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November 8, 2010
Community rallying behind locked out steelworkers
Source: The Spec
By: By Paul Morse

The community is rallying behind steelworkers locked out by U.S. Steel, with people dropping by with sandwiches, coffee and timmies doughnuts.

From the elderly couple who came by with sandwiches early this morning to honks from passing truckers, the support is touching for the 40 pickets outside the Wilckox St. Gate late this morning.

“I’m really proud of the support we’re getting from the community,” said picket captain Gary Seguin just as retired high school principal Dave Hutton dropped off coffee and doughnuts for the locked out workers.

Picket lines at Hamilton’s U.S. Steel Canada plant have been calm today after some 900 workers were locked out by the steelmaker on Sunday.

“There don’t appear to be any issues down there at the moment,” said Hamilton police media officer Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings.

U.S. Steel Canada locked its gates Sunday after a “full and final” offer that involved radical changes to workers’ retirement plans.

Collings said Hamilton police’s key labour relations specialist, who is a civilian, is at the plant’s gates to help monitor picketing.

This is the first time U.S. Steel, formerly Stelco, has locked out workers. Talks between the steelmaker and United Steelworkers Local 1005 hit a major impasse over the company’s demands to close the employee defined benefit pension plan to new employees, who would go onto a defined contributions pension plan.

U.S. Steel’s pension plans are about $1.2 billion short of covering all top-up obligations.



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