Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada
lake erie steeler

Toronto, Canada

#62 Oct 14, 2009
Wolseley wrote:
Any one know if they still have to put aside our Severance pay with this lock out(shut down)...Thanks and cheers
The way I understood it, from the meetings was that the 35 weeks stops during the lockout.When the contract is signed then the clock starts ticking again.
lake erie steeler

Toronto, Canada

#63 Oct 14, 2009
LEW 8782 wrote:
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I was wondering that myself. I thought we didn't get it unless the plant was permanently closed.
We don't get the money, it is held in a trust, then you decide,give up your recall rights and take the money,or not and wait.It's a tool the government uses so a company can't just take off and leave everyone hanging. The amount you get is minimal compared to what our pension would pay.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#64 Oct 14, 2009
Wolseley wrote:
Thanks mayday for the information...These guys keep trying to pull a rabbit out of their hat and have this court case thrown out.I hope this government will see this and keep pushing them.
Cheers and Stay strong
no problem...however I dont like the news that once again a Canadian asset [Wabush iron ore mine]has been sold by USless steel and Dofasco to suprise....AN AMERICAN company..what the f##k is happening to this country??????so now we cant make our own steel or use our own iron ore???and Canada wants to claim that we own the arctic for the resources..what a joke we are just gonna sell it like a jonesin crackhead to the first foriegn country for a paltry sum anyway
Wolseley

Hamilton, Canada

#65 Oct 16, 2009
U.S. Steel challenge to Investment Canada Act a delay tactic...read article----> http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headl...

In this article it says...."The game plan by U.S. Steel is very specifically clear cut, and that is to delay the proceedings as much as possible until the economy turns around, whether it's in 2010 or 2011, and potentially reopen some of the facilities to save face," said Lakeside Steel co-CEO Vic Alboini.

Ok let me ask this...In March 2010 the Blast furnace will have been down for one year...how long can these be down before they are NFG..and 7 and 8 vessel....2011? Cheers and Stay Strong

Since: Oct 09

Hamilton

#66 Oct 16, 2009
Does anyone know and anyone on the inside that knows what the hell is going on behind the gates? Are the coke ovens on hot idle or are they shut down? Is there even hope of the plant opening again? Someone must know something about our future.
Lakeport

Hamilton, Canada

#67 Oct 22, 2009
The place is being winterized.There are no plans to make steel there this winter.There are only 2 ways it will open again,economy picks up or we take that contract.USS has even suggested closing it permanently.Lets hope not

Since: Oct 09

Hamilton

#68 Oct 22, 2009
Lakeport wrote:
The place is being winterized.There are no plans to make steel there this winter.There are only 2 ways it will open again,economy picks up or we take that contract.USS has even suggested closing it permanently.Lets hope not
Why the hell would they close it permanently when it is the most modern plant they own? If they are thinking of doing that, they should sell it to Lakeside instead. USS are a bunch of retard, a**holes. I hope Surma and goons die.

Since: Oct 09

Hamilton

#69 Oct 22, 2009
And what is with the spokes person for USS Erin Dipietro? Her job is pretty much redundant since USS keeps everything a secret. She says the exact same thing everytime she talks to the media. They could save some money by canning her and just playing a tape recording of her report on the daily operations of the plants since it never changes.
Lakeport

Hamilton, Canada

#70 Oct 22, 2009
We are one of the most cost effective plants,but we also one of the cheapest to shut down.Read the Union VP message.
http://www.uswa8782.com/files/newsletterv1i05...

Richard Slaphape

Canada

#71 Oct 28, 2009
U.S. Steel X gets a Sell rating from me. After reporting a 300 million dollar loss for Q3 on oct 27 and watching its stock tumble from $50 usd /share to $38, blaming this loss to the fact they are incurring an absorbent cost to maintain their idling plants. Why arenít shareholders questioning these tactics? Are they that ignorant? Do the shareholders know that U S Steel presently has their most profitable, highest quality, steelmaking facility lockout of work? YES!!! LAKE ERIE WORKS. This operation can immediately be profitable with its world-class RHOB and rolling facilities. U S Steel has taken a hard-line approach taking advantage of slow economic growth by demanding many concessions and changes to contract language that would send the steelworkers unions back 20 years. By taking this approach U S Steel shareholders are losing out on profits and enhanced share price. Shareholders should be outraged and e-mail U.S. Steel investorrelations@uss.com and voicing their displeasure. For these reasons and many more I am DOWNGRADING U. S. Steel from neutral to SELL.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#72 Nov 6, 2009
it would be nice to hear about the progress of the court case..it seems like its been forever since we've heard anything..wonder how quick it would be resolved if the spineless politicians and us steal management were not paid until this was settled?
Dikstelrod

