Local 1190


It is with our deepest regret that our Union Hall, Local 1190, will be closed down on Friday, March, 22, 2013. This closing is due to our finacial situation. We have been at this establishment since 1951. This Friday will be a very emotional day. Read more >>>

The Wheeling Community has had a significant history, a history that is a legitimate basis of pride for all of us. There are numerous facts that support that statement. They include such divers items as the fact that the Wheeling Steel Co. can trace it's heritage to the very first Iron making co. on the North American Continent, one in which George Washington's father was an inventor, and Wheeling steel, also, produced the nationally celebrated radio proogram "It's Wheeling Steel".[aka 'The Musical Steel Makers"], a unique musical variety program all of whose performers were Wheeling Steel employees and their families. Read more >>>

Revised Schedule for Inswurance Office Effective 1.14.2013 Read more >>>

Local 1190 and Severstal will be meeting for contract negotiations on January 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Weirton WV. See atricle for latest on Mingo Junction.


December 31st deadline for Medical Enrollment

Negotiating Update

 On December 3, 2012 the Negotiating Team will meet in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with Severstal. This meeting is concerning Contactual Issues, including Retiree Health Care and Pension. Please keep coming to the website for more information. 

 (Status of Local 1190)

“We can do as well without the unions”

Medical, Vision, Dental claims that have been denied prior to 8-31-2012.

Veteran's Day Restaurants Serving Free Food To Veterans

Sunday Nov. 11th                         Monday Nov. 12th

AppleBees(  Military id)                Golden Corral(4:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) No ID required

Hooters (ID Required)                            HY-VEE

Krispy Creme  (Breakfast)                  Little Ceasars

Marlborough Pub                             TGI Fridays ( Lunch)

Mccormick & Schmicks (ID Required)     Denny's       ( ID)

Olive Garden                                    Texas Roadhouse   (11a-2p)



 When qualified individuals who are going to their TAA meeting and are interested in the HCTC. You must provide ID and Proof of insurance claim to be able to apply. Bring this information to the meeting to get the process started. 

RG Steel Membership Update Oct. 26, 2012

Brothers and Sisters;
We are writing to tell you about an inappropriate, unfair and outrageous effort undertaken by RG management in the wake of the liquidation of its steel making business.
On October 25, the company filed a motion asking the bankruptcy court in Delaware for authority to implement a Key Employee Retention Plan which would allow RG Steel to pay $767,000 to 21 unnamed salaried personnel if they merely stay through the end of 2012.
Specifically, the company wants to pay a $23,000 monthly stipend for each individual to allow them to purchase health insurance, along with bonus payments to three month’s salary if the individual stays through Dec. 31. Hiding behind the curtain of confidentiality, RG has refused to name these 21 people, but says that these employees perform “essential Functions” related to sales, accounting, treasury, IT and other unidentified “administrative” functions.
The company’s plan to reward a select few people still collecting paychecks from RG with bonuses is a slap in the face and shamefully predictable effort to reward its own. Meanwhile, RG owes Steelworkers and retirees monies for unpaid vacations, severance, medical and other broken promises. In fact, your Union filled proofs of a claim totaling to more than $600 million.
The USW fully intends to make the bankruptcy court aware of our objections to this cash grab. There will be a hearing in Delaware on Tues. Nov. 20, and our legal counsel will be present.
The owners of RG caused harm for steelworkers, retirees, and, frankly, everybody who did business with the company. The Steelworkers who struggled for generations to build and maintain these facilities and are now jobless have suffered far more than any of the unidentified and mysterious 21 salaried workers the company wants to reward, and we will make sure the court understands this.
As always, we urge your continued patience and solidarity as this long, frustrating process continues.
In solidarity, Your Negotiating Committee


PETITION #: T-81880

Wheeling Offices including On-Site Lease Workers from Pro Unlimited and Green Energy Initiatives, LLC Wheeling Wv and Mountain State Carbon, LLC Whoses wages were reported by RG Steel Wheeling, LLV Follansbee , WV

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Negotiating Information

 The Negotiating Committee met with the representivies from Severstal on Oct. 19th at the Comfort Inn in Weirton. Information regarding the Union's stance on the contract offer was discussed and we believe that a fair and equitable contract will be reached. Our next Negotiating Meeting will be Oct. 26th at 10:00 A.M.


