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Volume 57, No.

4 April 2010

Bargaining Committee resolves • Employees who are re-

called from LOR after April 1,
Optional Life Insurance issue 2010 will have 30 days after be-
ing recalled to make the election
Also, the negotiation tran- without EOI.
script reflecting the Company’s
Joe Hoagland The Bargaining Committee
acceptance of our proposal in-
President cludes a comment by their chief agreed that this would resolve
negotiator that, “ would ap- the issue. We feel that this may
ply to all active associates as of be more beneficial to laid off
1-1-2010.” members.
We have resolved the issue
of the Optional Life Insurance All of this hinges on what Layoff numbers
buy-in without evidence of in- we, and the Company, consider
As of April 5, 2010 we have
surability (EOI) by employees “active”. Within our Union, we
263 members on indefinite lay-
who were laid off-reduction in talk of active members and re-
off, 35 from the Steel Plant and
force (LOR) during the initial tired members. Active members
228 from the Bearing Plant.
sign-up period last December. certainly include LOR members
This problem came to my at- in good standing. Drug testing
tention through contact with a I believe that is what our A reminder about recalls:
laid off member who was denied Summary alluded to. The agree- When you have your medical
the opportunity to buy the insur- ment states “All employees” but exam, you will be tested for al-
ance because of his LOR status. the transcript holds the intent of cohol and drugs.
The insurance agreement the parties.
states: “The Company will pro- The Company offered this A hair test will be done. A
vide all employees an opportu- resolution: urinalysis (USDC) and a Breath
nity to purchase an additional • Bargaining employees who Alcohol Test (BAT) may also be
$50,000 of optional life insur- were laid off during the initial performed.
ance to insure the life of the em- sign–up period who did not have If you take a prescription
ployee. Evidence of the insur- the opportunity to elect this ben- medication and test positive for
ability will not be required if efit will be eligible to elect it that, you must provide docu-
this optional life insurance is upon their recall to active em- mentation of the prescription
elected during the first enroll- ployment without EOI. name and number.
ment window for the newly of- • Employees who have been
fered benefit.” recalled from LOR from January If you can’t, or don’t, pro-
The Company pointed out 1, 2010 until March 31, 2010 vide this information, your test
that our Tentative Agreement will have until April 30 to enroll result will remain being treated
Summary, along with the price without EOI. Those employees as a “positive” and you will be
chart for the insurance stated will be notified by Metlife (our placed in the Drug and Alcohol
“active employees”. life insurance carrier). Program.
Part 2 disabled, or have permanent
kidney failure, or have Lou Geh-
rig’s disease can get Medicare at
Making Social Security fun any age.
By Chris Tunney NOTE: Your current spouse Medicare has four parts:
Associate Editor cannot receive spouse’s benefits Part A is the hospital insur-
until you file for retirement ben- ance that helps pay for inpatient
Last month, I wrote about hospital care and certain follow-
Social Security Retirement Ben- up services.
efits, and a brief overview based Some of your benefits
may be taxable Part B is medical insurance
on Robert Fenn’s presentation
If you are younger than full which helps pay for doctors’ ser-
during February’s Steward’s
retirement age, $1 in benefits vices, outpatient hospital care,
will be deducted for every $2 in and other medical services.
To conclude this month, I
earnings you have above the an- Part C is Medicare Advan-
will finish with a summary from
nual limit. tage Plans, and Part D is the pre-
the SSA Publication No. 05-
scription drug coverage.
10035 regarding Retirement In the year you reach full re-
benefits for family members, tirement age, your benefits will Our retirees need only be
and Medicare. be reduced $1 for every $3 you concerned with Parts A and B.
earn over an annual limit until Parts C and D are covered
Family Benefits
you reach full retirement age. benefits under our Union-nego-
If you are getting Social Se- tiated Insurance Agreement.
curity Retirement benefits, Once you reach your full re-
tirement age, you can keep If you are already getting So-
some members of your family
working, and your Social Secu- cial Security benefits when you
also can receive benefits. In-
rity benefit will NOT be reduced turn 65, your Medicare starts au-
no matter how much you earn. tomatically. If not, you should
• Spouses aged 62 or older; sign up three months before your
About one-third of people 65th birthday, even if you are
• Spouses who are younger who receive Social Security
than 62, IF they are taking care not ready to retire.
have to pay income taxes on
of a child entitled on your record their benefits. If you want more How do you sign up for So-
who is under age 16 or disabled; information on how earnings af- cial Security? You can apply for
• Former spouses, if they are fect your retirement benefit, ask retirement benefits online at:
aged 62 or older, unmarried, and for Publication No. 05-10069, or call
the marriage lasted at least 10 which has current annual and toll-free, 1-800-772-1213.
years; monthly earnings limits. You also can make an ap-
pointment to visit any Social Se-
• Children up to age 18 or up Our retirees do not have in-
curity office, or contact the
to age 19 if they are full time stu- clude their pensions in these cal-
Golden Lodge.
dents who have not yet graduat- culations, because if you receive
ed from high school; a pension from work when you
• And disabled children, paid Social Security taxes, that
even if they are 18 or older. pension will NOT affect your
Social Security benefits.
A spouse who has not
worked or who has low earnings Medicare
can be entitled to as much as Medicare is a health insur-
one-half of the retired worker’s ance plan for people who are age
full benefit. 65 and older. People who are

