4th Qtr. 2007 East Chicago, Indiana Volume 18; No. 4
USW To Become Global Union
To Deal With
Local 1010 President Tom Hargrove presents a voluntary strike fund donation to Photo: Ray Jackson
Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, exiled leader of Mexico's Miners and Metalworkers Union,
at a September 16 ArcelorMittal World meeting in Montreal. Story on Back Page
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UNION SAFETY COMMITTEE REPORT
Safety Committee in conflict with supervision or a
398-3100 x120 or 121 worker that just doesn’t get it.
firstname.lastname@example.org It is not always easy trying to
Ivan Agosto - Chairman educate or re-instruct someone
397-6934 on a safety issue when they do
Cell: 712-5631 not want to hear it.
Nick Valle - Vice Chairman Whenever a Safety Advocate
(708) 891-2272 approaches someone doing
Cell: 808-5377 something unsafe, a common
John Gelon - Secretary reply from the worker may be
690-1523 “This is how I have always done
Cell: 406-4190 it.” Or “If I did that, do you know
Don Jones - Safety Coordinator how long it would take?”
838-4210 When it comes to your safety,
From left: John Gelon, Nick Valle, Don Jones, Ivan Agosto Cell: 712-5610 we need to do whatever is nec-
essary and take the time to do
A huge congratulations needs to go out to ployees about what is needed to continue things safely. Make the job safe or don’t
all employees of #5 & #6 Blast Furnace, this improvement in Safety or if any prob- do it!!! That is why our Safety Advocates
Union and management alike for the great lems exist that they can assist in! Manage- are in place, to assist you in making the
improvement in their Safety performance. ment here actually walks the walk instead jobs safer, even though their help is not
Their huge improvement has been the re- of just talking about it. always accepted.
sult of hard work by the Union reps, Area Every month the Safety Advocates meet
When management makes this kind of com-
and Departmental Safety committees, the for training and sharing of information and
mitment to safety and also makes efforts to
employees that work there and a change in to work as resources for each other. They
ensure that all the facilities, like restrooms,
management that is dedicated to the cause.
lunchrooms, etc. are proper, huge rewards discuss safety issues that may have been
Not only has their Safety performance im-
are the result. encountered in their area and ideas on how
proved, but also when these employees
to address these issues.
come to the Safety Awareness training their Congratulations to everyone again for this
overall attitude and positive comments is excellent performance so far this year. Your The most important aspect of a Safety
incredible. They speak highly of the de- department should be used as a model of Advocate’s duties is to provide a visible
partment and their new manager’s commit- success for several other departments to presence on the shop floor so they can be
ment to Safety! They discuss this improve- improve safety for the benefit of everyone. available when needed. They are also in-
ment and state that the difference has been volved in many other aspects to improve
Keep up the good work!
the new manager’s commitment. safety in their departments such as con-
Imagine that! We now have Safety Advocates working ducting safety audits, assisting in lockouts,
in all departments. These Advocates are a addressing PPE issues, walk work surface
Accident rates have also improved dramati- resource to all of us, to assist in address- inspections, performing confined space
cally. In the last two years combined (2006 ing safety issues or problems that routinely tests, fall protection problems, Safety meet-
& 2007) they have had 55 accidents and 10 occur on the job. ing involvement, help in documenting and
lost workday cases. As of October 5th of
These Safety Advocates are our Union correcting unsafe conditions and provide
this year they have had 10 accidents and
brothers and sisters that have taken the Safety training. In addition, there are many
two lost workday cases. That’s quit a turn
extra burden of doing whatever may be nec- other responsibilities for a Safety Advo-
essary to improve safety in the workplace. cate, such as assisting in accident investi-
Many of the comments about the overall gations to help determine the cause and
improvement in these areas of the Blast Safety Advocates can only be assigned or
replaced under the direction of Local 1010 help prevent a reoccurrence in the future.
Furnace began when they got a new man-
ager that is dedicated to improving work- President Tom Hargrove. When you see or deal with your Safety
ing conditions and Safety. When unsafe The Safety Advocates need your support. Advocate, remember that they are put into
conditions get identified, they get taken When they are on the floor trying to ad- this position to help provide a safer work-
care of. Housekeeping has improved and dress a problem or issue, keep in mind that place and help eliminate accidents!
any safety items that are needed are pro- they are working to improve our safety. Take the time to let your Safety Advocate
vided. Sometimes this assignment is what many know that you appreciate their efforts. A
The manager there actually talks to the em- have termed a thankless job. They may be little thanks and respect go a long way!
Steelworker Page 3
NAME DEPARTMENT PHONE EMAIL
Dave Hudson Plt.2 Blast Furnaces 1815 Dave.Hudson@arcelormittal.com
Ken Churilla No.7 Blast Furnace 1806 Kenneth.Churilla@arcelormittal.com
Edward R. Covarrubias # 2 BOF 3797 Edward.Covarrubias@arcelormittal.com
Robert Kesler # 2 BOF 4953 Robert.Kesler@arcelormittal.com
Tim Kruchowski 80" Hot Strip 6608 Timothy.Kruchowski@arcelormittal.com
Marlon Strong 80" Hot Strip 6608 Marlon.Strong@arcelormittal.com
Gail Richardson # 3 Cold Strip 5021 Gail.Richardson@arcelormittal.com
Kevin Lawrence # 3 Cold Strip 5798 Kevin.Lawrence@arcelormittal.com
Martin Bridgeman Cleaning Services 6173 Martin.Bridgeman@arcelormittal.com
Rodney Dobbins Field Forces 7790 Rodney.Dobbins@arcelormittal.com
Ernest Gutierrez Field Forces 4450 Ernesto.Gutierrez@arcelormittal.com
Dave Horn Field Forces 7343 David.Horn@arcelormittal.com
Joseph Sarwacinski Field Forces 2236 Joseph.Sarwacinski@arcelormittal.com
Steve Warner P.A.E.T. 2129 Steve.Warner@arcelormittal.com
Ed Krzyston Masons 2596 Edward.Krzyston@arcelormittal.com
Dave Butler Machine Shop 2397 David.Butler@arcelormittal.com
Joseph Duran Machine Shop 1228 -----------------------------------
Jay Salinas Fab/Reclaim 3482 Jovita.Salinas@arcelormittal.com
Scott DeLauro MHS 4463 Scott.Delauro@arcelormittal.com
George Dodd Electric Shop 2378 George.Dodd@arcelormittal.com
Rafael Colon Utilities 5141 Rafael.ColonJr@arcelormittal.com
Lawrence Person HEAT/Pugh Repair 3521 Lawrence.Person@arcelormittal.com
Raul Martinez Rail Ops 3373 Raul.Martinez@arcelormittal.com
Donna Parker 12" Mill 1412 Donna.Parker@arcelormittal.com
Ron Kaszak 12” Mill 1412 -----------------------------------
Dan Mosley Electric Furnace 3864 Dan.Mosley@arcelormittal.com
Russ Govert O&T 6174 Russ.Govert@arcelormittal.com
Don Clinton Lime Plant 5757 Don.Clinton@arcelormittal.com
John Walker #4 BOF 8326 John.Walker@arcelormittal.com
Jim Spasoff #4 BOF 2388 Bof4safetyfirst@arcelormittal.com
Marvin Strong #4 BOF 5743 Bof4safetyfirst@arcelormittal.com
Charlie Johnson Meu / Pugh Ladle 4422 Charles.Johnson2@arcelormittal.com
Reyes Rodriguez IHCC 378-3902 RRODRIGUEZ@sunocoinc.com
Make the Job Safe,
or DON’T DO IT!!!
