Bethlehem Steel Action Group heads fo...

Bethlehem Steel Action Group heads for Cleveland

There are 53 comments on the WIVB Buffalo story from Jun 25, 2008, titled Bethlehem Steel Action Group heads for Cleveland. In it, WIVB Buffalo reports that:

The fight to help former Bethlehem Steel workers heads to Ohio Wednesday. Members of the Bethlehem Steel Action Group left Wednesday morning for Cleveland to stage a rally at the Department of Labor.

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“Communism. It's everywhere!”

Since: May 08

Lockport, NY

#1 Jun 25, 2008
Wait a minute! Isn't Bethlehem Steel bankrupt? Why is the government and the taxpayer always underwriting everything? Bethlehem Steel went bankrupt. As a result, the pensions were bought up by the Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation. I don't have a pension? Why am I the last resort for these people? The United Steelworkers of America was giving union money hand over fist to Democrat politicians running for office. The unions didn't spend dime one on auditors to be certain their pension plans were secure. OK, the taxpayers are on the hook for portions of the Bethlehem pensions. Where does this end? What do they mean they were treated unfair? Getting 50 cents on the dollar for their pension sounds darn fair to me considering I have no pension and I'm underwriting it. Now it's up to the taxpayer to spring for medical benefits and compensation? Aren't these people covered with medical insurance? Give me a one good reason that the taxpayer should compensate anybody for any action of a private employer. Please give me a reason. Anybody.
Local 17 Thug

Scottsburg, IN

#2 Jun 25, 2008
All good union members love taxpayers financed baleouts
funnyguy

Lewiston, ME

#3 Jun 25, 2008
GOOD UNION MEMBERS ??? LMAO HA HYA HA HA HA HA HA OHHH OHHHH HA HA HA HA give me another joke LOL
Dave from Houston

Houston, TX

#4 Jun 25, 2008
Local 17 Thug wrote:
All good union members love taxpayers financed baleouts
"Treated unfair" I assume goes way beyond any pension issues. I worked there from 1973 thru 1979 and would like to know what cancers are involved. If workers were exposed to environmental hazards (known or unknown) workers have a right to call Celino and Barnes today for compensation litigation. Just a foot note, Bedlem Steel went belly up because of the USW. When I started in the Blast Furnace as a young kid right out of Vietnam, I was told to slow down by my union idiots, after "working too hard and fast." This kind of mentality, combined with not investing in WWII capital equipment, is what led to the plant's demise.

“Communism. It's everywhere!”

Since: May 08

Lockport, NY

#5 Jun 26, 2008
Dave from Houston wrote:
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"Treated unfair" I assume goes way beyond any pension issues. I worked there from 1973 thru 1979 and would like to know what cancers are involved. If workers were exposed to environmental hazards (known or unknown) workers have a right to call Celino and Barnes today for compensation litigation. Just a foot note, Bedlem Steel went belly up because of the USW. When I started in the Blast Furnace as a young kid right out of Vietnam, I was told to slow down by my union idiots, after "working too hard and fast." This kind of mentality, combined with not investing in WWII capital equipment, is what led to the plant's demise.
Yes I agree....workers do have the right to call a lawyer for litigation and compensation, but the defendant has to be Bethlehem Steel. The fact that Bethlehem Steel no longer exists should not obligate the taxpayers (through Department of Labor funds) to compensate the people exposed.

“Communism. It's everywhere!”

Since: May 08

Lockport, NY

#6 Jun 26, 2008
funnyguy wrote:
GOOD UNION MEMBERS ??? LMAO HA HYA HA HA HA HA HA OHHH OHHHH HA HA HA HA give me another joke LOL
Good seeing you again!
Linda

Lockport, NY

#7 Sep 23, 2008
Local 17 Thug wrote:
All good union members love taxpayers financed baleouts
While this is my exact sentiment in most cases - this particular story had nothing to do with the American taxpayers paying off private industry misdeeds -- this rally was in response to the DOL refusing claims which stemmed from the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA)of 2000.

