Someone's got to give in talks

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Some months ago one of the top Ontario labour mediators was assigned to straighten out the mess at Stelco, get people communicating for a change. He only lasted three days and left in disgust. He couldn't get anywhere, and that is a terrible and scary indication of the lousy state of affairs at Stelco.

To be a success in any kind of endeavour you must be able to communicate and to adjust. Apparently Judge Farley feels there hasn't been much success in that area. He has been extremely patient and must be given credit for not lowering the boom in the whole mess. Incidentally, I can't understand why Local 1005 of the Hilton Works didn't participate in any of the talks. Didn't the president of that local even have a full meeting with the members to really discuss this?

According to the local papers, about $80 million has already been spent by Stelco on consultant and lawyers' fees. What they have achieved eludes me. I am no expert in financial or legal affairs, but our present-day society must be in a sorry state when we can't even get together to settle the future of a very important segment of our city.

Someone has to start adjusting and giving in a little. Give an inch and gain a yard for the future. If the present proposition is turned down I doubt there will be any more extensions. Stelco will be wide open for a takeover and perhaps a split up. What will happen to the pension problems is anyone's guess.

Not a pretty thought! So start praying.

Ron Crawford

Someone's got to give in talks

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Some months ago one of the top Ontario labour mediators was assigned to straighten out the mess at Stelco, get people communicating for a change. He only lasted three days and left in disgust. He couldn't get anywhere, and that is a terrible and scary indication of the lousy state of affairs at Stelco.

To be a success in any kind of endeavour you must be able to communicate and to adjust. Apparently Judge Farley feels there hasn't been much success in that area. He has been extremely patient and must be given credit for not lowering the boom in the whole mess. Incidentally, I can't understand why Local 1005 of the Hilton Works didn't participate in any of the talks. Didn't the president of that local even have a full meeting with the members to really discuss this?

According to the local papers, about $80 million has already been spent by Stelco on consultant and lawyers' fees. What they have achieved eludes me. I am no expert in financial or legal affairs, but our present-day society must be in a sorry state when we can't even get together to settle the future of a very important segment of our city.

Someone has to start adjusting and giving in a little. Give an inch and gain a yard for the future. If the present proposition is turned down I doubt there will be any more extensions. Stelco will be wide open for a takeover and perhaps a split up. What will happen to the pension problems is anyone's guess.

Not a pretty thought! So start praying.

Ron Crawford

Someone's got to give in talks

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Some months ago one of the top Ontario labour mediators was assigned to straighten out the mess at Stelco, get people communicating for a change. He only lasted three days and left in disgust. He couldn't get anywhere, and that is a terrible and scary indication of the lousy state of affairs at Stelco.

To be a success in any kind of endeavour you must be able to communicate and to adjust. Apparently Judge Farley feels there hasn't been much success in that area. He has been extremely patient and must be given credit for not lowering the boom in the whole mess. Incidentally, I can't understand why Local 1005 of the Hilton Works didn't participate in any of the talks. Didn't the president of that local even have a full meeting with the members to really discuss this?

According to the local papers, about $80 million has already been spent by Stelco on consultant and lawyers' fees. What they have achieved eludes me. I am no expert in financial or legal affairs, but our present-day society must be in a sorry state when we can't even get together to settle the future of a very important segment of our city.

Someone has to start adjusting and giving in a little. Give an inch and gain a yard for the future. If the present proposition is turned down I doubt there will be any more extensions. Stelco will be wide open for a takeover and perhaps a split up. What will happen to the pension problems is anyone's guess.

Not a pretty thought! So start praying.

Ron Crawford