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Training Committee Report Continued from page 8
by Luis Aguilar, Dorine Godinez & Steve Wagner Here are some questions for you:
1. When was the last time you went
without a drink for a week?
2. When was the last time you hugged
and kissed your wife without alcohol
on your breath?
3. When was the last time you went on
4. When was the last time you went to
school functions for your children?
Our team started in October of 2005. We have had several management changes 5. When was the last time you didn’t
have to take money out of the bank or
on our team. Since initiation union members are: Luis Aguilar – Welder, Steve
credit union to pay for your alcohol?
Wagner – Mechanic and Dorine Godinez – Electrical.
I have been a recovering alcoholic for
Classes that are available: 33 years, but I am no different than a
Operation Maintenance Assist – 40 HRS. We have had over 860 Opportu- person who has been dry or without
nities for training in OMA. However, our actual number trained is 680 employ- alcohol for 3 months. I am one drink
ees. away from being drunk.
In our Mobile Equipment Area: Forklift Training is an 8 hour course. We There was a man who had not had a
have had 295 opportunities and only 218 of employees have been trained. drink in 45 years and lost his wife.
Within one week he was back to drink-
RC Crane 40 HRS. We’ve had 58 opportunities and 58 people trained.
ing a fifth a day. Doctors cannot fig-
RC Crane Maintenance 16 HRS. There have been 13 opportunities and nine ure out why a person can be alcohol
workers were trained. free for years, then he takes a drink
Crane Cab 40 HRS. 16 Opportunities were available and only 11 employees and is back to the point where he left
were sent to training. off and it gets worse. This is why I
Pendent Crane 16 HRS. Training there were four opportunities and only two say alcohol is the most powerful drug
employees were trained. in the world.
I used to be able to go to the mill to
MTM classes: Hydraulics had 120 training slots available however, only 84
speak with the employees about alco-
workers were sent to training. hol and drugs. I spoke to the union
Power Transmissions had 40 slots available and 32 were trained. people and salaried people usually dur-
Laser Alignment had 48 Opportunities for training and 43 employees were trained. ing their safety meetings. I am willing
to do this again!!
Welding Classes: 6G Qualified, CO2 Qualified, Tig and Tack. All the welding
classes have been full. Alcohol cost me my first marriage, rais-
ing my 4 children, 80% of my liver, be-
MTE classes: Arc Flash, Introduction to Process Automation, DC Crane ing in jails, have a low platelet count,
Controls, Introduction Alternating Current, Cutler Hammer Brakes, Westinghouse aging my parents, losing a lot of money,
Brakes and Square D Brakes. Electrical Classes have been running consistently. and being in debt up to my neck!
Usually there is good attendance however, all of the classes have not been full. I work with the Union Members As-
We have had over 400 employees trained in Arc Flash. sistance Committee. You can call Dave
Lomellin at 397-9002, Paul Johnson
Next year we plan to have more Equipment Training Opportunities including at 219-364-1284, or the Union Hall at
Mobile Crane and Additional Crane Training. 398-3100. Dave or Paul is there ev-
In electrical we plan to roll out three new classes. Breaker Maintenance, Week
Long AC Course and A week long Process Automation Course. I know what living in hell is like. You
can reach me at 924-2294 or 742-
We are attempting to get the release of our Mobile Crane Operator so that we 3269. The call might very well save
may feel the plant wide training need. your job, life, or marriage.
Steelworker Page 5
Record Number of Women at Conference
Forging ahead, we came to a and many of the toys were in fact not
universal understanding, that as at risk of danger to children. Li
Rosa Maria Rodriguez women we are producers at Changjiang, China’s head of product
Financial Secretary home, at work and in our world. safety was displeased with the infor-
We know that historically we mation and replied, “You cannot recall
have contributed much to the 10,000 products just because one is
world. It is with our presence substandard.” This is unacceptable.
that we, as a civilization, have Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker,
From August 22-27 2007, our sisters in sustained our existence. Sally Field, recalled 21 million products in 5 sepa-
Toronto, Canada, hosted the third who was bleeped out when giving her rate recalls in recent months. But don’t
Women of Steel Conference. We speech after receiving her 2007 Acad- be too surprise when they do take the
made history that week with over emy Award said, “If women (mothers) lead out of the toys and hike up the
1,000 participants. were leaders there would be no wars!” prices or maybe they’ll put the toys on
a great sale especially around Christ-
Like all conferences, the agenda was All right fellas, this is not male bashing. mas time. One way or the other we
full of speeches and workshops but It is just a reflection of our celebration the consumer, pay for corporate greed!
there was something different in the air. to our contributions.
There was an enlightened moment that The Women of Steel are spearheading
During the conference, USW Interna- the campaign “Get the Lead Out” by
electrified those in attendance. We felt tional President Leo W. Gerard intro-
it as women from different parts of the providing information and kits to test
duced us to a common thread that for lead. This poison is in many prod-
world came to discuss the workplace; would knit us together and address an
we brought issues in hand, and recog- ucts that have been imported. Right
issue that affects all people. LEAD. now we need to inspect the products
nized that as a human race we all suf- Not, “ I will lead you” but GET THE
fer same injustice. We had so much in that are in our homes, workplace,
LEAD OUT! Lead is the poison that schools, etc. We need to take respon-
common. It was enlightening listening
is being reintroduced in many of the sibility to inform the public to get rid of
to the International Panel of Women
products we import. We saw first hand the things laced with lead. We might
speak on the issues that were impor-
how lead was found in a child’s’ lunch be unknowingly exposing ourselves, our
tant to them. Statistics show that some
box and a baby bib bought at Wal-Mart. children, and our future to lead poison-
women are not equally paid as her coun-
I must share that the baby bib shown ing. As we speak, women all over are
terpart and like many of us, women are
was exactly like the one my daughter taking a stand to educate the public and
not given the respect or
bought and put on her one-month-old starting up programs to combat this di-
acknowledgement of their contributions
nephew a week earlier. I called my lemma. This is not a women issue this
in the workplace. There is still a glass
ceiling and a step is still missing in the husband right away and told him to is a human being issue. The “GET
ladder to the top when it comes to warn my family. Mr. Gerard, during a THE LEAD OUT” campaign started
women. We listened to the unfairness get together also shared, when his chil- as a press release in Canada and on
come to light every time a woman dren were growing up he was very Thursday September 27, 2007, Mr.
