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Steelworkers: ArcelorMittal Management is Provoking a Work Stoppage

Updated: October 12, 2018 06:47 PM

Things aren't looking good for those waiting for a new labor contract for ArcelorMittal.

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The bargaining update provided by the USW on Friday said that ArcelorMittal's management is "provoking a work stoppage that promises to bring pain to the communities in which it operates." It does not say there is planned work stoppage. 

It goes on to say that the union has pursued every option option to avoid a work stoppage, but the company's demands for concessions "may leave over 12,000 members with little choice."

The update also encourages members to stay strong, and that "we will succeed in our goals as long as we are united."

Both sides agreed to a contract extension, subject to a 48-hour notice if either party intends to terminate.

Steelworkers voted yes during strike authorization meetings last month.

ArcelorMittal owns Minorca Mine in Virginia.

The update comes one day after Cleveland-Cliffs' unions ratified a new four-year deal with that company.

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