|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
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. Read more >>>
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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Closure, Market Conditions to Cause Reduction in Operations
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.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.
During the USW District 7 Steelworkers Organization for Active Retirees, SOAR
DROP IN OIL DEMAND MAJOR FACTOR
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 Cassella. Cassella said the decision to idle the facilities is a result of softening market conditions, particularly in the energy market.Read more >>>
Members of United Steelworkers Locals 1899, 50 and 68 and employees of U.S. Steel Granite City Works in Granite City, Illinois conducted a Holiday Toy and Coat Drive during the months of November and December for those less fortunate. Read more >>>
Members of Local 1899 and Granite City SOAR Chapter 7-34-2 held the line at Honeywell Corporation in Metropolis, IL on Saturday, Dec. 13 so locked out USW members of Local 7-669 could attend their Local Union Christmas party. Read more >>>
In the most significant policy change ever undertaken by the Obama administration to strengthen the power of labor unions, a divided National Labor Relations Board issued a long-awaited final rule speeding up the union election process. Read more >>>
Production will begin in January, 2015 for a movie to be shot in Granite City, Illinois, starring William Hurt and Shirley MacLaine. The movie will relive a true story about steelworkers, basketball, survival, brotherhood and against all odds - winning in mid-America. The Eastern European immigrants were looked down upon as those who lived on the “other side of the tracks” in west Granite - Lincoln Place. But the relationship between the all workers and ethnicities in the mills improved as they developed ties and their bond with the United Steelworkers Union in 1942 and their victorious 1940 Illinois State Basketball Championship.
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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.
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(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.Read more >>>
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
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.
ABC News/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
United States Steel Corp. announced Monday it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site by the NHL's Penguins.
U.S. Steel Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi said the new headquarters will open by September 2017, by which time the company's 50-year lease will expire at the 64-story U.S. Steel Tower downtown, the city's tallest building.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
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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