spoke on the issues in the country she careful to purchase only American and Gerard took hundreds of letters to
represented. Canadian made products but now he Washington to initiate the government
fears his grandson might have been to impose the laws that were created
Juanita from Mexico talked about the exposed to lead and is being tested for to protect us from contaminated prod-
hundreds of young women missing and Attention Deficit Disorder. You see ucts from entering our country.
murdered commuting back and forth to lead poisoning has brain-damaging re-
the Mecadoras. Maria from Chile The Local 1010 Women of Steel have
sults. taken the initiative to do their part in
spoke of the machismo in the workplace
and at home that holds a women hos- On September 21, 2007, Mattel execu- this fight to save our children from the
tage from moving forward profession- tive vice president Thomas Debrowski exposure of products with lead that has
ally and economically. Many spoke went to China and took full responsibil- filtered into our country and homes. As
about the blatant manner in which both ity for the design flaw of harmful lead you are reading this, do you know of a
country leaders and corporations keep tainted toys. China manufactures are child right now playing with a toy or
unsafe work conditions and continue not to blame, the design the toys were opening up their lunch box, a child be-
imposing tactics to gain their huge prof- given to China was by the Mattel Toy ing fed using a lead laced bib, a baby
its by scarifying human being as a com- Corporation. Mattel also said that it who is teething and biting a…. that was
modity. As we listened we recognized. was “overly inclusive” with its recalls, imported?
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Area 4 Report
Article 3 Section C of our contract has very strong language protecting our rights to a safe workplace.
THE RIGHT TO REFUSE UNSAFE WORK
1. If an Employee, acting in good faith and on the basis of objective evidence, believes that there exists an
unsafe or unhealthful condition beyond the normal hazards inherent in the operation (Unsafe Condition),
s/he shall notify his/her immediate supervisor. The Employee and the supervisor will make every attempt
Joe Piller to resolve the condition in the interest of safety. Thereafter, s/he has the right, subject to reasonable steps
Griever for protecting other Employees and equipment, to be believed from duty on that job and to return to that
job only when the Unsafe Condition has been remedied. The Company may assign the Employee to
other available work in the plant, consistent with this Agreement and without displacing another Employee.
2. If the Company disputes the existence of the allegedly Unsafe Condition, the Grievance Chair and the Plant General
Manager or their designs will immediately investigate and determine whether it exists.
3. If after investigation it is determined that the condition existed, the Employee will be made whole for any lost time in
connection with the condition. If after that investigation the Company does not agree that an Unsafe Condition exists, the
Union has the right to present a grievance in writing to the appropriate Company representative and thereafter the Em-
ployee shall continue to be relieved from duty on the job. The grievance will be presented without delay directly to an
arbitrator, who will determine whether the Employee acted in good faith in leaving the job and whether the Unsafe Condi-
tion was in fact present.
4. No employee who in good faith exercises his/her rights under this Section will be disciplined.
5. If an arbitrator determines that an Unsafe Condition within the meaning of this Section exists, s/he shall order that the
condition be corrected and that the correction occur before the Employee returns to work on the job in question and the
Employee shall be make whole for any lost earnings.
If the job is unsafe, demand that it be made safe.
SAFETY ADVOCATES UNION REPS
Don Clinton Joe Piller Dave Lomellin
x 5757 Pager: 219-752-0020 Shop: x1901
Jim Spasoff Shop: x1901 Pager: 752-0012
x 2388 Home: 708-478-1629 Cell: 805-0902
Hall: 398-3100 x134 Fabian Martinez
x 5743 Ernest Mosley Shop: x5828
Shop: x2356 Ruben Velez
x 8326 Home: 980 0294 Shop x1262
Attend Your Union Meetings!
1st Thursday of Each Month
It’s YOUR Union!
Steelworker Page 7
Longevity Has Its Place
as long as people in 41 of other One must ask him/herself what is
Darrell Reed countries. As other countries wrong with this picture? The greatest
improve their populations’ and richest country on the planet can’t
Vice Chairman, healthcare, nutrition, and keep up to speed with these other coun-
Grievance Committee lifestyles, the United States has tries in regard to health care? WE
been falling behind in interna- SHOULD BE LEADING NOT
tional ranking of life expectancy. FALLING BEHIND!! Inherently, we
On August 25, 2007, over 3,000 of our A child born in the US in 2004, will live all want to live long lives. Longevity
members, including yours truly, attended an average of 77.9 years, with proper has its place. However, without
the 25 year picnic. Of that number, health care provided. That life expect- healthcare benefits associated with a
ancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two National Healthcare Program, longev-
over 2,000 were retirees, whom I must
decades earlier, according to data from ity will be unattainable. Researchers
say are aging gracefully. And you ask
the census bureau and the National
what is the root cause of longevity? have determined a multiplicity of nega-
Center for Health statistics. Sad to say
Well, we know that as people of faith, tive contributing factors that have lead
that a black American’s life expectancy
everything comes from God and we to America’s decline associated with
in less. A black male born in 2004 is
surely want to thank Him on behalf of expected to live 69.5 years, while a the life expectancy numbers.
the retirees and active workers for our black female is expected to live 76.3, The most controlling factor of all, 47
health care provisions! according to the census data. million Americans have absolutely no
As 2008 rapidly approaches, there are Countries that surpass the USA include health care insurance. Other factors
two significant events on the calendar Japan, and most of Europe, as well as include obesity, racial disparities and
that could have monumental conse- Jordan, Guam and the Cayman Islands. relatively high infant mortality rates.
quences on our active and retired mem-
bers. They are the contract negotia- Human life expectancy in the USA is 77.9 years of age.
tions beginning January 2008 (contract
termination date is Sept. 1, 2008), and LONGEST SHORTEST
the Presidential election in November COUNTRY AGE COUNRY AGE
2008. It has been my experience since
my1991 involvement on negotiations ANDORRA 83.5 SWAZILAND 34.1
that each negotiation stands on its own JAPAN 82.0 ZAMBIA 36.6
meaning for the most part, always hav- MACAU 82.0 ANGOLA 36.7
ing different issues, and most impor- SAN MARINO 81.5 LIBERIA 38.1
tantly different personnel doing the ne- HONG KONG 81.4 ZIMBABWE 39.0
gotiations. However, health care has FRANCE 80.4 LESOTHO 39.5
always remained a constant difficult AUSTRALIA 80.3 SIERRA-LEONE 39.7
task of discussion, and 2008 won’t be SWEDEN 80.3 MALAWI 40.9
any different. SWITZERLAND 80.3 MOZAMBIQUE 41.4
As for the soon to be newly elected
democratic president, whoever it may
be, he/she, black/white, they must hold QUOTE OF THE MONTH: Exodus 20:12
true to all of their platform promises. Honor your Father and Mother then you will live a long,
One of which is paramount, National
Healthcare for the richest country on full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.
this earth. I personally believe there is
a direct correlation between “Life’s
expectancy and Healthcare benefits”.
