There’s no resolution just yet to a United Steelworkers motion seeking the immediate reinstatement of prescriptions and other benefits to Stelco retirees.
That motion has been postponed during a court hearing to give the union and U.S. Steel Canada time to negotiate a solution.
Local 1005 President Gary Howe notes that workers spent years in dangerous mills, and count on health benefits which were “part of their wage package”.
Howe also argues that steel prices have gone up, and the company is now in a better position to meet those obligations.
Also delayed by he courts, is a company motion that seeks to pay bonuses to about three dozen of what it calls its “key employees”.
The judge has extended U.S. Steel Canada’s creditor protection again, this time until the end of November, as it seeks a buyer that will keep the steelmaker in business.