December 12th, 2017 - Active employees should have received their vacation pay settlement, if any was owed, on November 30th. Retirees will be able to pick up their settlement from the Union office on Albert st. Click here to view the list of retirees that are entitled to receive money from the vacation pay settlement. Contact Janet Sharp to arrange a time to pick up. Janet will be available at the office on December 20th and December 22nd from 9am - 4pm. You can e-mail Janet at or phone her at 905-576-2210 to arrange a time for pick up.

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November 23rd, 2017 - Please click here to read a joint statement regarding the upcoming payout of the vacation pay grievance settlement.  
August 23rd, 2017 - Please click here to read the statement from the Gerdau Workers World Council regarding the recent fatalities in Brazil.  
May 29th, 2017 - check out the Unity Council news page for updates on bargaining at other locations.  
May 23rd, 2017 - please click here to see scholarship opportunities that the USW offers students!  
May 2nd, 2017 - The Canadian National Office of the United Steelworkers is hiring summer students. Click here to view the posting. Deadline to apply is May 10th.  
April 26th, 2017 - Click here to read District 6 Director Marty Warren's statement on April 28th. Click here to read the Gerdau World Workers Council's statement on April 28th.  
April 20th, 2017 - Brothers, due the failure in the Melt Shop, the Company and the Union have agreed to temporary changes in the overtime provisions. This coming Sunday day shift and Sunday night shift, the Company will be canvassing for extra producing shifts in the melt shop that will be paid at double time at the tier one rate for all those that work. If you have any questions - contact a Committeeman.  
February 8th, 2017 - Thanks to Frank and Ed for doing the canvass work and thanks to everyone for giving to the United Way. Our Local Union has been recognized with an exceptional achievment award. Read the letter from the United Way here.  

April 28th, 2016 - April 28th is the Natioinal Day of Mourning when we remember those who have been seriously injured or lost there lives at work. Here is the USW's statement on the Day of Mourning:

December 15th, 2015 - Brothers (and Sister) - recently the Company began handing out a prize for the 4 year safety award.  The award is in recognition of 4 years with "no lost time accidents".  As you may or may not be aware, there have been guys at the plant who have lost time and pay as a result of incidents or injuries that have occurred at the plant over the past 4 years.  As a result, the Union does not believe that this award should be recognized.  We would encourage you to inform the Company that you do not want to accept the award, and instead have it donated to charity on your behalf.  If you have already accepted the award, you can still donate it to a charitable cause.  The celebration of this award would have been encouraged had it not been at the expense of some of our brothers.

In Solidarity


May 1st, 2015 - If you'd like to help stop the sale of Hydro One, join the Public Hydro Coalition at their town hall meeting - Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30PM at the Jubilee Pavilion, Lakeview Park, Oshawa. For more information call 905-432-1269.  

April 28th, 2015 - Today is the National Day of Mourning. On average, we have around 900 workplace deaths annually... IN CANADA! That's almost 3 people every single day. Today we remember those who have lost their lives in an attempt to earn a living, and we resolve to continue our fight for the living.


January 22nd, 2015 - Brothers - Recently, you may have recieved a notice in the mail from the Company regarding the opening of the "pension centre". The Company sent this communication out without our knowledge or approval. Please note that as always, if you have any questions regarding your pension you may contact a member of the Pension Committee. The Pension Committee consists of Denis Kavanagh, Ben Burghout and John Catto.  

November 24th, 2014 - A few other recent retirees.......Congrats guys!






October 9th, 2014 - Congrats on your retirement Ian!

April 28th, 2014 - National Day of Mourning. A day to remember lives lost in the workplace and resolve to prevent future tragedies.

From the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website;

The numbers tell the story. In 2012, 977 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – an increase from 919 the previous year. This represents more than 2.7 deaths every single day.

In the 20 year period from 1993 to 2012, 18,039 people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 902 deaths per year).

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbands and observe moments of silence. Businesses are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries.

CCOHS hopes that the annual observance of this day will strengthen the resolve to establish safe conditions in the workplace, and prevent injuries and deaths. As much as this is a day to remember the dead, it is also a call to protect the living.

April 15th, 2014 - Please note that the start time for the regular monthly membership meeting has changed. Meetings are still on the second Thursday of the month, but now begin at 5:30pm. This change was voted on and approved by the membership at the April meeting.  

February 20th, 2014 - Read this Flyer! Attend the meeting!