It appears that the United States Department of Energy secretly contracted with private industry during WWII and the early years of the Cold War.
The Bethlehem Steel Action Group is a group of employees and/or their families who were exposed to uranium while working in the rollins mills of Bethlehem Steel from 1942-1952. The workers had no idea what they were really working with and were provided no protective gear, now these same employees are ALL dieing from uranium exposure induced cancer.

The EEOICPA was enacted to compensate each employee with up to $150,000 [the money has already been set aside] When the DOE released the information regarding the secret contracts, the work that had been completed and the health issues now facing these employees, in the late 1990's Congress & Senate enacted laws to compensate the employees who were exposed to uranium, radiation and beryllium.

Unfortunately, the workers from Bethlehem Steel, even though they meet standards set [i.e. worked in the rolling mill during the specific operation and have suffered from cancers directly associated to their exposure] have yet to receive one cent of the compensation
Linda

Lockport, NY

#8 Sep 23, 2008
Dave from Houston wrote:
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"Treated unfair" I assume goes way beyond any pension issues. I worked there from 1973 thru 1979 and would like to know what cancers are involved. If workers were exposed to environmental hazards (known or unknown) workers have a right to call Celino and Barnes today for compensation litigation. Just a foot note, Bedlem Steel went belly up because of the USW. When I started in the Blast Furnace as a young kid right out of Vietnam, I was told to slow down by my union idiots, after "working too hard and fast." This kind of mentality, combined with not investing in WWII capital equipment, is what led to the plant's demise.
Dave, I would be happy to forward you information on not onnly the employees who were directly exposed, but also the depleted uranium info from Bethlehem. I just began working with this group one week ago and I have been researching all of the issues ever since. The more people know about this issue, the more involvement by ex-employees the better.
If you are still out there paying attention - let me know
Ray Zabron

Lancaster, NY

#9 May 8, 2010
Have read mountains of information about the Bethlehem steel action group. I Filed a claim with the help of the late Ed Walker, when he lived in Eden, N.Y.
I have been trying to contact Joyce Walker or anyone to help in her fight with NIOSH. Please help me with any Info about the group meetings or phone number to contact anyone.
Diane

Buffalo, NY

#11 Aug 4, 2010
Bethlehem steel was making uranium billets for the goverment in 1949-1953,(nuclear weapons) These employees were exposed to all this. Bethlehem steel reported only 200 billets when in deed they were making 2000. 1 inch of uranium is enough energy to power a car for a year. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out why the goverment is involved.
Diane

Buffalo, NY

#12 Aug 4, 2010
You should have filed a claim with the steel plant, you needed to work their between 1949-1952 that is when they were working on the uranium. You must also have one of the cancers listed on their website. Aug. 14 is when they will decide Probably will be in the paper the 15th. Call the labor dept. and they will give info on filing a claim
Diane

Buffalo, NY

#13 Aug 4, 2010
If you filed a claim already you dont need to file another one they are resubmitting all claims that were denied. They denied alot of claims using a percentage of your chance of receiving cancer. It wa voted 10-4 not to use this you can thank Schummer and Higgings for a great job backing the steel worker .
Rose

Lake Worth, FL

#14 Aug 18, 2010
Have there been any decisions regarding Bethlehem Steel designation as special exposure cohort? August 13,2010 was printed as being the date for this decision.
EWRZJC

Sacramento, CA

#15 Aug 30, 2010
thenycommie wrote:
Wait a minute! Isn't Bethlehem Steel bankrupt? Why is the government and the taxpayer always underwriting everything? Bethlehem Steel went bankrupt. As a result, the pensions were bought up by the Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation. I don't have a pension? Why am I the last resort for these people? The United Steelworkers of America was giving union money hand over fist to Democrat politicians running for office. The unions didn't spend dime one on auditors to be certain their pension plans were secure. OK, the taxpayers are on the hook for portions of the Bethlehem pensions. Where does this end? What do they mean they were treated unfair? Getting 50 cents on the dollar for their pension sounds darn fair to me considering I have no pension and I'm underwriting it. Now it's up to the taxpayer to spring for medical benefits and compensation? Aren't these people covered with medical insurance? Give me a one good reason that the taxpayer should compensate anybody for any action of a private employer. Please give me a reason. Anybody.
1 good reason; This has nothing to do with pensions. The feds ordered Beth Steel , and many other companies to NOT TELL THE STEEL WORKERS that they were working with uranium, and the employees were not provided protective clothing. The government is the guilty party that caused the death of many employees. Hellooo......?
JIB

