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Posted August 6, 2009
Lock Out

Workers at U.S. Steel say "We need an employer that will put us back to work - as was promised to the federal government."

HAMILTON - As Lakeside Steel files in court for a chance to purchase the former Stelco, the United Steelworkers employees remind Minister Clement and the Canadian public that in keeping with U.S. Steel's promise to the government of Canada the workers should be brought back to work now.

"The Steelworkers will work well with any company that is willing to work with us, honours our collective agreement, funds our pension plan, and demonstrates a commitment to the community," said Bill Ferguson, President United Steelworkers Local 8782.

"For a company to live up to its commitments to workers and community is what we call the 'net benefit to Canada test'. That is the test the federal government is required to enforce with foreign takeovers of Canadian resource companies, like Stelco," insisted Tony De Paulo, United Steelworkers Area Co-ordinator.

"U.S. Steel failed that test when it locked-out its remaining employees, after laying-off more than 800 workers," said De Paulo. "Breaking its promise of employment and output guarantees puts U.S. Steel in default of that requirement."

"What is important for the community, the workers and the economy is to have our members back at work and an employer that is committed and able to keep our plants operating now and in the future," said Ferguson.

"If U.S. Steel can live up to this test, as it promised, it should - and it should do it now. If Lakeside Steel is able to meet that test, and is able to operate the plants effectively, we are more than willing to work with it," said Ferguson.

"It's time that Minister Clement stood up for Canadians and their families, and intervened in this lock-out and ordered U.S. Steel to get back to the bargaining table," said Wayne Fraser, Ontario & Atlantic Canada District Director for the Steelworkers.

"Our workers show up for work on time, U.S. Steel should show up on time to keep its promise," reminded De Paulo.

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