ArcelorMittal Steelworkers: Preparing for Potential Labor Dispute

The union is starting to prepare more for a potential labor dispute with ArcelorMittal. The union is starting to prepare more for a potential labor dispute with ArcelorMittal. |  Photo: WDIO File

Updated: September 26, 2018 08:35 AM

The USW sent a new update on Wednesday, saying that ArcelorMittal continues to make demands for deep concessions. And now, the bargaining committee is returning home to their locals, where they will start distributing picket duty surveys. Members are being asked to return those completed surveys as soon as possible.

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Also, USW leadership have started discussions with management about the orderly idling of the plants and equipment, to protect them from the elements and facilitate a safe and efficient restart.

According to the statement, in the coming days, they will begin preparations in the event of a labor dispute and may begin some informational picketing. "Although we remain hopeful that management will change direction before forcing us into a labor dispute, we should ready ourselves, our families and communities."

The contract with ArcelorMittal expired September 1, but the two sides agreed to work under a contract extension. Strike authorization votes took place last week.

ArcelorMittal owns Minorca Mine in Virginia.

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