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20,000 USW-Represented Canadian Pensioners Lose Critical Health & Drug Benefits Due To Harper’s U.S. Steel Sellout

Published Saturday, October 10, 2015
by www.usw.ca/news

(TORONTO) – Canada’s Federal Conservative Government must accept its responsibility for 20,000 Pensioners who are immediately losing critical Health Benefits and Prescription Drug Coverage, the United Steelworkers (USW) said this week.

“There will be (20,000) Pensioners waking up ‘without’ Health Benefits and Prescription Drug Coverage because of the Harper Government’s ‘secret deals’ with U.S. Steel.  It’s a ‘disgrace,’” said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.  “We’re calling on Stephen Harper to directly address this crisis and to take ‘meaningful action’ – before (October 19th).”

The USW will continue to fight to protect U.S. Steel Canada Workers and Pensioners following a court ruling this week allowing the company to stop paying health and other benefits, immediately.

Following the Ontario Superior Court ruling in U.S. Steel Canada’s Bankruptcy Protection Proceedings, Warren said: “U.S. Steel and the Federal Government must be ‘condemned’ in the ‘strongest possible terms’ for ‘callously abandoning’ their commitments and responsibilities, particularly to some of the ‘most vulnerable’ residents of our communities.  We will continue to pursue ‘every avenue at our disposal’ to defend the Jobs, Pensions and Benefits of our Members and Pensioners.”

The decision by Superior Court Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel approved a plan for U.S. Steel Canada to be severed from parent company U.S. Steel.  The court-sanctioned plan also allows U.S. Steel Canada to stop paying for Health and Prescription Drug Benefits for the more than 20,000 Pensioners, as well as to stop paying municipal taxes to the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County.

“U.S. Steel ‘caused’ this crisis because it ‘set up’ its Canadian operations ‘to fail,’” said Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton.  “Now U.S. Steel is ‘walking away’ from this devastation, while U.S. Steel Canada’s restructuring plan ‘targets’ thousands of ‘vulnerable and sick’ pensioners by ‘taking away’ the medical benefits and prescription medications they ‘desperately need.’”

To Read the Rest of This Labor News Story, Go to: www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2015/20000-pensioners-lose-critical-health-and-drug-benefits-due-to-harpers-u-s-steel-sellout

 

 

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