Gilboa, NY

#16 Sep 21, 2010
Linda wrote:
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Dave, I would be happy to forward you information on not onnly the employees who were directly exposed, but also the depleted uranium info from Bethlehem. I just began working with this group one week ago and I have been researching all of the issues ever since. The more people know about this issue, the more involvement by ex-employees the better.
If you are still out there paying attention
Yes! You did a Great job explaining to people exactly what this program is about. It should have been over a long time ago. I was hoping that when Obama got it it would be settled. Looks like the Job is getting done. The people that are complaining didnt have to go through what our loved ones did.They themselves were not exposed. Why shouldn"t the Government compensate the Workers and thier families. I hope it never happens to you.Taking care of my father took a toll on my life.The stress was somtimes unbearable. You are always in a Crisses Mood. Why shouldnt the Families be compensated by someone."Thank God "that The Government takes care of thier People.I am thankful to live in the United States and proud to be an American.Don"t complain Be Thank full! You are living in the best Country in the World.JB
JIB

Gilboa, NY

#17 Sep 21, 2010
Diane wrote:
If you filed a claim already you dont need to file another one they are resubmitting all claims that were denied. They denied alot of claims using a percentage of your chance of receiving cancer. It wa voted 10-4 not to use this you can thank Schummer and Higgings for a great job backing the steel worker .
You are right Diane MR. Sc hummer and Hillary Clinton answered my Letters and even a Followed up with Phone calls a couple of times. I can"t say that much for Higgins. I emailed him and he never responded--- I did get a letter from his office. NoT EVEN Responding to my Issue> I was just another Mailing address for Solicitation of Votes. I know who I am voting for. The ones that get the JOB done. JB
JIB

Schaumburg, IL

#18 Sep 23, 2010
Diane wrote:
If you filed a claim already you dont need to file another one they are resubmitting all claims that were denied. They denied alot of claims using a percentage of your chance of receiving cancer. It wa voted 10-4 not to use this you can thank Schummer and Higgings for a great job backing the steel worker .
Diane!!!Do you know if they are conacting "now" only the Families and workers that are in the Class action Lawsuit First. I wonder what order they are screening the recipients On past denials. My friend in Texas is in a class action their nanes are on the list of Class action(Which is where Walker was) She is with her brothers in that list.They already called her and she has received paperwork and sent it back. They responded with a letter and said"this is not an approval and it has to go to review to Wasdhington.Has anyone received any kind of this information Yet! Looks like they are moving on The Class action lists First??? Anyone know?? JB
JIB

Schaumburg, IL

#19 Sep 23, 2010
Rose wrote:
Have there been any decisions regarding Bethlehem Steel designation as special exposure cohort? August 13,2010 was printed as being the date for this decision.
Looks like everything has gone through and has been approved for All thiose denied Employees .You can see the letter On Burtons Briefs (Site)Thats the last I have heard other than My fried who has already been contacted by Cleveland ---But she is in a Class action???I have not heard of any individuals that have been contacted yet!Anyone Know?? JB
JIB

Schaumburg, IL

#20 Sep 23, 2010
Linda wrote:
<quoted text>
Dave, I would be happy to forward you information on not onnly the employees who were directly exposed, but also the depleted uranium info from Bethlehem. I just began working with this group one week ago and I have been researching all of the issues ever since. The more people know about this issue, the more involvement by ex-employees the better.
If you are still out there paying attention - let me know
Linda! Where did you find the list of Employees that were directly exposed at Bethlehem??? JB
Jill Jewett

Lockport, NY

#21 Sep 23, 2010
Linda, would you be able to send me the list of employees exposed and also info you have on Bethlehem. My grandfather died of cancer as a result of working at Bethlehem during this time frame. My Uncle, who is the last surviving child, has filed the claim but it has been rejected due to the death cert. not being completely readable. The Dept. of Labor is now looking for an autopsy report or pathology report which my uncle is having a hard time getting due to records being destroyed. Anyone have any suggestions on how to obtain this info? Thank you!

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