|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
"Right to Work" (RTW) WON'T Work in Illinois!
The Illinois AFL-CIO is sponsoring Union Day 2014 at the Illinois VS Purdue football game in Champaign, Ilinois on Saturday, October 4th. STEELWORKERS' TICKETS ARE FREE! That's right... USW District 7 is purchasing tickets for members to attend the game, and pre-game rally and tailgate.Read more >>>
(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today after the International Trade Commission’s vote on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) dumped into the U.S. market: Read more >>>
It’s because of you that I’m able to share this great news.
United Steelworkers Local 1899 recently had an opportunity to show support for Madison County Circuit Judge Clarence Harrison. Judge Harrison currently serves as the Madison County Family Court Judge, and is running for election. While attending his Southern Style Bar-B-Q fundraiser at the American Legion, Edwardsville, Illinois the Judge’s explicit awareness of middle class deterioration, and his concern for working people became evident. Read more >>>
Union Advises Members Not to Sign Form
[Letter from President Dan Simmons]
Recently the Company distributed to members a number of USS corporate policies and instructed them to acknowledge receipt by signing an enclosed form.
The Union was not provided copies of the documents so as to determine their legal and contractual appropriateness.Read more >>>
The USW Local 1899 2014 Labor Day Solidarity March will take place Monday, September 1, 2014 as part of the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor sponsored Labor Day Parade. Read more >>>
For viewing related videos, daily newsletters, resolutions and Flickr photos from each day of the recently concluded USW International Convention, go to:
The 2014 Convention of the United Steelworkers (USW) greeted International President Leo W. Gerard with a standing ovation, to which he responded by asking the 3,000 delegates and guests to sustain that enthusiasm for the hard but essential work ahead of organizing and political activism.The 2014 Convention of the United Steelworkers (USW) greeted International President Leo W. Gerard with a standing ovation, to which he responded by asking the 3,000 delegates and guests to sustain that enthusiasm for the hard but essential work ahead of organizing and political activism. Read more >>>
USW Convention in Las Vegas: Aug. 11-Aug. 14
(Las Vegas, Aug. 10) – More than 2,500 elected United Steelworkers (USW) local union leaders from across North America will be gathering under the banner, “A Union That Works,” joined by top international officers and executives.Read more >>>
The International Union has informed the Local that the 2014 2nd Quarter Profit Sharing Payment will be 23 cents for each worked/credited hour. Read more >>>
NEW YORK — Oil country tubular goods (OCTG) prices are gathering steam following the recent anti-dumping trade case ruling that saw duties levied against South Korea, the largest overseas supplier of the product to the United States, although sources said many mills are still in a wait-and-see mode on pricing. Read more >>>
The Steelworker Pension Trust Retirement Seminar, sponsored by Local 1899 on Friday, July 25, saw substantial attendance by members of Locals 1899, 68, and 50. The event took place at the Tri-Cities Labor Temple. Read more >>>
Wall St. Journal
Wall St. Journal
U.S. steelmakers said the South Korean products, used in the oil-and-gas industry, are made partly from low-price, subsidized Chinese steel. The U.S. levied duties on China-made tube for the oil and gas industry in 2010.
Even when it's not about China, it's about China.Read more >>>
Wall St. Journal July 11, 2014
July 10, 2014
During what appears to be a period of calm while waiting on the July ruling by the Department of Commerce, hopefully doing what's right: Penalizing cheating, job destroying, dream stealing, state subsidized, currency manipulating South Korean trade "partners', please watch and SHARE on social media the video compiled from all the #SOSjobs Save Our Steel Jobs Rallies.
USW Local 1899 Retirees and Activists Dennis Barker and Dennis Warren Recognized at #SOSjobs Rally in Minnesota Iron Range
Dennis Barker served USW Local 1899 and his predecessor USW Local 67 wearing several alternating union official elected and appointed hats over four decades. His last years as a steelworker at USS/GCW were spent serving as our Union Safety Coordinator and PAC/Rapid Response Chair as well as serving as a Trustee on the 1899 E-Board.
