toby Keller were accompanied by Jeff Rains and Dennis Barker from Granite City
SOAR Chapter 7-34-2 as they met with Congressman Bill Enyart 12th District Illinois at his Belleville office. Their focus was on encouraging him to commit his support for legislative issues that could affect us at GCW and the USW retirees. Read more >>>

Wall St. Journal By Chuin-Wei Yap

China's push to clean up its heavily polluted environment and wring out excess industrial capacity is shaking up the heart of its steel country.
The central government has set a goal of lopping off a quarter of the province's steelmaking capacity. Read more >>>

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 >>>

This is not some radical stance on trade—it is textbook economics. Despite the preponderance of evidence that trade deals do not work as expected the administration is now negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Lori Wallach of Public Citizen said, “The pact will facilitate offshoring, ban Buy American provisions and erode manufacturing jobs. 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.

 

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.

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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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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.

But just three months later, while fighting for his life in the intensive care unit, Travis was kicked off his father's plan because the cost of the baby's care had reached the $1 million cap set by the insurance company.  Now, at age 7, Travis is a happy, healthy first-grader. And thanks to the Affordable Health Act championed by President Obama, he's back on his family's insurance.

Watch Travis' inspirational story then help spread the word.

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