January 19th, 2014 - Brothers, Once again we find ourselves in a less than enviable position. After just coming out of our Christmas shutdown, we have had to endure a couple of down days due to gas curtailment and then the fire at the Bar Mill Straightener. We have now been hit with an additional gas curtailment, putting further pressure on our facility. As a result, and in order to avoid temporary layoffs, you have received a call informing you not to report for work until Wednesday. This is something that your bargaining committee has agreed with in order to avoid the layoff. Contact a Committeeman with any questions.

November 7th, 2013 - Fairness Works.  
October 22nd, 2013 - Yesterday we welcomed back 20 guys that have been laid off for more than four and a half years. Glad to have you back brothers!  
September 30th - The EDO Letter of Agreement has not been renewed and for those who are on 12 hour shifts; you will now revert back to the regular 12 hour shift pattern.  
July 2nd, 2013 - Please click here to read the notice regarding the EDO shift schedule Letter of Agreement. The EDO's will be applied to both 2 crew 12 hour shifts and 4 crew 12 hour shifts. The 2 crew 12 hour shift pattern will be Monday to Thursday days and Monday to Wednesday nights.  
June 19th, 2013- The Letter of Agreement that was signed on March 19th (see below) has been extended for 2 more weeks and will expire on July 6th, 2013.  
May 22nd - Click here to read the letter of Agreement that was signed on March 19th regarding the reduced hour schedule. This letter will continue in effect until June 22nd.  
May 10th - Brothers, we have a new Collective Agreement. The vote on the Tentative Agreement today resulted in an acceptance of 92%. On behalf of your Negotiating Committee thanks for your continued support.  
May 6th - The Ratification Meeting will be held on Friday May 10th at 10:00 am at Heydenshore pavilion in Whitby which is located at 589 Water Street.  
May 2nd - Click here to read about the Tentative Agreement. Check back soon for more details.  
May 1st - Details below on the Celebration of Life for Ron Thomas.

THOMAS, Ronald -
Thomas_RonaldRetired Lasco Steel employee of 35 years.

Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa on Thursday March 28, 2013 at the age of 66.
Dearly loved by wife of 48 years, Marilyn Thomas of Oshawa.

Loved father of Rhonda Thomas (Sara) of Cobourg, and Ron Thomas (Tamara) of Bowmanville.
A wonderful grandfather to Mitchell and Jayden.
Forever loved by his parents, Dorothy and the late Arnold Thomas of Sackville.

Survived by his brothers, Arnold of Ontario, Trevor, Bob and sisters Elizabeth and Shelley of New Brunswick.
Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will be received for a Celebration of Life, at the Moose Lodge (731 Wilson Rd S. Oshawa, ON) on Saturday May 25th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Memorial donations may be made to ALS Society or Autism Ontario.


April 28th, 2013 - Today is the National Day of Mourning. A day to remember those workers who were killed or critically injured at work. This is from the Canadian Labour Congress;

Day of Mourning

Is Today the day you die at work?

Over 1,000 Canadian workers are dying every year. In Canada, four workers die each day.

The number of people killed at work each year in Canada has risen for the past 15 years. This is in contrast to almost every other OECD country where the incidence of workplace fatalities is declining. In 2007, according to the latest report from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, 1,055 people lost their lives at work. That's four people every work day. Dead because their workplace was not safe.

Dead because they got injured. Dead because they got cancer. Dead because they were attacked.

Four people every day who never come home again. Dead because their employer failed to ensure they were safe at work. In addition to these workers killed at work, there are many others where the death goes unreported if they die of a disease unrecognized as an occupational disease.


April 17th, 2013 - Click here for the latest update regarding negotiations.  
March 22nd, 2013 - Click here to read the latest update regarding the ongoing contract negotiations.  
March 20th, 2013 - Click here to read an update regarding the extension to the current shift schedule for 2 crew 12 hour shifts.  
February 27th, 2013 - Click here to read an update regarding the ongoing contract negotiations.  
January 25th, 2013 - Click here to read an update on bargaining in Columbia from the Gerdau World Workers Council.  
January 16th, 2013 - Click here to read the update regarding a Letter of Agreement on the reduction of hours.  
January 11th, 2013 - Click here to read the update regarding the current situation regarding the reduction of hours.  
November 1st, 2012 - Frank and Ed are currently canvassing for the United Way. If they haven't found you yet.....they will! Please give.  
July 24th, 2012 - Click here to view the notice on chin straps.  

April 18th, 2012 - Click here to view the agenda for the National Day of Mourning ceremony which will take place Saturday, April 28th at Oshawa City Hall. The National Day of Mourning will be observed at the plant on Thursday, April 26th at noon. There will be 2 minutes of silence.