HCTC eligibility is as follows, Must be enrolled in insurance and the insurance must accept HCTC.Must be receiving a check from PBGC to be eligible. Also must be TRA-TAA eligible.Since TAA-TRA is accepted, you must have a determination letter that you receive TAA to be able to get HCTC. You must contact HCTC to get an application for enrollment. HCTC contact information 866-628-4282. We will keep you posted on more information as it comes to us here at the hall. Please keep with the Local’s Web site and call the Union Hall for more information 740-283-3356.

The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) recently conducted an investigation in response to the TAA. It has been accepted and the information is as follows in the rest of the article. Read more >>>

Wells Fargo Advisors Announces 401k Info Session
Wells Fargo Advisors plan 401k information session for former employees of RG Steel.

Wheeling, WV (Wednesday, October 10th 2012) – Financial advisors with the Wheeling branch of Wells Fargo Advisors are planning to host several information sessions for former employees of RG Steel to help educate them on how to best handle their 401k plans with the former employer.

Former employees of RG Steel who participated in the 401k with the company will benefit from this information session. According to local Financial Advisor Heidi Koler, “These employees have to make a decision in the next couple of months about what to do with their 401k plans since the company declared bankruptcy.” “This deadline is swiftly approaching,” added Colleen Burgess, Financial Advisor, “and its important for folks to understand their options regarding rollovers and distributions.”

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T.R.A. and T.A.A.

Attention workers at RG Steel Wheeling, LLC
Petition # T-81880
Wheeling Office including On-Site Lease Workers from Pro Unlimited and Green Energy Initiatives, LLC Wheeling WV and Mountain State Carbon, LLC whose wages were reported by RG Steel Wheeling, LLC Follansbee, WV.
All workers laid off on or after 08-07-2011 engaged in production of coke used in the blast furnace for the production of steel and who supplied administrative office service to RG Steel Operating Sites.
Benefit Rights Information Meetings
Thursday, November 8, 2012
9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Friday November 9, 2012
9:00 a.m.

Local USW 1190
277 South Third Street
Steubenville, OH 43952

Negotiating Update

As we stand now the Negotiating Committee will once again meet with Mountain State Carbon on October 19, 2012. We will keep you posted about updates or meeting dates on this website..

Wells Fargo meetings

 I was reached by phone by a wells fargo rep that stated to me. That they will be conducting meetings through out all locals for the 401 k.  They will get with me and I will post the dates and times to each on this site. I was also told that we would have to get the money out by the end of the year. So when i recieve more info i will post it once again. Thanks and have a nice October, look for more info periodically on the site.

T.R.A. and T.A.A.

 According to the Dept. of Labor. Our Petition will be released within the next couple days. We will find out if they accepted it or not. On October 2, 2012 this info was posted according to the Dept. of Labor website. For more info please contact your Union Hall.   Just a reminder this is for the petition # 81880 for the West Virginia facilities.                             Sincerely your Guide Joe Bailey

Pay Checks

I was informed by the company, RG Steel, that pay checks going forward will come from Green Energy not RG Steel and will be paper checks with no direct deposit option. RG will be sending out W2 forms for 2012 sometime in the middle of October so we need to inform our members to look for them. Since there will no longer be a RG Steel, any lost forms will not be replaced. Please use caution and keep these forms in a safe place.