2 April 2010
Union & Company hold GOLDEN LODGE NEWS
first joint safety meeting Tom Sponhour, Editor
Joe Hoagland, Managing Editor
Ron Roberts, Associate Editor
By Ron Roberts, Chairman The Company members for Chris Tunney, Associate Editor
Golden Lodge Safety Committee the meetings are Larry Marks-
GSP. Carolee Vanicek-HSP, LOCAL 1123 OFFICERS
Joe Hoagland, President
During the course of bar- Nick Valentine-FSP and Vicki Dan Ellington, Vice President
gaining for the 2009 Basic Labor Fulimeni-Timken Co. Industrial Pat Eslich, Recording Secretary
Agreement, the Negotiating Hygienist. Joey Shearer, Financial Secretary
Kathy Boyd, Treasurer
Committee attempted to estab- James Schweitzer, Trustee
The Union representatives
lish a joint Union/Company Susie Camper, Trustee
were President Joe Hoagland,
safety committee. Keith Strobelt, Trustee
Sean Els- HSP, Trish Hostetler- Paul McKenzie, Guide
Such committees are com- GSP and Ron Roberts-FSP. Bill Webler, Outside Guard
mon in Union-represented Bob Seward, Inside Guard
plants including many of We intend to rotate members Published monthly, except July, by
Timken’s competitors. The Ne- of our safety committee to these the United Steelworkers, Golden Lodge
meetings. These meetings are Local 1123, AFL-CIO, in the interest of
gotiating Committee was suc- its members and to further the aims and
cessful in establishing quarterly baby-steps to the ultimate goal programs of the Union.
meetings with the Company to of making our workplace safe. If USW Local 1123 represents bar-
address safety concerns. The you have concerns that should gaining unit workers at the Canton, Gam-
be topics of discussion at the brinus, and Faircrest Ohio plants of The
first of these meetings was held Timken Company.
March 5. joint meetings, please contact a
member of the Union safety USW Golden Lodge Local 1123
Goals for the meetings were 1234 Harrison Ave. S.W.
committee or call the Union
agreed to include: Canton, OH 44706
hall. The next meeting is sched- (330) 454-6137
• To increase participation in uled for May. Fax (330) 454-3461
Timken Company safety initia- Email -
tives. Steel Mill steel toe
• To increase reporting of health shoe allowance are Union-made in the USA. If
and safety hazards to manage- Speaking of negotiations, we they cost more than $100, it may
ment and communicate resolu- bargained for a yearly $100 safe- well be worth the investment.
tion. ty shoe allowance towards the
purchase of safety footwear. The
• To focus on improvements for
Company declined.
the future to provide for a safer
workplace. Recently they have started a Comments?
• To increase communication $100 voucher program for spe- Suggestions?
between the Union and the Com- cific steel toed shoes, not previ-
(Address changes, too)
pany. ously provided, for the steel mill
purchased from Stauffer Safety.
The Union submitted an
agenda of specific issues out- The dates for purchase are
lined by the safety committee April 1-16, FSP, April 19-30,
members from the plant divi- HSP and May 3-14, GSP. Shoes
sions. Some of the issues were will be replaced on a as needed
immediately addressed and basis after that. Contact Golden Lodge
some are still in process as “ac- by email at:
One of the vendors is
tion items”. Thorogood shoes. Some styles

