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20,000 Pensioners Lose Health Benefits in Canada


20,000 Pensioners Lose Health Benefits in Canada — United Steelworkers (USW) Ontario Director Marty Warren blames Canada’s federal conservative government for 20,000 pensioners losing their health and drug benefits overnight last week.

Under US Steel Canada’s bankruptcy proceedings the company will be severed from its parent company, US Steel, and allowed to stop paying the benefits, as well as its municipal taxes to the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County.

“Our federal government allowed US Steel to take over some of the most modern and efficient steelmaking facilities in North America, based on legal commitments to workers, pensioners, and communities,” says USW Local 8782 President Bill Ferguson. “It’s time for this government to step up—before this election—and help us save and rebuild this industry.

The province of Ontario will provide $3 million for a hardship fund to help US Steel pensioners pay health care and prescription drug costs. It will only fund costs for about six months.

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