Comment 52002

By mrjanitor (registered) | Posted November 22, 2010 at 13:37:55

I am a member of USW 1005 who has been locked-out. The union executive's push-back to any EI ruling is that US Steel is using the lock-out as a creative lay-off. They are citing that steel production was stopped before the lockout was initiated therefor this is in reality a lay-off. US Steel told the employees the shut-down of the Blast Furnace was due to a lack of steel orders, thus strengthening 1005's position.

I highly doubt there is any chance of the EI action succeeding however there is some justification to 1005's lay-off argument, especially for employees of the Blast Furnace and Basic Oxygen Furnace.

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