April 2010 3
Setting the record straight:
What you need to know about
Health Insurance Reform
President Obama has signed historic health insurance reform legislation, a massive bill that will help
most Americans have health care. The International Steelworkers Union in Pittsburgh is working hard to
dissect every word to determine what it means for you and your families.
Here’s what we can tell you now:
What this means right now for union-negotiated plans and VEBAs:
· You will NOT lose your union-negotiated private health insurance plans because of reform. Nothing
in this bill changes our right to collectively bargain health plans and employers cannot drop existing
plans because of reform.
· Current collectively bargained plans are grandfathered, meaning much of the new law does not
apply to those plans until after they expire.
· We will NOT let employers or insurance companies use reform as an excuse to bully us into unneces-
sarily expensive premium hikes. Don’t let them threaten or intimidate and keep our members informed to
combat this.
· NO high-cost benefits will be taxed under provisions in the Senate reconciliation or “fixes” bill until
at least 2018, and the impact of the tax on insurers should be lessened through a variety of changes and ex-
emptions. That bill is expected to be passed by this weekend.
Here’s how reform helps you and your family this year, even under current collec-
tively bargained plans:
· Children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. In the
coming years, pre-existing condition discrimination will become a thing of the past for everyone.
· Health care plans will allow young people to remain on their parents’ insurance policy until their
26th birthday.
· Insurers will be banned from dropping people when they get sick.
· Adults who are uninsured for six months or more because of pre-existing conditions will have access
to affordable insurance through a temporary subsidized high-risk pool.
Here’s how reform helps our retirees:
· Effective 1/1/11, co-pays for preventive screenings will be eliminated to help older Americans more
quickly and affordably identify and treat diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
· Cuts wasteful spending to extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund so seniors can better afford pre-
miums which have doubled over the past eight years.
· Reduces costly health problems by assisting pre-Medicare retirees with insurance costs and banning
discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.
· This year, this bill will provide help for early retirees by creating a temporary re-insurance program
to help VEBAs and employers offset the costs of providing healthcare benefits for retirees age 55-64.

4 April 2010
Reform immediately begins to lower health care costs for American families, small
businesses and retirees:
· This year, small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35
percent of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.
· This year, new private plans will be required to provide free preventive care.
· The Secretary of Health and Human Services will set up a new Web site to make it easy for Ameri-
cans to seek affordable health insurance options. The site will also include helpful information for small

