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Apr 16, 2009, 8:18 PM
Has anybody heard whats happening with the NSC strike? I have a feeling that the owners ultimate plan is to close down the Hamilton plant and head to the U.S, they already started building a plant in Alabama.

Jan 11, 2010, 3:53 AM
This is good news.

Naomi Powell
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jan 9, 2010)

National Steel Car will recall a total of 1,100 workers, ending a temporary shutdown that began last summer, union officials say.

The rail-car maker landed a contract to build 750 iron ore cars, enough to put about 600 employees back on the job.

That's in addition to the 500 workers the firm already said it would recall to fill an order from the Canadian National Railway, said Ron Wyatt, an official with the United Steelworkers union.

"If they don't get any more orders this will be short-lived, but it puts people back to work for a while," Wyatt said. "We're hoping more orders will come along to keep our people working."

The two contracts will likely keep the Kenilworth Avenue North plant running until May, he added.

About 800 employees will be recalled by February. All 1,100 workers -- nearly every worker at the plant -- are expected to be back by March.

National Steel Car was not available for comment.

The economic downturn has hammered the rail car industry, causing orders to vanish with declining freight loads. After ending a three-month strike last summer, Steel Car employees were laid off due to slumping demand.

The market has been slow to recover since then, Steel Car's Hal Bruckner said after winning the CN order in November.

"The competition drives the price down, so anything that's out there, it's hard to make a profit on it," said Bruckner, vice-president of human resources at the plant.

With production on hold, Steel Car had been running on a skeleton crew of about 100 salaried staff and a handful of hourly workers. It has already recalled about 75 hourly workers as it prepares to resume production in mid-January, said Steve Weller, president of the United Steelworkers union at the plant.

"There's a lot of happy families out there right now."



Dec 12, 2013, 1:37 AM
National Steel Car to lay off 400 at end of week (http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4266426-national-steel-car-to-lay-off-400-at-end-of-week/)
(Hamilton Spectator, Steve Arnold, Dec 11 2013)

National Steel Car will lay off almost one-fifth of its workforce by the end of the week.

Notices are being issued to 400 workers at the Kenilworth Avenue North plant — but roughly half of that number have the hope of a recall early in the new year.

Hal Bruckner, the company's human resources director, said jobs are being cut because an order has ended.

The recall will follow tooling up for a new product.

"This will affect close to 400 people and, for us, that's one whole production line," Bruckner said. "This is a bad timing issue. The timing is very unfortunate."

NSC currently has about 2,000 workers, but employment at the plant rises and falls regularly according to demand for rail cars.

Between January 2011 and August 2012, for example, it hired more than 1,200 people after getting an order for 1,000 cars for Saskatchewan's potash industry.

In January 2010 it recalled 1,100 workers, ending a temporary shutdown that started the previous summer, and then in March announced a layoff for May of that year.

To counter some of that pattern, Bruckner said the company is looking to expand its product line into tanker cars.