At press time, Americans are living DON’T FORGET TO VOTE NOVEMBR 6TH 2007!
longer than ever before. However, not
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Insurance & Pensions Report You can also get any forms in case a problem occurs. Basically,
you need from this site. We the EOB defines the how’s and why’s
by Fidel Azcona & Jerry Strauch have new directories for of the claim paying process, and will
network Dr.s and Facilities be needed if there is a dispute with the
at the Union Hall. provider, the insurance carrier or both.
You can also save money EOBs detail the date of service, the
by using the mail in pre- provider, billed charges, discounts,
scription service. We have deductibles, and co-pays, the amount
the forms at the hall and will paid by Mittal and the amount you are
answer any questions you responsible for. The EOB is your
Shortly we will be heading into a new have on this service. If your spouse is documentation of proof if a problem
year. The benefit reps, Fidel and Jerry working and paying for their own in- occurs. We recommend you save the
would like to wish everyone an early surance, you can fill out a spousal re- EOB along with the bill for at least five
Merry Christmas and a Happy and imbursement form and receive all mon- years. Remember, if you go out under
Healthy New Year. ies paid minus $120.00 per year. Re- a sickness or an outside accident it is
member, if you have children in col- your responsibility to pick up the Sick-
We would like to start the New Year ness & Accident form and return it to
out by trying to save you some money. lege you must fill out a student form
EVERY SEMESTER to keep them the guard at the west annex. You fill
ALWAYS use an in-network Dr. or out the top half and the Dr. or hospital
facility. If you don’t, you will be bal- enrolled in the Insurance program.
They must be a full time student with fills out the bottom half. You have
anced billed. This means the out of twenty-one days to return it. If you
network Dr. will bill you for the differ- at least 12 credit Hours.
don’t do this you will not be paid.
ence of the cost of the contracted Value Options continues to be our pro-
amount. If you are not sure if a Dr. is vider for mental health and substance As always, if you have any questions
in-network you can call Fiserv at 800- abuse services. You also need to save on your benefits or pensions, give us a
654-6208, or go online to your Explanation Of Benefits (EOB). call at 219-398-3100 ext117 or stop
www.uswa1010.org click on Web The EOBs that come from Fiserv and by the Union Hall - 3703 Euclid Ave.,
Links on the top and follow the Value Options after a claim is filed are East Chicago, IN 46312.
prompts to benefits, then to site index. very important. You need to save them
The Power of Alcohol games in December and January. getting out of your system as quickly. I
It is difficult going anywhere during should know because 80% of my liver
by Don Lutes these events without alcohol being is gone with cirrhosis and I didn’t even
know it. Also, the alcohol was not get-
Retiree present. I hope that all the people on
Last Chance agreements who think ting out of my system like it should.
For years, close to the month of De- they can drink and beat the agreement A good sign you might have liver prob-
cember, I have been writing articles read this article. lems is that you used to drink many
about alcohol. We had a person on a Last Chance beers and hard alcohol; now you have
Did you know that half of the pack- agreement who had not been tested for a few drinks and are getting higher
aged liquor in the United States is sold seven months. He took the test and quicker than before.
during the month of December? We passed it. Then he was tested the next I never say a person is an alcoholic.
lose many of our employees on Last day and tested for alcohol. He lost his I prefer taking he or she to a closed
Chance agreements during December. job! A lot of people have a few days A.A. meeting and let him or her judge
Why? Before December we have off and think they can have alcohol and for themselves. I say when alcohol is
Thanksgiving. Next we have Christ- it will be out of their system before go- causing a problem, then it is a problem.
mas Eve and Christmas day. Then ing back to work. Your liver pumps out
there is New Years Eve and New Years an ounce of alcohol an hour, but if it Continued on page 4
day. Plus we have all the football bowl isn’t working 100%, the alcohol isn’t
Steelworker Page 9
Canadian Connection tain Canadian must have thought that their observations in investigations.
the nine people in the original investi- On the other hand, bargaining unit rep-
by Don Seifert, Griever gation must have gotten it wrong just
Area 20 resentatives are elected and advocates
because training was one of the root are appointed by Local 1010 Presi-
causes by a consensus of the investi- dent Tom Hargrove, with input from
I know what you’re thinking, but no, it gation team. We are told that Bar-
has nothing to do with the railroad. But their grievers and other reps. Advo-
gaining Unit and management involve- cates are given training once per month
it has everything to do with derailing ment in investigations is crucial for all
the system. and trained on procedures for accident
the facts to be heard and correct coun- and or near-miss investigations and
The Canadian Connection isn’t a termeasures to be identified and per- continuous safety related issues.
philosophy, it’s just a few management formed. Just because training is con-
guys from Canada. Although they sidered a root cause by the members For the record, Area 20 safety advo-
were involved in negotiating the con- of the investigation shouldn’t be a rea- cates Dave Butler and Joe Duran,
tract, they think they can twist and dis- son for management to reconvene a Machine Shop, Jay Salinas, Fab. and
tort the true intent of the Basic Labor new investigation with more people, Reclaim Shop, Scott Delauro, Mobile
Agreement and sell it to a superior and and not all from the original investiga- Equipment Repair Shop, and George
then coax, or attempt to coax, corpo- tion, just to wordsmith the same re- Dodd, Electric Shop, have all done a
rate to defend their positions. sults. tremendous job of addressing safety
issues in the right direction, without hav-
Want examples? In M.E.U., we have Its offensive to me that a ing to look over their shoulder, despite
a crane repair MTM/MTE dispute, “CaHeanian” can’t accept the ap- management hurdles. Keep up the
lack of O.T. agreements; in the Shops, propriate results of an accident inves- good work!
denial of first rights to the Refrigera- tigation, just because it points the fin-
tion Shop by contractually identified ger squarely in the face of management. On the contracting out front, since the
pipe fitters. Also in the shops, you have It is management’s obligation to pro- inception of Tabware on 9/11/06, the
incentive problems, L.O.P. issues on- vide training to all the appropriate Bargaining Unit Work Committee (for-
going, discipline for accidents, safety groups, not to move people and then merly Contracting Out Committee) has
issues almost daily. Make the connec- try to think “How are we going to train reviewed over thirteen thousand no-
tion? It’s CANADIAN!!!!! them?” Management involved in in- tices. Talk to anyone who uses this
vestigations should be offended, system and they will tell you its been a
Once again, with assistance from the
knowing that their superiors can’t en- total failure.
