NEW YORK United
Steelworkers union workers at Essar Steel Algoma Inc.s
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, steelmaking operations say the
company has contracted former union members for unionized work,
violating the terms of the USW contract.
The work being done by
contractorsmany of whom are retirees and no longer
dues-paying union membersis generally by union employees,
according to contract guidelines, USW Local 2251 president Mike
Da Prat told AMM.
"This strategy of contracting
out bargaining-unit work is unique in the sense that the
workers used are experienced at the work that the in-house
workers perform, our members," he said.
The local union has requested
arbitration on the matter.
"We have contractual processes
that allow for the outsourcing of work in various
circumstances, such as capital projects and down days, and we
endeavor to maintain these commitments," an Essar Steel Algoma
spokeswoman told AMM in an e-mail.
The company declined further