By M. Cook
Workers from USW local 1005 continue to join the picket line everyday, and for good reason.
U.S. Steel has brought over two freighters to begin removing nearly $60 million dollars worth of raw materials – 44,000 tons of metallurgical coke – from Hamilton Works. On the evening of Sunday, March 29, the first ship left before anything could be done.
U.S. Steels actions of removing the coke by night highlight the company’s intentions of trying to crush the workers resolve. Workers have been locked out since Nov. 7, when U.S. Steel walked away from the bargaining table demanding that workers accept concessions to their pension plan.
While The Federal government has brought U.S. Steel to court, they have done nothing to prevent the removal of coke. In addition, the provincial government has done nothing to protect the workers pension rights.
On May Day, the workers are calling on both unionized and non-unionized workers to rally in Ottawa and defend the rights of all.