·  by Greg Keenan   ·  Globe and Mail

Union Asks Court to Halt U.S. Steel's Plans to Move Production

The union representing workers at United States Steel Canada Inc. will ask the Ontario Superior Court to block a plan by the company's parent company to shift production of some its highest-value-added steel out of Canada.

The plan to shift production of automotive steel from mills in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ont., to U.S. mills has infuriated the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents about 1,500 workers at the two mills and is fighting to maintain jobs and save pensions at the Canadian unit.

"The USW believes this 'move' by USS [United States Steel Corp.] is designed by USS to have a devastating impact on the revenue earnings and cash flow of Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works at a critical and vulnerable time," the union's lawyer Ken Rosenberg said in a letter Thursday to Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel, the Ontario Superior Court judge who is overseeing the restructuring of the Canadian unit.

"The urgency of this matter supersedes all others before this court regarding USSC [United States Steel Canada]," Mr. Rosenberg said in the letter.

Complete article in the Globe and Mail

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