Ohio will not challenge Health Reform law

Ohio will not join other state lawsuits filed to prevent implementation of H.R. 3590, the Patient Pro-
tection and Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Richard Cordray has announced.
“Based on my review of Ohio law and H.R. 3590, and my experience with federal constitutional law, I
do not believe that the lawsuits filed against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have any le-
gal merit whatsoever,” Cordray said. “As a result, I believe it would be a waste of taxpayer resources for
Ohio to join any such lawsuit, and we will not be doing so.”
Cordray said he drew upon his experience as an appellate lawyer and law professor to research the re-
quest and make his decision. “I had the good fortune to clerk for two United States Supreme Court justic-
es, Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. These justices – appointed by Presidents Kennedy and Reagan,
respectively – each taught me to review constitutional challenges to federal laws with great care, always
keeping in mind the proper balance of power between the states and Congress within our federalist sys-
Cordray addressed the two constitutional claims raised in the lawsuits:
Commerce Clause: “For 70 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has read the Commerce Clause broadly to
authorize Congress to address our most pressing national economic concerns. In fact, during George
Washington’s first term as President, under the Second Militia Act of 1792, Congress explicitly required
many Americans to make an economic purchase: of a gun, ammunition, gunpowder and a knapsack to be
properly prepared for military service. In the health care law, the individual mandate is inextricably inter-
twined with the comprehensive economic approach that Congress adopted to fix the deep flaws in our
current health insurance system, which affects one-sixth of the American economy.”
Tenth Amendment: “For those who contend that the states alone can address insurance problems,
the logic of their position is that we are condemned, forever, to an unsatisfactory ‘patchwork quilt’ of
conflicting provisions and mixed results. This is precisely why our Founding Fathers rejected the anemic
Articles of Confederation as inadequate, authorized Congress to legislate on matters of interstate com-
merce, and then made its laws supreme, notwithstanding any state laws to the contrary.
Nobody can seriously argue that the health care industry operates only in ‘intrastate’ commerce, and
the mandate provisions in this bill cannot be effectively disentangled from the comprehensive economic
approach that Congress adopted to fix the deep flaws in our current health insurance system.”
“Critics of the new law argue that the Tenth Amendment does not permit Congress to require states to
establish insurance exchanges. But the law does not require that; it provides the states with a choice, and
if they decline, the federal government will take on that responsibility. Just as Medicaid is a voluntary
federal-state program whose constitutionality has been upheld by the courts, the health care reform law is
entirely consistent with the Tenth Amendment.”

-From the Ohio AFL-CIO, the Workers’ Voice

April 2010 5
forced them into the Humana

I.W. Abel
Chapter Advantage Plan, such as the OP-
1/27 ERS, which my wife belongs to.
She has already seen changes in
her coverage.
Ohio Alliance for Retired The corporate arrogance of
Americans takes action Humana is another example of
why health insurance reform is
By Jim Reed a 60 day period, the pre-existing needed.
condition precluded them from United Health Care is anoth-
The Ohio Alliance for Re- coverage, and has caused the
tired Americans (OARA) of er top health insurance compa-
workers medical debts. ny, supported by AARP, that
which Soar Chapter 1-27 is a
member, has taken action in re- One employee that was inter- threatened patients in Central
tirement security causes. viewed, had 35 years of service Ohio and with the loss of access
when he found out the company to their doctors, and hospitals
In Canton, retirees and was going to file bankruptcy. He when it did not get its way in
former workers at Stark Ceram- lost his pension, and insurance price negotiations with Ohio
ics have finally found a law firm, coverage, and ended up with a Health Care.
and filed suit against the owners heart attack. Since then, he has
and top management of the The Ohio Department of In-
lost his home, and all his sav- surance fined the corporate gi-
bankrupt firm. ings. ant a quarter of a million dollars.
This company organized by This is what the ARA is
the Steelworkers, went bankrupt What to say when someone
fighting for. It could happen to says health reform is bad for
several years ago, and offered any one of us. The ARA is in op-
workers COBRA to keep health seniors:
position to Medicare Advantage
insurance. The workers paid the plans. 1. Tell them that it will begin
COBRA costs but the company closing the “Doughnut Hole” in
never purchased the insurance. The Medicare Advantage Medicare Part D.
program is designed to draw se-
Workers found out they had niors away from Medicare, and 2. Tell them that health re-
no coverage when they were in into private plans, and by receiv- form is a change to allow Medi-
the hospital facing major health ing higher payments from Medi- care to negotiate for volume dis-
incidents like cancer, and a heart care for its services. counts.
attack. The lawsuit is a solidari- 3. Tell them that it will end
ty action of unionized and super- The Ohio ARA is against the
move by pension systems to wasteful taxpayer dollars to the
visory workers to gain back cov- private insurance companies
erage, and the ability to be cov- force all Medicare eligible retir-
ees into advantage plans while who run Medicare advantage
ered. plans.
wasting taxpayer dollars, and
Since the company did not weakening Medicare. 4. Tell them that it provides
buy the insurance for more than help for lower income seniors so
This short-term monetary
savings is the invention of those
MAY LUNCHEON who want entitlement reform, Just a Thought
City Chicken and the privatization of Medi- Change is the way of life,
Scallop Potatoes care. And those who look only
Carrots To the past or present,
To add insult to injury, Hu-
Salad Are certain to miss the future.
mana, has taken a large chunk of
Sherbet -JFK
the retirees from Medicare and

