Presidents Message

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

 Good evening all. 

 The schedule is posted.  We tried to keep as many people as possible.  

 I’m sorry to say, this is one of the worse cut backs I have ever seen! We can thanks Covid for this!! We will be left with about 61 people in the plant and 94 laid off. The company feels it should be short lived for the most part. They feel that furnace, bundle and Wiredrawing should ramp up a bit in the next few weeks. That comes from sales to management to union. So let’s hope they are correct. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

There is a lot of questions regarding the SUB pay. I have inquired from our USW staff and National office.  

 When applying for EI, after March 15,2020, you are directed to the CERB program automatically.  The CERB disqualifies you from earning the SUB pay.

 Why? The Federal government doesn’t consider the unemployment situation due to economy or a market situation, they consider it due to Covid-19 and apparently that changes the definition. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Great news!! 

 We recalled 3 people for Bundle and utilities. 

 There will be pedestrian walkway painting next week that added two people and bundle was increased by one per shift. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Good news! 

Next week stays status quo!! No layoffs!! 

 As far as Covid-19 related, we continue to meet Isabel and Nadia daily on any issues. The company has received the new thermometers. The procedure now is, if you test high temperature, you are to pull over, wait 10 minutes out of your vehicle or in your vehicle with heat off. They believe the heat on in your vehicle are giving false readings. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Hi all. 

 We are facing some challenging times and I’m sure most of you have heard, it so I won’t sugarcoat anything! 

 We dealt with some serious cut backs today  in oil temper, bundle,  #2 cleaning line and shipping/Rod and bar. Wire draw is running pretty much full out for the time being. 

 Unfortunately I don’t have a schedule as the company would not send it until they contacted those being laid off. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Hi all. 

 Some changes to the Covid-19 procedure and info. 

 Screening will now be done at the guard shack. We have had many people miss the screening at the front entrance. To ensure we continue to reduce the risk. There may be a back log as the weather may play a part and you may have to enter the guard shack to complete the screening process. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Good afternoon all. 

 As I mentioned last night, here is the updated schedule and we were able to scale down the layoffs to 13 for the next schedule. 

 Here is detailed action of applying for EI with and without going on EI sick leave and what information you will need. This is the email from Peter. Thank you again brother!! 

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Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Good evening all. 

 I’m sure most have received information on the layoffs. There is a preliminary schedule but there will be some shift changes and I’ll send out tomorrow.