Make your own free website on Tripod.com

UNITED STEELWORKERS LOCAL 8586

LETTERS FROM THE UNION

HOME
Unity Council
STRIKE AND DEFENSE FUND
Brazil Minister of Labor
LEO GERARD
OFFICERS
MEETINGS
Picnic 07/23/05
GRIEVANCE
Negotiation Beaumont, Texas
St. Paul, Minnesota
Wilton Iowa
LETTERS FROM THE UNION
LOCAL NEWS REPORT
SUPPORT
2006 general election
WHO'S FILMING?
LETTER FROM COMPANY
OTHER NEWS
GOOD & WELFARE
Q & A
LINKS
PIC
CONTACT

                            A letter was found in the Rolling Mill break room on the south end.  
                           This 
                           letter should concern all of our Union Brothers.  This letter is about 
                           OUR 
                           Union President and the supposedly way that he is handling our contract 
                           negotiations.
                           
                           
                           
                           If everyone will remember when Gerdau first took us over, we were told 
                           that 
                           everyone would be happy, with the new contract. They were going to take 
                           care 
                           of us and treat the Union fairly.  So far none of this has come to 
                           bear.  If 
                           you remember, they brought us all in meetings, about what they were 
                           going to 
                           offer us, and told us what they were going to take away.  After this 
                           did not work with the Union body as a whole, they brought us into 
                           meetings, 
                           to show what the company was going to do for us per their expectations 
                           of 
                           running the mill.
                           
                           
                           
                           If everyone will remember the company locked us out after Our Union 
                           President would not bring back a contract, one that was not worth 
                           voting on, 
                           back to the union body.
                           
                           
                           
                           In order to get anything accomplished in contract negotiations, some 
                           noise 
                           has to be made.  This is what Our Union President has done.  In order 
                           to get 
                           the company to listen you have to yell loud.  Old proverb, the squeaky 
                           wheel 
                           gets the most grease, morale, if you make enough noise you will be 
                           heard.
                           
                           
                           
                           As far as Our Union President trying not to get a contract, but being 
                           in a 
                           pissing contest between him and the company, this is possibly just sour 
                           grapes from those that did not get  Our Union President out of office 
                           or 
                           from someone other than a Union member. Either way who ever it was that 
                           wrote this letter is, as someone once said "not a good  person".  
                           Everyone 
                           had a chance to run for this office, only one person showed interest 
                           and 
                           that person was not eligible.
                           
                           
                           
                           So, my Union Brothers, let us quit the bickering and arguing among 
                           ourselves 
                           and get down to the business at hand.  Let's keep backing Our Union 
                           President and keep showing the company that we want to be treated as 
                           men and 
                           as equals.
                           
                           A concerned Union Brother United Steel Workers Local 8586
                           

Blackmail in Beaumont    

What is Gerdau Ameristeel trying to gain with its lockout?                                                         

On May 26, with no advance notice, the top management of Gerdau Ameristeel locked out nearly 300 members of United Steelworkers  Local 8586 in Beaumont, Texas. At the same time that company     officials were meeting with the local union to spring their surprise, they were telling a news crew from a Beaumont TV station that       Gerdau was temporarily idling the mill because of  soft market conditions

 The company says that "a major point of disagreement" is the term of the agreement, and that it wants a four-year contract "to reduce the uncertainty and anxiety of the collective bargaining process and ensure long-term stability." What management doesn’t want you to know is that the company has already made a written, binding commitment to a two-year agreement.

How can broken promises and a vicious surprise lockout "reduce uncertainty and anxiety" in Beaumont and "ensure long-term stability" at the mill?

The company says that "everyone . . . benefits financially" from its "Last, Best and Final offer." What management doesn’t want you to know is that its proposals would:

Eliminate overtime pay in all instances except as required by federal law. Hours over eight (8) in a workday, to cite just one example, would be paid at straight time unless they totaled more than 40 hours in a work week.

The company also wants to eliminate holiday hours being counted for overtime purposes.

Cut vacation pay by almost 30%. For workers with five to 15 years of service, for example, annual vacation pay would be slashed from 168 hours to 120.

Allow the company to unilaterally combine, alter, expand or reduce present job classifications.

This includes a totally new job classification system, and combining the current 24 job classifications into 10.

Eliminate contractual penalties on the company for supervisors doing bargaining unit work and missed assignment of overtime.

Increase the number of hours management can force employees to work from 12 to 16 hours per day.

Drastically cut wages for workers who bid or hire into the bottom third of job classifications, and impose a four-year wage freeze for employees currently in those jobs.

Treat every employee as a new hire for pension purposes, regardless of length of service.

The company says the union left "no bargaining room on aspects of the agreement that are key to the long-term, successful operation of the mill," that its lockout is "an effort to encourage" a vote on its offer. Management doesn’t say that the union has always been willing to bargain on all issues —including the term of the agreement — and that Local 8586 members already told the negotiating committee that they’re not interested in voting on the company’s concessionary proposal.

Help support our locked out brothers and sisters in Beaumont:

♦ Contribute at our local’s plant gate collection later this week.

♦ And tell Gerdau Ameristeel management that

It’s Time to Start Bargaining in Beaumont!

.

.