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Illinois Steelworker

East Saint Louis, IL

#1 Apr 21, 2009
I heard from some people at Great lakes steel mill that Granite is supposed to be up and runing by 6/23/09
Shocky

Granite City, IL

#2 Apr 22, 2009
Don't go buy that new car just yet. I've been told by a source that should be in-the-know that the business plan called for that but lack of orders has pushed us back to October, when the co-gen plant starts up. I personally think that's a sure thing since we will become such a low cost producer once we make our own electricity. Even then we may only run 1 BF and one caster.
Just be glad you don't work at Great Lakes. If that plant is as screwed up as people who have been there claim, they may never start back up.
Illinois Steelworker

East Saint Louis, IL

#3 Apr 22, 2009
Shocky wrote:
Don't go buy that new car just yet. I've been told by a source that should be in-the-know that the business plan called for that but lack of orders has pushed us back to October, when the co-gen plant starts up. I personally think that's a sure thing since we will become such a low cost producer once we make our own electricity. Even then we may only run 1 BF and one caster.
Just be glad you don't work at Great Lakes. If that plant is as screwed up as people who have been there claim, they may never start back up.
Since the furnace just went down @ gary works we might make it back in june

Since: Apr 09

brownstown

#4 Apr 23, 2009
Shocky wrote:
Don't go buy that new car just yet. I've been told by a source that should be in-the-know that the business plan called for that but lack of orders has pushed us back to October, when the co-gen plant starts up. I personally think that's a sure thing since we will become such a low cost producer once we make our own electricity. Even then we may only run 1 BF and one caster.
Just be glad you don't work at Great Lakes. If that plant is as screwed up as people who have been there claim, they may never start back up.
How screwed up are we suppost to be?? Because there are alot of families counting on this plant going back up...
anita

Lakeland, MI

#5 Apr 24, 2009
Mind telling us how GLW is screwed UP ?

Since: Feb 09

Lincoln Park, MI

#6 Apr 24, 2009
Shocky! Shocky! Shocky! What a GOOD union guy you are!!!!!! I'm glad in this dog eat dog world there are still alot of people that stick together! There on the GLW forum!!! Have a nice life! Try not to post again!
Shocky

Granite City, IL

#7 Apr 25, 2009
Geez JJ,
Did I hit a nerve? What I said was I heard this from people who have been there. Never did I say I wanted anything bad to happen to GL. So knock off the silly bad union guy stuff. It's about like a child throwing a tantrum because he doesn't like being told "no".
For Anita and Amanda,
Over the years multiple people I have worked with were sent to GL and told to "try to straighten them out". They all came back, shaking their heads about how over-manned GL was compared to us, and how they couldn't get anyone to do anything. Once again, this is what I was told. From all of them.
Now all of you take a deep breath and read the next few lines slowly.
I do not want your plant to close.
I do not want you to lose your house.
I hope everything works out.
Now, log off.
Shut down.
Go outside and walk your dog.
Read a book.
Bake cookies from scratch.
Play with your kids.
Have a picnic.
Go to the park.
Do something to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy your family. Not everything is expensive. But stop posting on this site. Most posts consist of "I haven't heard anything, but my sister-in-laws dog groomer heard we would start up in ______(insert one:June, July, August, September, October, November, December, 2010, 2011). It's not healthy. Stop obsessing about what you can't change.
Shocky
Gopher

Springfield, MO

#8 Apr 25, 2009
Shocky wrote:
Geez JJ,
Did I hit a nerve? What I said was I heard this from people who have been there. Never did I say I wanted anything bad to happen to GL. So knock off the silly bad union guy stuff. It's about like a child throwing a tantrum because he doesn't like being told "no".
For Anita and Amanda,
Over the years multiple people I have worked with were sent to GL and told to "try to straighten them out". They all came back, shaking their heads about how over-manned GL was compared to us, and how they couldn't get anyone to do anything. Once again, this is what I was told. From all of them.
Now all of you take a deep breath and read the next few lines slowly.
I do not want your plant to close.
I do not want you to lose your house.
I hope everything works out.
Now, log off.
Shut down.
Go outside and walk your dog.
Read a book.
Bake cookies from scratch.
Play with your kids.
Have a picnic.
Go to the park.
Do something to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy your family. Not everything is expensive. But stop posting on this site. Most posts consist of "I haven't heard anything, but my sister-in-laws dog groomer heard we would start up in ______(insert one:June, July, August, September, October, November, December, 2010, 2011). It's not healthy. Stop obsessing about what you can't change.
Shocky
Well you didn't explain it that way the first time. You sounded like a real smart ass - maybe it should be you who does not post on this site anymore. We really dont want to hear your comments anyway.

