Local Union 1899 Granite City, IL

Health and Safety

Ryan Crisler, Safety Coordinator

Under your contract you have a right to a safe workplace and to refuse unsafe work.  Article 3 - Section C provides you these negotiated rights.


Work-Related Deaths Kill 150 Americans Per Day: Study
More than 100 people in the United States die every day as a result of their work, according to a new report from the AFL-CIO. Read more >>>

March 1, 2013
Ron Motil Attorney at Law

From time to time it is my goal to share with the steelworker union members recently­ decided cases in the State of Illinois which may have benefit to them when injured on the job. A case which has just been decided pertains to burned workers and the remaining scar formations.

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Republican Representative Dwight Kay Attempts to Weaken Workers' Comp

Illinois Representative Dwight Kay (R-112th District) covering a midsection of Madison County, but also has a section in St. Clair County, who was recently re-elected after defeating Marleen Suarez (D) by less than four hundred votes, has become the leader in the Illinois House for the Republican’s endless campaign to de-form the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Program.

Representative Kay has introduced 5 Bills in his efforts to weaken our Workers Comp. Rights.

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January 2,  2013

As I've discussed with Dan Simmons from time to time, certain issues arise in workers' compensation matters which might have a bad effect on the rights of steelworkers when they become injured during the performance of their work duties. I wanted to provide the following summary of a case which had been handled by a Chicago area law firm and has recently been published in the Illinois Workers' Compensation Law Bulletin.

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June 9, 2012

“Reporting a work-related injury or illness is a core employee right, and retaliating against a worker for reporting an injury or illness is illegal discrimination.”

New OSHA Policy Memorandum on Employer Practices that can Discourage Injury and Illness Reporting

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At the link is Mike Wright's closing speech at the 2012 Safety and Health Conference clearly defining the USW’s philosophy in our efforts to provide a safe and healthy workplace.

As Mike said the Steelworkers knows how to fight and we know how to work as a partner. We always prefer the latter but we will never hesitate to fight when we have to.
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In a March 12 memo to OSHA’s regional administrators and whistleblower program managers, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Fairfax provided guidance on employer safety incentive and disincentive policies and practices. He issued a reminder that reporting a work-related injury or illness is a right and that employer retaliation against a worker for exercising that right is illegal under section 11(c) and puts the entire workplace at risk.
OSHA’s press release at the link: http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/whistleblowermemo.html
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You have the right to refuse unsafe work.
Article 3 of the BLA
You have the right to file a grievance for discrimination if you are disciplined solely for reporting an injury.
Article 3.K.3. of the BLA.
Rights guaranteed by the Department of Labor “OSHA”

OSHA 11(c)Rights: Protection for Using Rights

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You have rights when you are injured on the job Read more >>>

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