Union safety committee, we agreed to
reconvene for a previously finished trust in them the task of making cor- Guess who championed the sys-
accident investigation because a cer- rect, conscious decisions regarding tem?
Alcohol or Drugs a Problem?
A Members Assistance Committee member is at the Hall every
Thursday and is available to help with Substance Abuse or Be-
havioral Problems. Or you can call them at the numbers listed
Nationwide consultation is available 24/7 from Value Options at
800-332-2214. Value Options is the Care Administrator for all
Substance Abuse and Behavioral issues. Referral and certification
by Value Options can substantially reduce your out-of-pocket
Local 1010 Members Assistance Committee
Dave Lomellin (219) 397-0902 Paul Johnson (219) 364-1284
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From Worst To First changed, and is only getting better. for them. There will be a lot of over-
With the right leadership we will be the time scheduled and asked during this
by Frank Deel, Griever best and stay the best. transition so please be careful as you
Area 1 work and if you are tired, ask your
Incentive, incentive, incentive. It seems
this question is asked at least 50 times supervisor to let you go home. Don’t
To all of the employees of the Blast
a day. When are we going to see a put yourself in a position to hurt your-
Furnace and Sinter Plant, it is now time
new plan? The answer is that it is in self or someone else.
to pat yourselves and your co-work-
ers on the back and say “Thank you the hands of John Perham at 4179, Retirement: If you are thinking about
for the outstanding job of turning and Wendell Carter at 5740. If you retiring, as most of us are, you should
the safety program around.” The have any questions, you should call contact Fidel or Jerry at the Union
Iron Producing units have historically them. Brian Black and I have worked Hall, 398-3100 x117, and they will
been the worst in accidents and lost on a new plan and it is now in their advise you on the proper procedures.
work day cases until now, and to date hands. Election time is near. Please find time
we are the BEST. Some people have I have filed numerous grievances on to register to vote and take the time to
asked me how all of this happened. the holding of people as hostages from go to the polls and make a difference.
The best answer that I can give is their bids. Some have been heard in Your vote does matter and this is your
RESPECT. The people of the de- the second step and more grievances opportunity to say “I care and I want
partment are receiving something now will be filed as the time limits are vio- to try to make things better for all of
that was just a word for the last 30- lated. Some people have been re- our families.”
plus years. We now have a manager, leased and as new hires come in, oth- If you have any questions or con-
Brian Black, who does care about us ers will be released. The new hires cerns please contact me at 1756,
and our families, not just making iron. that are here now are training in the 661-8944 or 808-3188. If you can’t
It takes a lot of work to gain the re- casthouse and on the hi-line, so if you get me, call Rory McDonald at
spect of your employees in such a short see someone with a RED HARD 8759, Rich Mikola at 3004 or Joe
time, given the history here, but he has HAT help them out by watching out Gifford at 3374.
done it. Brian has an open door and if
you are having issues with anything, call
him and ask for some of his time. He
will listen and try to help. But there
are still some people who feel they
should be given respect because of
their position. The reality of this is we
Need a Lawyer?
should respect the position but the per-
Local 1010 members can take advantage of a free legal
son has to earn it. The safety mental-
ity of the Blast Furnace employees has consultation every Wednesday at the Union Hall from:
8:30 am - 9:30 am*
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm*
Vote! Provided by the Law Offices of
Bosch & Banasiak
Nov. 6 7150 Indianapolis Blvd., Hammond, IN 46323
or call 219-844-3020
*Times are approximate
Steelworker Page 11
WOMEN OF STEEL
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2007 WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
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The Women of Steel Conference, Sep-
tember 23-26, 2007 was held in Toronto,
Canada. History was made with a record
setting attendance. Delegates came from
Local 1010’s WOS Officers:
a good portion of the world—to name a
few: Chili, Brazil, Mexico, Liberia,
aicraG ”AL“ airaM United States, and the United Kingdom
riahC were amongst the host country, Canada.
sdooW ahtereS Each country presented their own needs.
Some of the important topics discussed
riahC eciV were: health care, safety in the work
place, child labor, sweatshops, unfair
nosdrahciR liaG working hours and conditions, and lead
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of U.S. presi- Back row: Gail Richardson. Front row: (l-r)
dential candidate, John Edwards was Owana Cheatam, Leo Gerard (USW President),
keynote speaker. She especially concen- Sharon Stiller (Former WOS Director), Kathleen
trated on the Health Care System in Peeples, Patricia Humphrey, and Rosa Rodriquez
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Breast Cancer affects mil- tive year, the WOS of local throughout Mittal Steel IHE,
lions of people yearly. We 1010 has participated in a total of $4500 was raised.
all know of someone that has Chicago’s Avon Walk For
been directly or indirectly Breast Cancer. This year Rosa Rodriquez, local 1010’s
Inside This Issue: affect by this disease. Breast we raised beyond our goal financial secretary and Eliza-
cancer does not discriminate of $3600. Collectively, beth Vargas from #2 BOF
by age, race or gen- walked for local
der. To bring atten- 1010 in the Avon
tion to this awful Walk for Breast
disease, October has Cancer. Maria
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ARE YOUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN,
October 4, WOS Monthly Meeting
RELATIVES’ AND FRIEND’S CHILDREN BE- @ 4 PM
ING EXPOSE TO LEAD? FURTHERMORE,
ARE YOU BEING EXPOSED? NOVEMBER
Many would be surprised of how much lead has entered this country through prod-
ucts--especially children’s toys and clothes.
The USW has made a point to provide information and supply lead testing kits.
Please check the USW.org website for more information on… Nov. 1, @ 4 WOS Monthly Meeting
TBA Christmas Program for the
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America. President Leo Gerard was another keynote speaker. He expounded on ”samtsirhC yrreM“
the WOS’s theme—Building Power, Taking Action. He explained that anger with-
out action is only frustration.; thus he encouraged everyone to get involved and Dec. 6, @ 4 WOS Monthly Meeting
take some action. He also spoke on health care. He feels health care should be a PM
birth rite for all citizens.
District 7 was strongly represented and after this conference, hopefully the district
will be even more empowered to take even more ACTION.