Since: Feb 09

Lincoln Park, MI

#9 Apr 25, 2009
Most gossip consists of so and so said the workers at ---- don't do as good of work as we do!!!! Who sounds like a little kid {I'm going back to work before you Ha HA Ha!!!] We're all from steel working families some probably do work harder than others! But lets not generalize! I won't post here again [not worth my time] JJ
Taylor

Granite City, IL

#10 Apr 27, 2009
Until there is one huge report, out open in the public, no-one knows when the Granite City plant will get running. Like Shocky said, everything we are ALL hearing right now consists of he said, she said rumors and etc. Don't listen to what you hear unless the person you are speaking to is a head boss and is confident and has firm, proof that GC or any other plant is re-opening. Don't start hating eachother over a website either, it's childish. We need to all work together at this time, not fued over what we are all hearing.
Trenton Steelworker

Riverview, MI

#11 Apr 27, 2009
Well, I read all the post so far. A few comments:

1. I deal with vendors that go to the different USS plants, and they all said that the old National Steel plants are better than Gary. That includes both you and us. In the six years that the X has owned us, I've never seen anyone from GCW in GLW. Lots of folks from Gary. And I had a plantwide job. I've even been to GCW a couple of times for auditor training. Is the bar just outside the plant still called "Straight Home"?

2. Up until Stelco built Lake Erie Works, GLW was the highest yield steel mill in North America. That is published information by the AISI.

3. You're going to start first. It's really got nothing to do with your co-gen plant. You can make the tube steel, and the sheet steel. We can only make sheet. There will be a demand for more tube before there will be a demand for more sheet.

4. I think the reason we are both down is because of the pension plan we are on, not because our mills are any less efficent. Gary and Mon Valley are the Carnegie Plan, which the X would have to pay into even if GW and MV were down. We are the SPT. When we don't run, the X don't pay.

Solidarity
anita

Lakeland, MI

#12 Apr 27, 2009
Shocky wrote:
Geez JJ,
Did I hit a nerve? What I said was I heard this from people who have been there. Never did I say I wanted anything bad to happen to GL. So knock off the silly bad union guy stuff. It's about like a child throwing a tantrum because he doesn't like being told "no".
For Anita and Amanda,
Over the years multiple people I have worked with were sent to GL and told to "try to straighten them out". They all came back, shaking their heads about how over-manned GL was compared to us, and how they couldn't get anyone to do anything. Once again, this is what I was told. From all of them.
Now all of you take a deep breath and read the next few lines slowly.
I do not want your plant to close.
I do not want you to lose your house.
I hope everything works out.
Now, log off.
Shut down.
Go outside and walk your dog.
Read a book.
Bake cookies from scratch.
Play with your kids.
Have a picnic.
Go to the park.
Do something to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy your family. Not everything is expensive. But stop posting on this site. Most posts consist of "I haven't heard anything, but my sister-in-laws dog groomer heard we would start up in ______(insert one:June, July, August, September, October, November, December, 2010, 2011). It's not healthy. Stop obsessing about what you can't change.
Shocky
Well I do agree with you on the fact that RUMORS are not healty and really there is nothing we can do about right now..but my husband has been working at GLW for 43yrs and right now he is still there..I dont know if the RUMOR you heard about that they cant get any people to do any work is true or not just like the RUMORS we hear that plant will reopne on such and such a date..see no matter what we say we all hear the RUMORS and we tend to POST them...I do feel if we HEAR any NEWS that is definate NEWS then it should be posted I feel my husband would know something if something should come up since HE is in the PLANT...
I do walk my dogs, I do have a life, and yet I am still concerned about the PEOPLE who work not only in the MILLS, but for ALL who are laid off right now, and who are in a deep state of affairs.
anita

Lakeland, MI

#13 Apr 27, 2009
One more thing I forgot to add I wasnt being sarcastic to you Shocky when I asked you how was GLW so screwed up it was just a question so you really didnt need to stress the importace of me getting a life so to say..I do have a life that I enjoy..as far I knew anyone can post on this or any other site they want to ..dont get miffed there not being sarcastic just stating a fact like you stated about GLW and its workers..
I hope the economy comes back for all concerned everywhere not just in Michigan
Shocky