Workers' Memorial day was started by CUPE in 1984 and the Canadian Labour Congress officially declared it an annual day of remembrance in 1985 on April 28th. In December 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, so that on April 28th, 1991, it was officially the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace; making April 28th an official Workers' Mourning Day.

Our facility has had it's share of fatalaties over the years. April 28th is a day to remember the dead and to fight for the living.


March 9th, 2012 - At the Union meeting on March 8th, Martine Fournier from the United Way presented a couple of awards to local 6571. Denis accepted the first award which was presented to the local from the United Way in appreciation of all the donations that our members made this past year. The second award was presented to Ed Kelly. Ed recieved the award "for service above and beyond". Ed did the plant canvass by himself this year and thanks to donations from our members, helped our local to increase our donations from last year - way to go Ed!

March 1st, 2012 - Nominations for the following Executive Offices and Committee Positions will take place on March 8, 2012 at 125 Albert St. in Oshawa during the monthly Membership meeting. All candidates shall be nominated from the floor at this meeting.

Executive Offices:
Vice President
Recording Secretary
Financial Secretary
Inside Guard
Outside Guard
Trustees (3)

Committee Positons:
Negotiating/Grievance Committee (5)

September 27th, 2011 - Brothers, As a result of numerous and ongoing violations and the failure to adhere to the conditions of the Call Board Letters of Agreement, your Negotiating/Grievance Committee has informed the Company in writing that it will not be renewing the Production and Maintenance Call Board Letters of Agreement after September 30th, 2011.  
August 29th, 2011 - Local 6571 is proud to have one of our members running as the NDP candidate for Durham riding. James Terry will be at our union meeting next Thursday, September 8th, to give a presentation on his campaign. Please come out and show your support. You can learn more from his web site which is  
August 25th, 2011 - Click here to watch the theme video from the 2011 USW Constitutional Convention titled "The Fighting Spirit"  
July 26th, 2011 - Click here to read the latest report from the Gerdau Workers' World Council.  

June 20th, 2011 - Last week, an employee of the Gerdau plant in Reynosa Spain was fatally injured. The Union at the plant conducted a 24 hour strike after the body of 40 year old Raul Gonzalez was discovered. Details at this point are still a little sketchy as the government agencies are still investigating and we will pass along more details as we receive them.

June 14th, 2011 - Click here to read the latest newsletter from the Eastern Ontario Area Council  
May 17th, 2011 - Click here to read the report from Chuck Nippoldt and Pete Mandryk, representatives of the Unity Council at the CNM/CUT Convention in Brazil.  
May 2nd, 2011 - As the last post stated, and as you all know, April 28th has been the National day of Mourning for the past 25 years.  This day was created to remember the people who have given their lives at work, and to create awareness about how many people actually die at work every year.  Izydor Sztajdocher, Alexander Connelly, David Maitland, Ernie Hoffman and Bill Puddister are the names of workers that have lost their lives at our facility.  Last Thursday, rather than honouring the day of mourning, our company instead declared April 28th to be “World Safety Day” and had what they called a “safety celebration”.  This is another example of how their corporate safety agenda completely flies in the face of everything that we stand for as workers.  Behavioural based safety (blaming workers for accidents instead of fixing hazards), a safety bonus which discourages reporting and now a “safety celebration” instead of showing respect to those who didn’t get to go home from work.

The Union side of the JHSC, expressed their disgust upon hearing of the company’s plan. They asked that the company respect the original intent of the April 28 Day of Mourning, now recognized as a day of remembrance in over 80 countries world-wide and not a “celebration”. It is certainly a collection of sick minds that have no respect for the pain and sorrow suffered by all those that have been affected by the death or injury of a worker and instead, try to call this a celebration. This is the same bunch of non-caring individuals that tried ramming “Mutual Respect” down your throats. This is an example of the complete lack of respect that they have for you. They owe the world an apology for their reprehensible display of thoughtlessness, what’s next, a November 11 celebration? Appalling.

April 28th, 2011 - the Day of Mourning ceremony took place today at the Steelworkers hall on Albert street in Oshawa. Normally it would occur at the Workers Memorial on King street, but was moved due to high winds. Every year IN CANADA a thousand workers die due to workplace injuries and disease. The Day of Mourning was started over 20 years ago by the Canadian Labour Congress to remember those who have lost their lives at work. Today, April 28th is recognized by over 100 countries around the world as The Day of Mourning.