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USW International President Leo W. Gerard's Trade Enforcement Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
USW International President Leo W. Gerard testified June 25, "We’ve had to expend countless resources to bring these trade cases. In the past, that was often done with our employers. Today, more and more, we find that the USW has to go it alone.
It's about jobs! Over 2,000 people attended the Virginia, Minnesota rally on Monday. This was last in a series of #SOSjobs rallies that began in Lorain, Ohio before weaving the message through Granite City, Ill.
Over 2,000 people attended the #SOSjobs Rally in Virginia, Minnesota today, June 23, 2014.
Save Our Steel Jobs (#SOSjobs) rally moved to the US Steel Fairfield Works and Tubular Operations plant in Fairfield, Alabama on June 16. The event was hosted by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), along with partnership from the United Steelworkers and United States Steel Corporation. Read more >>>
Please take a few minutes to fill out brief survey. It is really short but has some important data that helps with this important issue.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the most powerful global entity pushing to expand and control trade, serving the world’s corporate elite and generally leaving the rest of us behind. They are asking for input on trade and how it affects our daily lives through an online survey dubbed a “public forum.” While this is a poor excuse for true public involvement, it’s important for us to take the opportunity to weigh in.
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By Brian O'Neil / Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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U.S. Steel to Idle Two Tubular Facilities in Pennsylvania and Texas: Foreign Dumping Unfairly Traded Tubular Products A Contributing Factor
PITTSBURGH, June 2, 2014
Save Our Steel Jobs action discussed between AAM President Scott Paul and Economic Policy Institute Robert Scott
The U.S. Steel industry is facing a major crisis due to bogus trade deals. We are going to see more jobs lost if we don’t do something about the South Korean trade case. House Speaker John Boehner constantly asks, “Where are the jobs,” as he votes for legislation and trade deals that send American jobs overseas. Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing discusses the Save Our Steel Jobs actions.
Steve Korotko, Specialist, United States Army (93-97), Chad Cramer, Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps (03-07), and Mike Grillo, Corporal, United States Army (90-94) are members of USW Local Union 1219, serve as safety reps and work for United States Steel in Braddock, PA.
By International President Leo Gerard May 20, 2014
Steelworkers and CEOs, Democrats and Republicans are rallying together this month across the country to alert their fellow Americans to a threat to independence.
Now that China has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with hacking and cheating to gain economic advantage with our employer, U.S. Steel's innovation and with our union, the United Steeworkers and their legal strategy when they filed the trade case against China for illegaly dumping OCTG, our pipe and tube money maker in 2009, we have the world's attention. Now is the time to act after our #SOSJobs Rally and get the attention of Congress to stop South Korea from cheating and exploiting our OCTG market. Text to 91990 and message "Steel".
May 16, 2014
(Pittsburgh) -- United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today, May 13, 2014 on the release of a study of the enormous challenges facing the U.S. steel sector from a flood of imports and rising excess global capacity in steel production. The report “Surging Steel Imports Put Up to Half a Million U.S. Jobs at Risk” by the Economic Policy Institute and the Law Offices of Stewart & Stewart provides a comprehensive analysis of the threats facing the steel sector. Read more >>>
Steel workers in Granite City are concerned the government is not doing enough to protect their jobs.
USW Local 1899 Doug May's Letter to the Editor: St. Louis Post Dispatch - Enforce trade laws to save jobs in domestic steel industry
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Domestic steelmakers, including my employer, U.S. Steel Corp. in Granite City, the biggest domestic producer of pipes and tubes sold to oil and gas extracting companies, stand to lose thousands of jobs because of imports being sold more cheaply than the foreign competitor can make them — it’s called dumping. It’s also called cheating.
What is Workers Memorial Day?
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 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.
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 >>>
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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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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