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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 



 

 

"Congressional gridlock will not go away until we hold individual incumbents responsible for that eight percent approval rating. We deserve better." - The Southern Illinoisan

Depending on the national poll you choose to believe, Congressional approval ratings range from eight to 14 percent. And, according to a recent Rasmussen Report, only 29 percent of voters think that their representative deserves reelection. It’s safe to assume Southern Illinoisans are no less frustrated.
Despite all this, it will be easy -- comfortable really -- for those of us living in the 15th Congressional District to walk into our polling place on November 4th and vote for incumbent John Shimkus. We know his name and his background and many of us will have the chance to vote Shimkus for the 10th time.

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Shimkus Challenger is Staunch Supporter of Unions & Workers

The Illinois 15th Congressional District covers a vast area where many employees of USS/GCW reside. Incumbent Congressman Shimkus is being challenged by Eric Thorsland, Democrat for Congress, Illinois 15th. Meet Thorsland Thursday,October 23 at the 16th St. plant gate. Eric Thorsland cited getting Citizens United court decision overturned as his first priority. His campaign receives no funding from political action committees or the state or national Democratic Party, he said. Instead they work with county parties and labor unions. You may recall, Shimkus did not bother to appear at our Save Our Steel Jobs rally in May. Plus, he was a no show in 2009 when 5,000 steelworkers and community friends marched for jobs when U.S.Steel Granite City Works was idled. A large contingent of employees at GCW are his constituents! Perhaps it is time for Shimkus to fulfill his term limit pledge......12 years after his 3-term vow.

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The special gate collection on October 14 for the USW explosion victims at USS Fairfield Works raised an impressive total.  $2,864 was collected at plant gates and additional subsequent member donations raised the total to $3,064.  

Thank you to everyone for their generousity and also to those members who worked the gates!

Local 1899’s Family Picnic will be Saturday, October 25th. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Tri-Township Park in Troy, Illinois, Il. Rt. 162.

Live music will be provided by “Hot Wire” with our very own Davey Lange from the Hot Strip Dept. There will be plenty of Bar-B-Q, and cold refreshments as well as bingo and prizes.

Active and retired members are invited – so bring your family and enjoy the day!

Please bring a side dish. See you there October 25th!


Wall St. Journal
By John W. Miller and Josh Beckeman
Sept. 16, 2014

U.S. Steel Corp. said Tuesday its Canadian unit would apply for bankruptcy protection, as the 113-year-old steelmaker seeks to stop the bleeding after five straight years of losses.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka attended USW Local 50’s annual picnic on September 13 in Granite City, Illinois. Mr. Trumka attended to reinforce his solidarity with local labor and Illinois 12th District Congressman, Bill Enyart. Both leaders relayed powerful messages concerning the upcoming election in November to members of USW Locals 1899, 50 and 68 as well as UMWA and SOAR. Read more >>>

During the USW District 7 Sub-2 Officers Council Meeting in Granite City, Ill. on August 29, 2014 Illinois Congressional Rep. Bill Enyart - Democrat - Belleville, addressed USW members with his concerns for and the importance of our nation's November 4, 2014 mid-term elections while addressing his support for organized labor and middle-class empowerment.

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(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.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an affirmative final vote today to impose duties against six countries, including South Korea, that were dumping oil country tubular goods (OCTG) into the U.S. market.  Read more >>>

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.

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For viewing related videos, daily newsletters, resolutions and Flickr photos from each day of the recently concluded USW International Convention, go to:
www.usw.org/convention
 

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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
July 16, 2014
By Lingling Wei and Bob Davis

China's leadership is battling with its enormous overcapacity in the steel industry--acutely aware it's putting the nation's long-term prosperity at risk.
Unneeded factories are sapping corporate profits, wasting money and worsening pollution. But leaders are running into determined opposition—from the thousands of government officials charged with carrying out Beijing's plans. 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.
Thanks Terry Biggs, USW Local 1899 Rapid Response Chairman. 

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

If Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling is a boon to American manufacturing, why is the U.S. Steel plant that supplies pipe to the drillers shutting down in McKeesport?

The steel industry has named its villain: South Korean manufacturers who illegally dump their tubes here. But if American drillers weren't buying them, that wouldn't be a problem.


 

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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 >>>

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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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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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 >>>

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
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

See Resources Link Page for GCW SOAR Website >>>

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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