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    Libbey Bankruptcy – August 7, 2020

    As our negotiations with Libbey continue, management continues to tell us that Libbey’s hourly workers and retirees must accept sacrifices, and that if we don't, the federal court has the authority to impose them.

    Your bargaining committee understands better than anyone that if our facilities and our jobs are going to continue to exist beyond the next few months, we need to make changes in our contracts, but management’s demands to date are extreme and are unfair when compared to how they’ve treated others, including management and top executives.

    Libbey’s lenders have imposed a timeline on management to achieve certain milestones in the bankruptcy process. This timeline severely inhibits how much we can hope to preserve in terms of jobs, earnings and benefits.

    For that reason, our goal continues to be that any sacrifices offered by union members are matched by shared sacrifice from management and other and that their business plan secures just as much for the future of our jobs, earnings and benefits.

    We are not fighting to save these facilities for management to turn them over to contractors or for the benefit of the leaders who own the debt we are doing this for our families and communities.

    Stay strong and be safe. We’ll keep you updated as we proceed.

    In Solidarity – USW/IAM - Libbey Bargaining Committee

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    On August 6 we held another successful rally at RWA calling on the Authority to respect essential workers, our families and our customers! We were joined by our families, supports and State Senate candidate Jason Bartlett.

    Rally at RWA

    Jason Bartlett at info picket

    Jason Bartlett at info picket

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    Union Plus Free College Benefit Fall Semester Classes begin at Central State University. 

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    USW Local 5000 members, through Union Plus in partnership with AFSCME, are eligible to complete courses to earn an associate's degree or bachelor's degree completely online and at no cost. In addition, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, spouses, domestic partners, financial dependents, siblings, and parents also qualify for this benefit. 
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    USW Local 5000 members can earn their no-cost associates degree from Eastern Gateway Community College, completely online. Academic programs include Accounting, Associate of Arts, Business Management (with several additional concentrations), Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, Paralegal, Professional Office Management, Teacher Education, Social Work, and more. 
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    USW Local 5000 members can earn their no-cost bachelor's degree from Central State University. Academic programs include Teacher Education, Business Administration, and Criminal Justice. 
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    This Union Plus benefit is part of the extensive collection of benefits that are extended to members of USW Local 5000. To learn more or sign up for classes, visit *www.unionplusfreecollege.org* [1]. 
     
     
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    1:56pm

    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. He did not make a ruling on the issue of SUB-pay as it is outside of the realm of the LMP, addressed in a separate section of the BLA and is currently still in the grievance procedure.  

    As we begin working our way throughout Plate, we have been met with questions regarding order entry. I understand everyone is concerned about lay-offs during these uncertain times. However, while future orders for Plate remain modest, we still anticipate minimal layoffs for the upcoming week.

    We continue to make significant progress in Iron Producing. While we cautiously bring D Furnace up, we are optimistic that we will soon be reaching our production goals. 

    COVID-19 is still a concern for all of us.  It remains crucial we continue to practice social distancing and be diligent in proper hygiene. In areas where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, please use face coverings to protect yourself and others. If you feel you may have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, please call Human Resources at (219) 787-2512. Our respect for each other during these turbulent times will help us overcome.

    In Solidarity, 
    Pete Trinidad Sr. 
    USW 6787 President 

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    *CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER THAT COVERS APRIL/MAY/JUNE OF 2020* =======
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    *CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER THAT COVERS APRIL/MAY/JUNE OF 2020* [1] ===
     
     
     
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