Spring/TBA Student Day
0101 LACOL MORF SEPICER
ARKANSAS SMOKED BARBECUE TURKEY
6 to 8 lb. young turkey 1 whole onion (put in cavity of turkey)
4 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash garlic and herb 1 bottle Open Pit barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp. paprika 1 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. red pepper 2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 bottle Miller Lite beer
Season turkey with Mrs. Dash, paprika, red pepper and onion. Grill
turkey for 1 hours. Add to the bottle of barbecue sauce, lemon juice,
sugar and beer. Baste turkey with this special sauce. Grill an additional
1 ½ hours.
Darrell E. Reed
Vice Chair of Grievance
Committee - Local 1010
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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT LOCAL 1010?
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2. Grievance Vice Chairman’s home de-
5 6 7
5. Some members were killed in 1937's
9. President in the 80's
10. Community Service guy 10
11. Grievance Leader 11 12
15. 25 year________ 13 14
16. Union Song 15
19. Seretha Woods’ position in WOS
21. Female Trustee and Training Coordi-
22. Steel Industry's union was derived
from this union 19 20
1. Safety Coordinator
3. District Leader
4. If the job is unsafe,_________, OR
DON'T DO IT!
6. WOS Chair, Maria Garcia, a.k.a.
7. Local 1010’s hall is in this city CRYPTOGRAM
8. Appointed for safety in departments
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Battered Worker Syndrome · Use of racially derogatory Many of your concerns with safety are
words, phrases, epithets being addressed by the Department
by Mike Bouvat · Derogatory or intimidat- Steering Committee and the Area
Griever, Area #5 ing references to an Safety Committee.
employee’s mental or physi- Here is information some of you have
cal impairment been requesting about IOSHA:
Harassment that results in a IOSHA's phone # is 317-232-2655
tangible employment action
How do I file a complaint?
occurs when a management official’s
harassing conduct results in some sig- Put your complaint in writing to:
I know there isn’t a category, but if
nificant change in an employee’s em- Indiana Department of Labor -
they decided to create one, 2 Steel
ployment status (e.g., hiring, firing, pro- IOSHA
Producing probably would qualify.
motion, failure to promote, demotion, 402 West Washington Street
That category would be “Battered
formal discipline, such as suspension, Room W195
worker syndrome”. What would that
undesirable reassignment, or a signifi- Indianapolis, IN 46204
be? Battered worker syndrome would
cant change in benefits, a compensa- or call 317-232-2655
describe a pattern of psychological and
tion decision, or a work assignment). Here is a list of your area Union Reps:
behavioral symptoms found in batter-
Only individuals with supervisory or
ing relationships. What are the phases? Griever: Mike Bouvat - Home 836-
managerial responsibility can commit
First, there is the tension building phase 2170, Work 1165
this type of harassment.
(foreman pushing workers to do as- Assistant Griever: Jim Harris - Home
signments they may not completely All workers have the right to a work- 765-4813, Work 6139
understand), followed by the explosion place free of harassment. The BLA Steward: LeeSmith - Work 1994
or battering incident, (foreman cussing states in Article 4 Section C, 1: All Steward: Rodney Dinwiddie - Work
out a worker and throwing their employees shall be educated in the 5876
hardhat) followed by the honeymoon area of harassment awareness and Steward: Shawn Schultz - Work
phase, (foreman says “Hey, you know prevention on a periodic basis. 5876
I am not really like that. I’m a good If you feel a supervisor or co-worker Any one who feels like they are a bat-
guy, I let you change your schedule”). is harassing you, please contact a tered worker from management or a
Hostile work environment harassment Union Representative. co-worker has rights. Don’t be intimi-
occurs when unwelcome comments or While we continue to move forward dated, and don’t take abuse. Work-
conduct, based on sex, race or other with safety in our department there are ing people have basic legal rights to
legally protected characteristics, un- still many obstacles we face. We re- safe, healthy and fair conditions at
reasonably interferes with an cently have seen new employees that work. Some employers violate these
employee’s work performance or cre- have been hired with no experience in rights because they value their profits
ates an intimidating, hostile or offen- a steel making facility. It is important more than their workers.
sive work environment. that we all look out for their safety. United We Stand Divided We Fall
Examples of actions that may cre-
ate harassment include:
· Leering, i.e., staring in an intimidat-
ing suggestive manner
· Making offensive remarks about
looks, clothing, body parts
· Touching in a way that may make an
employee feel uncomfortable, such as
patting, pinching or intentional brush-
ing against another’s body
12 4th Qtr. 2007
Continued from page 15 can be used to cover tuition, book, pertise and may be approved in ac-
and course - related fees at nearly 100 cordance with Institute for Career
While some JobLink participants are approved learning institutions. Classes Development’s guidelines.
pursuing college degrees, many others with the primary purpose of recreation If you have a computer at home, check
are taking classes to satisfy personal or personnel enjoyment are not eli- out the JobLink Website at http://
development to improve their ability to gible for tuition assistance funding. bkJobLink.org/ . You will find next
perform their current jobs or prepare Stop by JobLink to apply for tuition semester’s course lineup with course
for new careers and retirement. All of program funding or pick–up a list of descriptions and other pertinent infor-
these initiatives enhance a variety of T.A.P. Vendors. A list of these edu- mation.
skills including math, reading, and com- cational institutions is also available on
Attention new hires! Stop by JobLink
munication skills. Our Career Devel- JobLink’s website.
and see what educational opportuni-
opment Program helps prepare us for We have developed reciprocal par- ties your union negotiated for you!
the future challenges of our jobs, our ticipant arrangements with the other
personal & family lives, and ultimately Career Development Cites here in Congratulations…to my entire fellow
in retirement. Northwest Indiana. The availability of (46) Weight Watchers Class Partici-
customized classes at other sites is sub- pants! After just 4 weeks we’ve lost
Anyone interested in a specific class
ject to specific agreements that we an outstanding total of 262 pounds!!
may contact JobLink with the type of
have for each class. Those classes are We are going to offer another round
class desired to begin an “interested
available to active members from of Weight Watcher Classes in January
list”. Don’t take classes for granted.
each of the sites involved. Due to 2008. Many of you who have ex-
Classes may not be repeated, so
scheduling, some classes are not put pressed interest after the class began
enroll in a desired class when you
in our course catalogue. Please con- will get another opportunity by start-
see it offered as soon as possible.
tact JobLink or check JobLink’s ing off the New Year with an emphasis
All JobLink classes must be in accor-
on healthy living!!
dance with the Career Development website for more information!
Program Guidelines. Don’t forget that active 1010 mem- Any questions regarding JobLink can
bers now can combine the Tuition As- be directed to the JobLink Staff (219)
Local 1010 members can use their
sistance $1800 annual limit with the 399-8136. Anyone else who needs
T.A.P. monies to access any accred-
Customize Class $2000 annual limit additional information can call me at
ited learning institution. T.A.P. benefits
to provide a more flexible total the union hall (219) 398-3100 or E-
are a very flexible part of our contrac-
amount of educational assistance -- mail me at email@example.com.
tually funded educational benefit.
