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Vol. 75/No. 6      February 14, 2011

Canada: Steelworkers
rally to defend pensions
Militant/John Steele

HAMILTON, Ontario—More than 5,000 people demonstrated here January 29 in support of 900 workers locked out by U.S. Steel (formerly Stelco) Nov. 7, 2010. The workers are fighting to defend their right to retirement benefits. The U.S. Steel bosses want to eliminate the cost-of-living index in pensions of more than 9,000 Stelco retirees and widows in the Hamilton area, and force new hires to accept a pension without defined benefits, tying their pensions to the ups and downs of the stock market. Organized by United Steelworkers Local 1005 and the Ontario Federation of Labour, 60 busloads of unionists joined the action.


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