Steelworkers Welcome U.S. Steel's Recall of 800 Workers, but Remain Guarded

    HAMILTON, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - "We are pleased with U.S. Steel's
announcement that they will be calling back approximately 800 workers at the
Hilton Works facility," said Bill Ferguson president of United Steelworker
(USW) local 8782.
    However, those 800 workers are only half of the 1600 unemployed U.S.
Steel workers.
    "USW, and all Hamilton families, greet this announcement with very mixed
emotions. We are very pleased for these 800 workers and their families. Living
on Employment Insurance is a very difficult thing for any family. However, we
know the other 800 families continue to suffer without a job," added Ferguson.
    Ferguson also expressed serious concerns that U. S. Steel has
simultaneously decided to start steel making production at a U. S. Steel
facility in Illinois while continuing to keep idle the Lake Erie Works
facility in Canada.
    This is particularly concerning given that Lake Erie is one of the lowest
cost steel producers in North America. Given this efficiency, USW believes
U.S. Steel should give Hamilton area workers their fair share of work.
    USW area co-ordinator, Tony DePaulo, added: "It is great that so many of
our workers at the Hamilton location are being recalled. However, for the sake
of the workers, I hope this action by U.S. Steel is not part of an effort to
manipulate their responsibility under the Employment Standards Act concerning
severance payments. If it were, it would be a very cynical action by U.S.
Steel that would destroy any trust from the workers, and would warrant a
government response."
    "The workers have accepted this announcement in good faith, we trust that
U.S. Steel made it in good faith," said DePaulo.

For further information:

For further information: Bill Ferguson, (905) 537-8782; Tony DePaulo,
(905) 869-0760

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