USW Local 1005 President Rolf Gerstenberger Addresses CAW Council on US Steel Lockout

December 3, 2010


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USW Local 1005 President Rolf Gerstenberger Addresses CAW Council on US Steel Lockout
dated December 3, 2010

Toronto, Ontario
December 3, 2010
      

Toronto, Ontario
December 3, 2010



Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "I feel privileged again to have local 1005 here. It is because of their history and 1005 has been trade union history. Community activism, social activism, it is a local union that is built on comparable values that we take great pride in here in the CAW. Rolf Gerstenberger, welcome to the CAW along with the entire leadership of your local union."



 

Rolf Gerstenberger
USW Local 1005 President

       "Thank you very much and you Ken personally, for the opportunity to speak with you so as to strengthen our unity and therefore our strength. Our slogan, the slogan we are taking up in this struggle is; "We are the Spirit of 46 ... Breaking New Ground." History gave its verdict on this in nineteen forty six, right after world war two when the steelworkers and auto workers stood together breaking new ground when we established post-war labour relations. It is these labour relations that are broken beyond repair. I am here to speak to you about our fight at Stelco. I could tell you stories about our struggle with US Steel and its despicable attempt to eliminate the indexing for nine thousand pensioners several of whom go back to the nineteen forty six strike. It is already perfectly clear that these issues that affect our particular circumstances are not ours alone and cannot be sorted out in the course of labour negotiations for new contracts. They require a major political overhaul. They require a concerted effort from coast to coast for laws that stand up for public rights against monopoly laws. I was very pleased to see that our brothers and sisters in Quebec, fourteen hundred strong, gathered at the FTQ convention precisely to make this point that this is a political battle. The Charest and Harper governments must either step up to the plate or they have to be defeated over this issue. And we are faced with the same issue. Governments have to be elected which uphold the public right, not the monopoly right. In this regard Steel workers and Auto workers together play an important role and stand second to none. It is important that workers all across the country know that they are not alone. We have power against these multi-nationals and together we have to exercise it. Thank you very much."


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