Steelworkers Ratify Four-Year Deal with U.S. Steel

Updated: November 13, 2018 07:13 PM

On November 13th, word came from Pittsburgh that steelworkers have overwhelmingly approved the new labor deal with U.S. Steel.

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Union presidents had flown out to count the ballots, which had been mailed in from members.

The new four-year deal goes into effect immediately, per the statement from the USW. It includes a 14% wage increase over the four years of the contract.

The statement also said the agreement includes a signing bonus. According to the USW, the agreement maintains high-quality, affordable health care and strong retirement benefits. Keetac and Minntac steelworkers will be covered under this contract.

Local 2660 president Cliff Tobey said in a statement, "Because of our members' solidarity across all of our U.S. Steel plants we were able to stop an assault on us by USS and bargain a fair agreement that rewards the hard work of our USW membership. People today should realize unions today are no different than unions were when they were formed, in that they are the only thing that gives workers the power they need to gain fair compensation for the work they do."

ArcelorMittal's unions reached a tentative agreement on Friday November 2nd.

Cleveland-Cliffs and its unions had a ratified deal on October 1st.

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