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United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

Lets stop that full pay bullshit before it begins. All active members of Local 8782 will get the exact same strike pay, the negotiating committee included. Is has been that way since my first strike in 1981 and it continues to today. What makes you idiots think Fergie is in Vancouver anyway?  (Apr 17, 2013 | post #8619)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

The likelyhood of us having EI this time is extremely remote and as there is no contract between 8782 and USS during a lockout or strike the company will not pay sub even if we get EI. Support our bargaining committee by keeping any complaints about 8782 where it belongs, inside our local only. Good luck Bill, Mark, Randy and Terry. We know you have lots of hard work between now and April 15th to get us a fair and just contract.  (Mar 17, 2013 | post #7848)

United States Steel

Stelco Hilton Works/US Steel Canada

I can't believe he dredged up my old name from the archives.  (Nov 4, 2011 | post #12819)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

I would like to say so long to all of the great people here in this forum who post interesting and supportive subjects. It has helped me through the layoffs and lock out to know there was a place for people like us to share our concerns and fears in trying times. Forums like these are an important place that allow to people vent, have a little fun and like in many of my postings it allowed me to stop and make people think, or caused people to target me instead of the membership or our leadership. Please do try and remember that Useless Steal does monitor this forum. Do not allow yourselves to start fighting between our brothers and sisters at 1005 and our Local. We have common cause and a common enemy in the defence of all workers who pay dues to the USW. We at no other time in the history of our great locals have greater need to join as one and fight the tyranny which is US Steel. Defend here and on the shop floor our brethren in Hamilton, stop at the gate and give a donation when they are slowing us down with buckets in hand. I have had a recent change in my life which I feel precludes me sharing my thoughts with you fine brothers and sisters in the near future. I will continue to read but will no longer post, though to do this will drive up a tree. Good luck to all my Union brothers and sisters in Hilton Works, I hope and pray you will succeed in your struggle against the tyrant and in the end come out triumphant. I will see all of you on your picket lines if you are forced onto the bricks. In Solidarity, 8782 Picketer signs out.  (Nov 5, 2010 | post #6277)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

Well said Stalin  (Nov 5, 2010 | post #6274)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

The executive gets strike pay the same as any other locked out dues paying member  (Nov 5, 2010 | post #6273)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

At 8782 all actives had no benefits during the lockout, those laid off in March were promised 9 months of benefits in lieu of notice but were cut at the lockout. Those who retired but had not yet used up vacation time and preretirement allowance also had benefits cut till all vacation time was expired and they went on pension. The previous retirees who were "off the books" ie past vacation time or long retired did not get cut off of benefits. But a heads up to retirees, the active employees are going to be voting for what your benefit packages will look like after ratification. So if the active guys as part of the basic agreement as an example lose prescription eyeglass coverage, those on pension also lose that part of the benefit package at ratification. Hope that clears up that up a bit for your friend Trust.  (Nov 5, 2010 | post #6272)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

Makes me curious what it is, hopefully better than the "final" offer of August 2009  (Nov 4, 2010 | post #6255)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

This employer has no intention of working with us the employees who create the wealth. We are numbers, that's it. Numbers to crunch for costs, numbers to discipline for breaking/violating arbitrary rules. Numbers to lay off when they need to keep an American mill open. We have tried to work with them, here is their answer "the function of the company is to make steel, the function of the union is to file grievances" That sound like an enlightened work with the masses employer? Our first American plant manager had a sign on his desk that said it all about how he wanted employee relations. "If you want a friend, get a dog". Nice bunch of people, PS he was called Berserko or "Old Yeller" Real people person that guy. Try to cooperate with people of that type.  (Nov 4, 2010 | post #6254)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

If there is a forced vote it will be the company who does it.  (Nov 4, 2010 | post #6238)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

There is some in the rumours. We had a lot of people on EI prior to the lockout so our local was able to divide up the strike and defence funds among a smaller number of people who were able to participate on the picket line. I do not think it will be the same with your local as you do not have people on EI right now. Hopefully some will retire which will give you a larger pie to divide based upon active numbers which the international uses for the calculation. 8782 was able to prove to the EI people that there was no work for our membership at the plant when we were locked out somehow. This is how most of the people on lockout were able to collect EI benefits after the lockout ended. I do not know how the executive managed to convince them but they did. Membership here allows messages to be sent in private, updates to polls are pointed out to you when you sign in and there is less censorship of your postings. It also allowed me to use that up yours USS mushroom cloud as my avatar next to my name. Good luck in your struggle against these tyrants stickaforkinit, I do not envy you and your brethren right now. I am a former 1005 member, went through several layoffs during the 80's at Hilton Works before I was offered work at the Lake. I was a dues paying member of 1005 during the strike there of 1981. My father was a retiree from 1005 and my mother is on a survivors pension from Hilton Works right now. This is why I am firm supporter of your struggle. I will be a frequent visitor at the line while you guys and gals are off and will donate at every gate collection. You have a lot of friends at 8782 and please try and remember we are not your enemy. We accepted what we thought was the best we could do last April, hopefully you do not need to be out 8 months to get to your best deal.  (Nov 4, 2010 | post #6237)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

You shouldn't insult grade sixers like that USS  (Nov 3, 2010 | post #6231)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

I am just little ole me, only ever used this name here. One of few to sign up actually. Nearest Tims is Port Dover, just over bridge on way in to the town on left. Or as my alter ego says, pick up on way through Hagersville  (Nov 3, 2010 | post #6229)

United States Steel

Stelco Lake Erie Works/US Steel Canada

Use your head steelworker, the times will be emotional. Hard to work from a jail cell btw.  (Nov 3, 2010 | post #6220)