Unifor is closely monitoring a recent court decision stripping U.S. Steel retirees of their health benefits, on behalf of 300 Unifor retirees from the former Stelpipe and Welland Pipe plants in Welland.
“U.S. Steel has truly let down the retirees and the people of Welland with its heavy-handed tactics leading to this court decision,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
Ontario Superior Court approved a plan for U.S. Steel to stop paying for health and prescription drug benefits for more than 20,000 pensioners – including 300 at Stelpipe and Welland Pipe.
Unifor Local 523 President Rick Alakas said benefit claims must be submitted by October 31 in order to be paid, and encouraged all retirees to apply immediately for provincial Trillium benefits.