|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
New York Times Editorial Board
Many Americans have watched their neighbors lose good-paying jobs as their employers sent their livelihoods to China, Korea and Mexico. Over the last 20 years, the United States has lost nearly five million manufacturing jobsRead more >>>
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 >>>
USW Rapid Response Spring 2014 Newsletter; Invest in America Campaign card drawing trip to Vegas winners
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!
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.
USW President Leo W. Gerard's Testimony before the House Steel Caucus Hearing on the State of the Steel Industry
March 27, 2014
Wall Street Journal
U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi and USW President Leo Gerard testify on Captiol Hill that Korea steel imports are illegal
March 25, 2014 Trib LIVE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read the latest issue of USW Local 1899 newsletter The Mettle Post.
February 19, 2014 TribLIVE
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
Wall St. Journal By Chuin-Wei Yap
Granite City Steelworkers Organization Active Retirees - SOAR 7-34-2- Sends Gift Boxes to Troops Overseas
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
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:
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.Read more >>>
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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.
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