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 



July 31, 2015 

USW Benefits Committee Responds to Company's Proposal

The USW’s Benefits Committee this week responded to the company’s benefits proposal and presented the union’s counter proposal. The USW negotiating team explained that the union would be flexible and willing to solve problems, but that the USW was not interested in large employee health care premiums or the dramatic deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums laid out in the company’s proposed Consumer Driven Health Care Plan (CDHP).

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 July 28, 2015

Health Costs Would Surge Under U. S. Steel Plan!

U.S. Steel has proposed sweeping cuts in insurance benefits for both active and retired USW members, which are too numerous to list. Here is a summary of the company’s most onerous proposals on health benefits.

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July 27, 2015

What we are fighting for . . .

  • Capital investment expenditures that keep our plants well-positioned to meet the challenges of global competition.
  • Proper enforcement of trade agreements that enable us to retain our family-supporting wages, health care and retirement security.

Our Union Solidarity Gives us a Strong Voice

Since Steelworkers won their first contracts in the 1930s and 40s, our union has built on their success to turn jobs that once were looked upon with scorn into solid, family-supporting careers that provide dignity and form the backbone of our communities.

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July 24, 2015

Committee Receives Outline of Initial Proposal; Company Wants to Turn Back the Clock!

Your USW negotiating committee has received an outline of U.S. Steel’s initial contract proposal, which includes dozens of concessionary demands that would turn back the clock on decades of contractual improvements and benefits for workers and their families.

While we have yet to receive a formal, detailed proposal from the company, it’s clear from this initial outline that U.S. Steel is attempting to use the current industry downturn to gut our contract and weaken our union. 

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July 20, 2015

Information on how an agreement gets reached and how your involvement can help win a fair contract.

Q: What is collective bargaining?

A: Collective bargaining is the legal process for reaching an agreement between a labor union and an employer over the terms and conditions of employment, such as wages, hours of work, paid time off, benefits, employment security and protections against unfair treatment or discharge. Collective bargaining usually results in a written agreement or contract which outlines the terms and conditions of employment, continues for a specified term and is subject to renegotiation.

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July 17, 2015

Committee Awaits Company Proposal

USW leaders from U.S. Steel facilities around the United States continued to meet every day this week with representatives of the company in Pittsburgh.

The 100 members of the bargaining committee are still hard at work trying to finalize language  on specific issues concerning each of our 14 individual locals, while also meeting in several subcommittees. 

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 July 10, 2015

Some Progress In First Week of Bargaining

USW leaders reported some progress in bargaining with U.S. Steel this week on local issues specific to each site. As the week came to a close, bargaining committee members were working hard to wrap up local discussions and preparing to turn their attention next week to proposals addressing toptable issues including wages, benefits, safety, health care and pensions.

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July 7, 2015

Bargaining Gets Under Way In Pittsburgh

USW leaders from U.S. Steel facilities across the United States returned to Pittsburgh on Monday, July 6, to begin the process of bargaining a new master agreement with the company.

For the past several weeks, members of the bargaining committee have been in their home locals, negotiating over issues specific to each site. The committee members will spend the next several days in Pittsburgh resolving as many of those issues as possible before turning their attention to the “top table” issues, including wages, benefits, safety, health care and pensions.

The group will examine each of those issues closely and divide them among a handful of sub-committees for further discussion. The ultimate goal is to reach a new master agreement with U.S. Steel to replace the current three-year contract that expires on Sept. 1.

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June 23, 2015

Contract Kick Off Meeting Held

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.

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July 29, 2015

If you can get beyond the seemingly endless Carnegie Way Transformation discussion, members might find today’s U.S. Steel Corp. 2Q 2015 Earnings Release (net loss of $261 million) worth the lengthy read. But as a service to USW members, the following comments have been culled from the 2Q earnings transcript and could spare you of all the bland questions from steel industry investment analysts concerning the Carnegie Way.
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 July 28, 2015

The USW members who work at U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works in southwest Illinois have seen more than their share of tough times.They’ve seen their industry in crisis several times over the past four decades, seen the products they make threatened by unfairly traded imports from China, South Korea and elsewhere, and seen their mill idled for months at a time as a result. Still, the members of one of the oldest locals in the USW have managed not just to survive but to thrive.

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 July 22, 2015

This week, Cars.com released its annual American-Made Index, which rates – you guessed it – just how Made in America many popular car models are. But the lines continue to grow murkier as domestic content shrinks in all models. While foreign manufacturers' increase in American sourcing and production is laudible the study's author writes, it's not everything:

 The true impact of these activities on the U.S. economy is reduced by the repatriation of profits back to the automaker’s home country, and by limitations in the amount of R&D activities performed in the U.S.

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Based on the questions the Union has been receiving it appears that clarification is needed on the new procedure for signing bids. We want to assure Local 1899 members that the down turn in the market and layoffs have no effect on the bidding process. Read more >>>

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 >>>

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.
Please sign the petition at the end of this article.

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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 Manipulation

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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
Follow all global trade issues from our 1899 Advocacy page:
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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 >>>

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.

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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