Ernie Gambellin

President 1190

401 K Updates Wells Fargo, RG Steel

As of last Monday everyone will be updated as terminated from RG Steel to entertain their options for the 401k. If members have not received their forms from Wells Fargo you must contact the distribution department 1-800-690-0531. These forms were mailed out to you.   Thanks for your patience and if any questions please call your Union Hall at 740-283-3356.  Your Guide Joe Bailey

Union Membership Dues

Attention: Any working member, who wishes to stay in good standing or wishing to pay dues, may do so at the Union Hall. The flat rate for dues is $30.00 a pay. It will be necessary to bring a check or money order as we are not allowed to accept cash. For any information regarding this please call us at 740-283-3356

Hctc Information

 HCTC Bridge Grant has been Approved for WV, OH, and PA.  This will help individuals waiting on the TRA To go through. This is no longer only for  West Virginia. Thanks to West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, .   For more information please call the Union Hall 740-283-3356

Insurance meetings going to be held

 There are meetings for insurance at certain facilities on the following dates.

Yorkville Vol. Fire Dept. Thursday Sept. 6th at 6:30 PM

Allenport Fire Hall.     Friday, Sept 7th at 10:00 AM

Martins Ferry Local 1238 Union Hall   Friday, Sept 7th at 3:00 PM

Steubenville 1190 Union Hall,  Monday, Sept 10th 10:00 AM & 3:30 PM 

RG Steel-Special Benefits Program Anouncement Letter

The Special Benefits Letter is being mailed out this week.  The letter will outline the programs available to our members. This letter is just an annoucement letter that will be followed by a Benefits Packet listing all meeting dates, times, and locations.  If you have any questions please contact the Union Hall for additional assistance. 


As you are aware we received these documents from the Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. These forms were mailed out individually to all employees. These forms are not to be filled out by us unless you have a personal claim that was not contractual issues... Those of us which has contractual issues need to not fill these out cause the Attorneys for the International have a blanket out for all covered employees under the BLA.

Termination of Benefits Letter

As you are aware of the speculation of the benefits, RG Steel sent out letters that confirmed the termination of our Health and Welfare Benefits, COBRA Coverage, and Termination of 401(k) Savings Plan. As it states and confirms the Benefits will end as of August 31, 2012. We are also going to be receiving a letter of explanation from the International soon as well. If any questions please feel free to call the Union Hall at 740-283-3356. 

Wells Fargo Informational Meeting

Wells Fargo Informational Meeting is being held Thursday August 23, 2012 at 4:00 P.M at the UNION HALL.

Wells Fargo Representative will be here to answer any questions and to assist you with any 401 transactions if needed.



Fellow members, we at the union filed a petition for T.R.A. in West Virginia. Please stay with our website for more information on T.R.A.    Sincerely your Guide Joe Bailey.  petition # 81880. for a reference.  Update of TRA for Ohio, Reference # 71572. Steubenville, MIngo Junction, Martins Ferry, Yorkville. TRA is still available for individuals until May 6, 2013 for those who have not entertained their Training..... IF applicable the website is DOLETA.GOV.  That is Dept of Labor site that deals with retraining and training. also you can search the site for petition numbers which i provided as a reference in previous paragraphs. Once on site click TAA programs to research.


To:    All Employees of RG Steel Who Perform Services at Mountain State Carbon.

From:   Lawrence R. Hermes/ David Fish

Date:   August 13, 2012


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If you need to submit a claim or log in to get information about Ohio unemployment, you can log into the following site unemployment.ohio.gov.  Also there is the West Virginia site as follows. www.wvuc.org.  Also here is the Pennsylvania site www.uc.pa.gov. Read more >>>

These are our current Union officials. These officials are the ones dedicated to making the union a great place to join and to be affiliated with. This union is Hard working and they strive to bring whatever problems you have to justice and they work hard to bring whatever questions you have to the floor and answered with respect and integrity that was bestowed upon them by the international union. They follow the guidelines set fourth in the international bylaws and constitution and fulfill the duties of your local union elected official. Read more >>>

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Today's meeting was very informative, Great information was presented to us from theWells Fargo Representative. Presented to you is a highlight of the information the rep gave us. Read more >>>

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