Steelworkers Say No ArcelorMittal Strike Now
Posted at: 08/31/2012 2:56 PM
| Updated at: 08/31/2012 4:36 PM
The United Steelworkers have decided not to go on strike now over stalled negotiations with steelmaker ArcelorMittal.
The USW says in a statement Friday that striking is still an option for the future. The contract, which expires at the end of the day on Sept.1, covers 14,000 employees in eight states - Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Louisiana and South Carolina.
In Minnesota, the facility the company owns is Minorca Mine.
Local 6115 President Dave Bombich said over phone Friday that there is no plans to take a strike vote, and everyone should report to work until they are told otherwise or are locked out.
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal wants to slash wages and benefits and have the unilateral right to cut wages during business slowdowns.
The company said in a statement on Friday evening that they remain optimistic that a fair and equitable settlement can be reached before the deadline, which is Saturday, September 1st at 11:59pm.