A complicated merger

Essar Steel, USW at odds after reorganizing efforts
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/03/2015

As part of its ongoing reorganization, Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., eliminated and recreated a number of positions — a move well within their rights, an arbitrator has decided.

But the United Steelworkers (USW) local 2251 disagreed, launching a grievance in which they claimed the company violated the collective agreement.

The case began when Essar Steel decentralized a certain number of fitter/welder positions by posting a number of department-specific fitter/welder jobs and eliminating the original positions.