$3800 per year to Local 1010 Mem- If you call when I am not available,
T.A.P. funds are subject to funding lim-
bers. This combination of limits is please leave a message on my voice
its and are available annually on a first
available to individuals who have clear mail (ext. 113) and I will get back to
come/first served basis. Participants
career goals to develop vocational ex- you as soon as possible.
$1,800.00 maximum annual benefit
Volunteers Make Golf Outing A Huge Success
Rick Campos, Chairman
I’s like to thank all the volunteers who Churilla, Dorine Godinez, Paul Longest Drive, # 4: Jethro Summers
worked the golf outing that day. With- Johnson, Deana Peters, Jovita Salinas, Longest Putt, # 9: Ken Warstler
out their work there wouldn’t be a golf Gerald Strauch, and Steve Vuckovich. Closest to the Pin, # 6: Jeff Payonk
outing. Luis Aguilar and Steve Wagner We had 144 golfers tee off under Longest Drive, # 16: Rick Woloszyn
on the grill. Ernie Barrientez who made beautiful weather.
the “Fabulous Chili”. My wife, Jackie Longest Putt, # 13: Mike Haney
Campos, Darrell Reed, Fidel Azcona, Best Score, team: Jethro Summers Closest to the Pin, # 12: Don Seifert
Marlene Berwald, John Bobby, Ken Best Handicap Score, team: Al Pena Hope to see you next year
Steelworker Page 17
4th Quarter Retirees
ADAIR, KENDALL R - 34 - 80 INCH GARZA JR, LUCIANO - 33 - 80 INCH REIMER, JAMES A - 30 - #2 STEEL
HOT STRIP MILL HOT STRIP MILL PRODUCING
ALDABA, SANTIAGO - 36 - 12 INCH GRESKO, JOHN J - 30 - MEU ROGERS, RONNIE T - 30 - IH7
BAR MILL SHOPS-MACHINE SHOP BLAST FURNACE
ALICEA, WILLIAM - 32 - 12 INCH GROESCHE, RONALD F - 30 - #4 ROMAN, JUAN - 31 - 80 INCH HOT
BAR MILL STEEL PRODUCING STRIP MILL
BAILEY, RONALD J - 32 - 80 INCH GUZMAN, JOEL R - 35 - 80 INCH SALAZ, MICHAEL J - 32 - GALVA-
HOT STRIP MILL HOT STRIP MILL NIZING
BIGBIE, LARRY G - 31 - FINISHING - HAVIZA, KATHERINE M - 30 -IH5&IH6 SANDOR, ROBERT A - 35 - MEU
#3 CSE BLAST FCE/3 SINTER PLT SHOPS-MACHINE SHOP
BOND, CAROL L - 30 - ROLL SHOP JONES, HOWARD - 37 - NO. 2 COLD THOMAS, JAMES B - 38 - #2 STEEL
#5 STRIP PRODUCING
BOND, WILEY B - 35 - INTERMEDI- KAYTAR, WILLIAM - 32 - MEU FIELD TILLMAN, RONALD H - 40 - IH7
ATE - #3 CSW FORCES-FIELD SVCS BLAST FURNACE
BRANDT, MICHAEL E - 32- COATED/ KISS, JOSEPH - 30 - INTERMEDIATE TURNER, JOHN D - 35 - MEU
CONTINUOUS - #3CSE - #3 CSE UTILITIES-POWER
CANNER, THOMAS G - 32 - 80 INCH LOYD, HERMAN L - 31 - VELASCO, RUDOLFO - 33 - MEU
HOT STRIP MILL GALVANIZING FIELD FORCES-FIELD SVCS
CHERVEN, PAUL F - 44 - COATED/ MAGER JR, WILLIAM J - 32 - VENTURA, MICHAEL - 30 - MEU
CONTINUOUS - #3CSE INTERMEDIATE - #3 CSW SHOPS-MACHINE SHOP
COGLEY, PAUL J - 42 - 80 INCH HOT MEDINA, MANUEL P - 37 - INT LOG - VERBISH, GEORGE D - 30 - MEU
STRIP MILL TRANSPORTATION SHOPS-FAB & RECLAMATION
COLEMAN JR, SAMUEL - 34 - MEU MENDOZA, HENRY C - 33 - #4 VILLARREAL, VICENTE G - 35 - #4
SHOPS-MACHINE SHOP STEEL PRODUCING STEEL PRODUCING
COOK, ALFRED J - 35 - MEU FIELD MILES, LARRY R - 30 - FINISHING - WASHINGTON, ROBERT E - 33 - #1
FORCES-FIELD SVCS #3CSW ELEC FURNACE & BILLET CASTER
COOK, RODNEY L - 35 - MEU FIELD MORALES JR, GUADALUPE - 32 -80 WILKERSON, JOSEPH P - 35 - #4
FORCES-FIELD SVCS INCH HOT STRIP MILL STEEL PRODUCING
COY, RICHARD A - 30 - #4 STEEL NAPULES, SYLVIA A - 30 - IH7 WILLIAMS, ROSCOE - 31 - #1 ELEC
PRODUCING BLAST FURNACE FURNACE & BILLET CASTER
CRUZ, EDWARD - 35 - INT LOGS/ NAUTA III, JOHN - 31 - IH5&IH6 WILSON, SHELBY - 43 - 80 INCH
ESM-TRUCKING MECH BLAST FCE/3 SINTER PLT HOT STRIP MILL
DZIEWICKI, DANIEL J - 30 - PALOS, NORMAN J - 33 - 12 INCH YUHASZ, GARY S - 31 - IH7 BLAST
MEDICAL BAR MILL FURNACE
EARLE, BRIAN R - 35 - MEU PAPPAS, GARY - 31 - MEU FIELD
SHOPS-MACHINE SHOP FORCES-FIELD SVCS
FRYE, BONNIE J - 30 - FINANCIAL QUIROGA, ALFRED - 32 - FINISHING
ACCTG & SVCS (PLANT) - #3 CSE
Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.
George Burns: US actor & comedian (1896 - 1996)
Local 1010 would like to wish our newest, and all previous, retirees
a long, happy and healthy retirement.
14 4th Qtr. 2007
Continued from page 16
Hargrove The Oxford-educated Union since been dropped. An audit of
Miners and Metalworkers Union leader clashed with the govern- the Union books has also shown
leader locked in a fierce struggle ment and Mexico's largest min- that all Union funds have been ac-
with the Mexican government, has ing company, Grupo Mexico, af- counted for. And a court ruling in
won a court order that protects him ter he demanded an investigation April also ordered the reinstate-
from arrest should he return home. into the deaths of 65 workers in a ment of Gomez Urrutia to the top
coal-mine explosion he called "in- post of the Miners Union.
