National Grid is jeopardizing the safety of our communities by locking out 1,100 of its most experienced employees who are critical to ensuring safe and quality gas work in Massachusetts.

As we all know, there have been challenges due to unexpected occurrences in the primary end. This week has not been an exception. Nevertheless, we will continue to do what’s best for Burns Harbor moving forward.

While we all understand outages are part of the process throughout the Plant, we also need to keep focus on day-to-day tasks which need to be addressed in order for us to remain a world class steel provider.

The 9/1/18 United Steelworkers Basic Labor Agreement (BLA) provides for a profit-sharing pool of 7.5% of the company’s profits, defined as Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT).  The company reported an unaudited Adjusted EBIT of ($-242,359,718.38). As a result, there is no profit sharing for 2nd Quarter.

As we continue to make our rounds throughout the plant, many of you may have already heard, we received the ruling on the LMP Arbitration. Due to the effects of COVID-19 in our economy and steel industry, the Arbitrator ruled the Company’s LMP was more reasonable and will remain in effect. However, we did receive a partial ruling in Burns Harbor’s favor. We are currently in a holding pattern until we receive clarification on the details of this ruling. If there are any disputes concerning the remedy, the Arbitrator maintains jurisdiction for a 90-day period.

There is some confusion regarding the WARN notice for our plant posted on the webpage. The site shows approximately 650 represented employees affected by layoff. Please understand, the Company was required to issue a WARN notice when they began layoffs in April. The notice has been amended due to the running total of layoffs effecting more than 500 employees (most of those affected have already been recalled) and in light of several salary layoffs which were converted to terminations. The state requires this information due to the draw on unemployment.

In the past few weeks, we have been conducting shop meetings in Coke, Iron Producing, Steel Making and the Hot Mill to address questions and concerns regarding current issues. We will continue to hold meetings in the upcoming weeks with Finishing, Plate Mill and MEU.

As many of you are aware, we had an incident in Iron Producing yesterday. We are still in the process of gathering information. We are extremely fortunate there were no injuries stemming from this event.

Resulting from yesterday’s incident there were numerous videos and pictures posted on social media. Please familiarize yourself with the Company’s camera and recording policy. It is important to remember social media is a very powerful tool and we should always make every effort to use it wisely.

Although we are in the midst of the final stage of reopening Indiana, we are still experiencing COVID-19 cases within the plant. Most recently, a contractor in Iron Producing was confirmed to be positive.  Management is contacting those who may have been in close contact, which is defined as less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes per the CDC. If you believe you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you may get tested by setting up an appointment at one of the local testing sites and your results may be read online.

As we approach the close of the second week of June, we are another step closer to the full re-opening of Indiana. We continue to see our Brothers and Sisters called back to work and we are on track for a slow and gradual recovery. However, there are still hurdles we will need to overcome in the consumer market. While price increases have been positive for us, the lay-offs in the automotive industry lasted longer than originally expected, which will more than likely reflect a slow customer demand.