Steelworkers Say Lakeside Steel's Commitments to Production Basis of Support



    HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers said today the
union will support Lakeside Steel's bid to acquire the former Stelco's
steelmaking facilities at Hamilton and Nanticoke, based on Lakeside's
commitment to respect the collective agreements, support the defined benefit
pension plans and fulfill production and employment undertakings at both
plants.
    "We are excited by the chance to get these plants operating again and our
members back to work making steel," said Ken Neumann, National Director for
Canada of the USW. "Lakeside Steel stands alone in declaring itself willing
and able to meet this challenge."
    "We have the opportunity to bring a Canadian manufacturing icon back
under Canadian control," said Bill Ferguson, president of USW Local 8782 at
Nanticoke, whose members were laid off by U.S. Steel last spring and then
locked out on August 4 when they refused to accept a package of drastic
concessions to their wages, defined benefit pensions and health benefits. "I
like what I have heard from Lakeside about respecting the union and getting
our members back to work."
    "Lakeside's commitment to work closely with Steelworkers to bring
Hamilton and Nanticoke back to their full potential is exactly what our
members and communities are looking for," said Tony DePaulo, USW Hamilton Area
Coordinator.
    The USW and Lakeside are separately seeking intervener status in the
federal government's lawsuit against U.S. Steel under the Investment Canada
Act. The government contends U.S. Steel, by halting steelmaking operations at
Hamilton and Nanticoke earlier this year, failed to keep legally binding
commitments to production and employment levels in the former Stelco
operations it purchased in 2007.
    The union said it would support Lakeside's application for intervener
status in the case and the proposed remedy of requiring U.S. Steel to sell the
Canadian facilities, and also ask the court to make Lakeside's promises
binding as part of the final order.




For further information:

For further information: Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National
Director, (416) 544-5950, (416) 558-2510; Bill Ferguson, President USW Local
8782, (905) 537-8782; Tony DePaulo, USW Area Co-ordinator, (905) 869-0760; Bob
Gallagher, USW Communications, (416) 544-5966


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