Canada

#73 Nov 6, 2009
the court case is a joke mayday lakeside has no intention to purchase LEW it was an oppurtunity for some cheap exposure...and it worked their share price doubled in a few days and they have a chance to scan U.S.S. books if the court permits it. 8782 loves the lakeside proposal because it gives them a chance to pacify their members with the dream of being taken over and disguises how impotent they are against the mighty U.S.Steel
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#74 Nov 6, 2009
Dikstelrod wrote:
the court case is a joke mayday lakeside has no intention to purchase LEW it was an oppurtunity for some cheap exposure...and it worked their share price doubled in a few days and they have a chance to scan U.S.S. books if the court permits it. 8782 loves the lakeside proposal because it gives them a chance to pacify their members with the dream of being taken over and disguises how impotent they are against the mighty U.S.Steel
I can only say I hope your wrong..Im not ready to give up on a job that I was proud to earn..its incredible how employers have taken advantage of the economic situation by offering lower wages...Canada where are you now don't you care about your sons and daughters?lol
boromike

London, Canada

#75 Nov 6, 2009
I do not know of any other LEW workers intentions but I have made the decision to look for work elsewhere and walk away from the place that was my second home for 28 years.
The arrogance of the US Steal management is beyond belief, my wife took one look at the contract offer in August and told me she would rather lose the house that have me grovel in the dirt that Surma's goons offered.
I hope to move onto other pastures and wish all other victims of the "twats" in Pittsburgh best wishes and a return to better times as the economy recovers.
Dikstelrod

Canada

#76 Nov 6, 2009
I plan to also look for employment but not until my EI is exhausted. might as well live off the gov't tit since they are the ones that put us in this position. i want to milk those pricks for every last dime i can get then hopefully get a new job.
boromike

London, Canada

#77 Nov 6, 2009
Dikstelrod, don't rely on EI or the Government. I looked into funding to retrain and found out it was available for next September, 6 months after my EI runs out. I've been a tradesman for 35 years,as soon as you mention US Steal all you get is "Oh, you will be going back, we want someone permanent"
Dikstelrod

Canada

#78 Nov 6, 2009
Boromike I don't intend to do any re training through EI I just want to get EI benefits until they run out but i do kmow what you mean that as soon as you mention you worked @ U.S.Steel there is no interest to hire you because it is assumed by many that you will return to work eventually, but i am not sure thats a given. U.S. Steel has already lost toyota and honda orders so their is no need for us, they were our orders.
US Steel Sucks

Kingston, Canada

#79 Nov 6, 2009
I to work at LEW and I don't think we will be offered anything until we all sit for a while with no EI. Uselss steel will force a vote and try and shove a contract through. Is it true our union was offered a 1 year extension in February and they turned it down?

Since: Oct 09

Hamilton

#80 Nov 6, 2009
US Steel Sucks wrote:
I to work at LEW and I don't think we will be offered anything until we all sit for a while with no EI. Uselss steel will force a vote and try and shove a contract through. Is it true our union was offered a 1 year extension in February and they turned it down?
Thats all they are trying to do to is to wait it out until we are all broke and out of EI so we will take anything they throw at us. By the sounds of the union newsletter they aren't even communicating with the local at all. They probably won't bother until after march 2010 when the majority of us run out of EI. But we must remain strong and show them we aren't pushovers.

F**k US Steel.
Lakeport

Hamilton, Canada

#81 Nov 7, 2009
mayday wrote:
it would be nice to hear about the progress of the court case..it seems like its been forever since we've heard anything..wonder how quick it would be resolved if the spineless politicians and us steal management were not paid until this was settled?
From the Spectator...Though the company refers to Stelco's Nanticoke plant as "the most modern integrated steel plant in North America," it says the cost of producing steel there is $80 per ton higher than in its American operations.

http://www.thespec.com/News/Business/article/...

Also isnt the Government going to extend EI for 5 to 20 weeks

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