Granite City, IL

#14 Apr 28, 2009
Sorry, Trenton Steelworker but USS, which HATES to see anyone have a good time, bought Straight Home and tore it down. Figures, huh?
As for never seeing someone from GC there, I don't know what to tell you. But I absolutely stand behind what I said. I talked to engineers and melters, both before they left and after they got back. I know they went and why they said they were being sent there. Now that I think about it, it probably was under National, but it could have been shortly after USS took over.
As for the co-gen plant having no effect... You might be right. However, they have a 25 year contract to buy the coke that SunCoke produces. After our BF's shut down our coke ovens kept running. We have mountains of coke. The workers were told the reason they finally shut down our ovens was because they had no where more to go with it. The co-gen will start up when it's done in Oct. The story (rumor) here is that SunCoke already told USS that as per their contract, when they start up they are going to conveyor the coke to USS, and what they did with it was up to them. If this is true, we will almost be forced to start just to consume the coke.
Now for those of you who lost your minds over my very first post... I wasn't talking to you! I was talking to a fellow GC employee. On the GC thread. All I was trying to do was give him hope. I didn't go over to your thread and pick a fight. I wouldn't do that because there is no reason to. I tried to extend an "olive branch" once and got called a "smart ass" for my trouble. Go figure.
But I will say again, many people need to stop obsessing. It really isn't healthy the way some people post multiple times a day. You're not helping yourself. What will happen, will happen. When something worth knowing comes along our union leaders or the news will let us know. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Remember:
Fear feeds fear.
Apprehension feeds apprehension.
Hey, that sounded kinda Zen didn't it.
Good Luck to us all.
Shocky
Shocky

Granite City, IL

#15 May 6, 2009
Looks like Fairfield will also be idled. see article below at the following link.
http://www.nbc13.com/vtm/news/local/article/u...

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nbc13.com staff
Published: May 6, 2009

U S Steel is temporarily shutting down its Fairfield Works steelmaking facility. Hundreds of workers, it appears, will be out of work.

In an e-mail to NBC13HD News, a spokesperson for U WS Steel stated:

We continue to review and analyze North American market conditions and the impact they are having on customer orders.
We are continuing to adjust production across our North American operations to stay in line with customer demand and to adjust our workforce, as appropriate, to match our production levels.
Current market conditions have led us to rebalance our production to meet current customer demands in the most cost-effective and efficient ways possible. Those conditions include a severe downturn in the oil country tubular goods market primarily as a result of reduced drilling activity due to lower oil and gas prices, high inventory levels and unprecedented levels of unfairly traded and subsidized tubular imports from China.
We plan to temporarily idle all of Fairfield WorksÂ’ steelmaking operations (blast furnace, steel shops, and slab and rounds casters). FairfieldÂ’s finishing operations and Fairfield Tubular Operations will continue to operate at reduced levels utilizing existing inventory and material from other U. S. Steel facilities.
We have notified the unions representing the workers at these facilities of the temporary idling.
We will file Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notices as required by law.
Layoffs will affect both represented and non-represented employees, but the total number has yet to be determined.
We believe the difficult decision to temporarily idle Fairfield Works is necessary to control our costs and maintain our competitiveness in this difficult environment until customer demand strengthens.
We cannot speculate on future business decisions we may make or when market conditions will improve enough to necessitate restarting any of our idled operations
GCW Vendor

United States

#16 May 19, 2009
I hear Co-Gen will open ahead of schedule. Anyone know anything.
GCW Gater

Valmeyer, IL

#17 May 19, 2009
Haven't heard anything about Co-Gen or anything else. No mail from the Union or friends that usually are "in the know". Been watching the posts from GLW,,, doesn't seem to be much info there either.
oven

Asheville, NC

#18 Jun 2, 2009
what do they need to do to get the coke ovens running again?
I thought they could never turn those things off.

Since: May 09

Valmeyer, IL

#19 Jun 2, 2009
I don't know much about that side but I think the coke ovens and blast furnaces are seperate and a blast furnace is what never gets shut down except for a reline.
Illinois steel worker

Granite City, IL

#20 Jun 2, 2009
Has anyone heard anything about US steel osing toyata account due to the fact Gary made bad steel and shipped it out??

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