6 April 2010
they can better afford their Part
D premiums.
5. Tell them that it will allow Retirees
you to change your Part D plan Golden Lodge congratulates
anytime during the year, so you the following members who
won’t have to wait until open en- have recently retired and will
rollment if your medical needs FRANCIS J. “FRANK” STEWARD, 82,
Dept. 67, 216 Harrison Ave. SW, Canton, passed now enjoy their union-negotiat-
change. away March 2, 2010. Brother Steward joined ed retiree pension and health-
The truth is, Medicare Ad- the Union in 1948 and retired in 1986. care benefits.
JAMES P. O’CONNOR, 74, Dept. 129, 167
vantage plans are overpaid at Valleyview NW Canton, passed away March 7, Paul L. Barnes, Jr.
least 15 percent more than they 2010. Brother O’Connor joined the Union in
should be. 1964 and retired in 1982. David L. Haas
The recent snow storms
ROLAND REHA 70, Dept. 350 passed Away William C. Howenstine
March 7, 2010. Brother Rhea joined the Union
caused another cancellation for in 1974 and retired in 1999. Lawrence I. McFarland
our program, but President Max- JAMES C. BRACKEN, 88, Dept. 36, 3181
ine Holmes made some calls and Folsam Rd. NW Carrollton, passed away March
7, 2010. Brother Bracken joined the Union in
we had some fine entertainment 1941 and retired in 1971.
before our regular meeting was CHARLES R. DeROY, 68, Dept. 67, 1982
held. Masters Point Cr. SE, Massillon, passed away February 3 Meeting
March 12, 2010. Brother DeRoy joined the
A group known as “Jim Gul- Union in 1964 and retired in 2001. Nick Kotema
lian and Friends,” had feet tap- RICHARD TALBERT, 78, Dept. 72 2061 *Jeff Spurrier
ping, and hands clapping, and Neimans Ave. SE, East Canton, passed away *Michael Kemp
March 15, 2010. Brother Talbert joined the *Scott Jacob
even dancing to some down
Union in 1959 and retired in 1994.
home country, bluegrass, and **Brett Govins
CARL WILLIAMS, 81, Dept. 129, 4656 5th
gospel music. St. NW, Canton, passed away March 16, 2010. February 17 Meeting
Brother Williams joined the Union in 1953 and Chuck Morris
The weather may have been retired in 1991.
cold outside, but they warmed Andy Schneider
THEODORE HUFFMAN, 91, Dept. 82, 1998
things up on the inside. Jim did Central St. #409, Ashland Ohio, passed away Tony Wojtaszek
the vocals, and played guitar, March 16, 2010. Brother Huffman joined the Carol Klemens
Union in 1942 and retired in 1981. Mike Volak
while his other brother played
JAMES JOHNSON, 69, 915 Summerdale Ave.
the Mandolin. NW, Massillon passed away March 23, 2010.
March 3 Meeting
Once in awhile they would Brother Johnson joined the Union in 1969 and Mike Volak
retired in 1999. Dean Sills
trade instruments. Jim said his
LESTER M. JONES JR., 62, Dept. 72, 1934 ***Paul Muller
other brother was the brother Superior NE, Canton, passed away March 23,
that his mom didn’t know she 2010. Brother Jones joined the Union in 1966 ****Chris Tunney
had. and retired in 2000. ****Scott Albertson
DANIEL KOVACH, 86, Dept. 350, passed March 17 Meeting
A bag auction was later held, away March 24, 2010.
and some lucky members went ****Sean Els
JOHN J. ABEL, 82, Dept. 188, passed away
home with some nice gifts. March 25, 2010. Brother Abel joined the Union ^Brenda Bain
in 1949 and retired in 1987. ^Chuck Morris
Celebrating Birthdays:
DERALD E. POWELL, 78, Dept. 13 211 ^Steve Cowley
Linda Kisela, James Jackson, Donald SW, Canton, passed away March 26,
Jim Klemens
Dan Rossetti and Harold Pyle. 2010. Brother Powell joined the Union in 1955
and retired in 1991. *Donated to Red Cross Haiti Relief
Get Well Wishes to Jess FRANCIS KAHRIG, 72, Dept. 72, 923 Woutat **Donated to Meals on Wheels
Payne and Marge Phillips. Cir. SW Massillon, passed away March 28, ***Donated to Angelo Ginella
2010. Brother Kahrig joined the Union in 1965 ****Donated to Steelworkers Haiti Relief
New Member: Harold Pyle. and retired in 1995. ^Donated to the USO