The court ruling, handed down Oc-
dustrial homicide". The fierce struggle between
tober 17 in Mexico, was seen as a
huge victory for the beleaguered The government responded in Gomez Urrutia, the Mexican gov-
leader, who fled to Vancouver last February 2006 by ousting Gomez ernment and the country's largest
year after being accused of mas- Urrutia as president of the Na- mining company has led to wide-
terminding a $55 million money- tional Miners and Metalworkers spread labor unrest and nationwide
laundering scheme involving Union (Los Mineros), which has strikes.
workers' funds. In March 2006, he 280,000 members. His removal
and his family fled to Vancouver accompanied accusations by the In Solidarity,
via the U.S. on a humanitarian visa government of embezzlement of
with the assistance of United Union funds.
Steelworkers. Those charges, however, have
Unionists from Mexico, the US and Canada gather at the ArcelorMittal Sicartsa plant front gate, in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan,
Mexico. The memorial behind them honors Mario Alberto Castillo Rodriguez and Hector Alvarez Gomez, two Union Activists who
were gunned down by Federal troops in April, 2006. Photo: Ray Jackson
Steelworker Page 19
LOCAL 1010 The Bernard Kleiman
STEELWORKER JobLink Learning Center
Executive Board by Steve Wagner, Vice President
Tom Hargrove, President
Steve Wagner, Vice President
Fidel Azcona, Recording Secretary
Rosa Maria Rodriguez, Financial Secretary Beginning January 1, 2008, we have limited Tuition Assistance Funds
Joe Piller, Treasurer
Jesse Cannon, Guide
for recently retired Local 1010 Members!
Jim Gogolak, Inner Guard The Institute for Career Development (ICD) has announced that the Govern-
Luis Aguilar, Outer Guard
ing Board has approved Limited Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Benefits
Ivan Agosto, Trustee
Dorine Godinez, Trustee for recently retired members!
Jerry Strauch, Trustee Effective January 1, 2008 recent retirees may use limited Tuition Assistance
Grievance Committee Funds for up to one year following their retirement date. Please note that this
Dennis Shattuck, Chairman is a major change from the current ICD policy on expenditures for retired
Darrell Reed, Vice Chairman members. This pilot program is limited to the unspent TAP Funds under the
Matt Beckman, Secretary 20% cap from the previous year, 2007. The good news is that our Local
Grievers Joint Committee has agreed to participate!!
The guidelines for this pilot program are:
Mike Bouvat 1. Retirees will be allowed to use up to $1800 in Tuition Assistance for a
Otis Cochran period of one year following their retirement.
Jesse Ramos 2. Funding for this retiree TA benefit will come from JobLink’s approved but
David Hunter unused TA funding from the previous calendar year. (Example: if JobLink
budgets $25,000 for TA in 2007, but expends only $15,000; $10,000 is then
Francisco Godinez available to be spent on retiree TA in 2008, provided that the total amount
Steve Vuckovich spent on retiree TA in 2008 does not push the 2007 amount spent on TA over
the 20% limit.)
3. Since there is a natural limitation on funds, retiree requests will be met on
Joe Woessner, Editor a first-come/first served basis.
More details will follow…check in-plant informational flyers and the
JobLink Website for procedural information!
Now how about the rest of us?
Are you using your negotiated Career Development Program benefits? Many
The Local 1010 Steelworker is the official of us are preparing for the new challenges that await us on the job. Yet others
publication of the United Steelworkers - Local 1010,
AFL-CIO. It is published to circulate information
are preparing for life after we retire from our mill careers. It really doesn’t
of use and interest to its members. Submissions matter what your reason for learning is! If you have a need or desire to
from members are welcomed and encouraged.
This publication is free of charge to all active and improve your skills or learn a new skill, JobLink is there for YOU!
retired Local 1010 members.
Continued on page 12
Mail to: USW Local 1010
3703 Euclid Avenue Change of Address
East Chicago, IN 46312 If you have moved please mail this form, with the mailing label on the back page to Editor,
Phone: 219-398-3100 ext.140 Local 1010 Steelworker, 3703 Euclid Ave., East Chicago, In. 46312
Name_________________________________ Check No._________
Editor’s Note: The opinions of the authors
expressed herein do not necessarily state or New address ____________________________________________________
reflect the opinions of the Local 1010
Executive Board or the Editor. City/State/Zip___________________________________________________
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The United Steelworkers Union -
Today, A Truly International Union
in the state of Michoacan . From Today, we have members through-
September 16-18, about 150 out the United States and Canada,
Union members from as well as in the US Virgin Islands,
ArcelorMittal plants around the Puerto Rico and Aruba. We also
We’ve had a couple of serious in- world met in Montreal. This is have a formal alliance with a
cidents lately at Burns Harbor: the where I met Napoleon Gomez, Union of warehouse workers in the
BOF fireball and the cherry picker exiled leader of the National Min- Dominican Republic.
fall. Both of these could have ers and Metalworkers Union of
been fatalities. We're very for- Because we understand the impor-
Mexico. tance of global solidarity against
tunate they weren't.
Over the years, our Union has global corporations, we have built
Safety must be 24/7 365 days a grown and changed. From the strategic alliances with many
year, on the job and off the job. early years as a Union of workers Unions across the globe, includ-
You must wear your PPE at all in the steel and iron ore indus- ing the Australian Workers’ Union,
times for your own protection. It tries, we have grown to include IG Metall in Germany, Unite in
is your limbs and lives we are try- workers in the can, aluminum, and Great Britain, CUT in Brazil, and
ing to protect. Accidents happens metal mining industries. Many the Miners and Metalworkers
in seconds and we don't have time smaller Unions have merged into Union in Mexico(Los Mineros).
to go put our PPE on after-the- the Steelworkers to build strength This year, we began formal talks
fact. and power. with Unite and Great Britain to
With the last of these mergers, we form the world's first trans-Atlan-
From August 8-11, 2007 a delega- changed our name from the tic Union.
tion from the United Steelwork- United Steelworkers of
ers from ArcelorMittal USA and America(USWA) to the United A Mexican Union leader, living in
Canada went to Mexico to meet Steelworkers(USW) to reflect the exile in Vancouver, is one step
with our brothers and sisters from fact that we are different from the closer to returning home, thanks
the Miners and Metalworkers original union of steel mill work- to a recent court ruling.
Union, Section 271, who are em- ers, and we dropped the “of
ployees of ArcelorMittal at the Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, a
America” because we are also a
Sicartsa plant in Lazaro Cardenas, truly international Union. Continued on page 14
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