April 2010 7
Workers’ Comp Institute prepares




union delegates for the real world

After hearing the facts from
both sides the staff hearing of-
“Duke” Ellington ficer issued a ruling in favor of
Vice President & the employee allowing the
Workers’ Comp claim.
Committee Chair
Special guest speakers in-
cluded Ohio Attorney General
The week of March 8, 2010, Richard Cordray, Bureau of
Golden Lodge Workers’ Com- Workers’ Compensation Ad-
pensation committee members ministrator, Marsha Ryan, In-
Ron Roberts, Scott Jacob and I dustrial Commission Chairman,
attended the 40th Annual Ohio Gary DiCeglio, and Ohio Secre-
AFL-CIO Workers’ Compensa- tary of State candidate
tion Institute in Columbus, Maryellen O’Shaughnessy.

Steelworkers Local 1123, Golden Lodge
Ohio. One reoccurring piece of ad-


Over 230 delegates partici- vice from many of the speakers
pated, with representatives from was the importance of reporting
public and private sectors, as work place injuries when they

1234 Harrison Ave. SW

well as many building trades occur.

Canton, OH 44706
unions. An injury reported immedi-
ately is more likely to be allowed
The sessions dealt with pre-
than one that is reported two or
paring and processing claims
three days after it occurred.
and preparing and presenting a
hearing. We would like to thank the
Executive Board and the mem-
Mock hearings were con-
bership for this excellent oppor-
ducted which illustrated to new
tunity to increase our knowledge
Workers’ Comp representatives
of the Workers’ Compensation
what happens during an Indus- May 4
trial Commission hearing.
Please call the Union Hall at SOAR Meeting
Ron, Scott and I were asked 330-454-6137 when you have 12:00 noon.
to represent an employee whose questions pertaining to work re-
claim was disallowed at a Dis- May 5
lated injuries.
trict Hearing (1st level) and ap- Regular Union Meeting
pealed to a Staff Hearing (2nd 7:30 p.m.
May 12
Industrial Commission Staff
Stewards Classes
Hearing Officer Matthew Finne-
9: 00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
gan heard the case and Mark Ad-
ams, an attorney from the law May 19
firm of Adams & Gast represent- Regular Union Meeting
ed the employer. 9:00 a.m.

8 April 2010