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Strike Authorization Votes Scheduled for ArcelorMittal Facilities

Strike authorization votes are going to take place for ArcelorMittal steelworkers. Strike authorization votes are going to take place for ArcelorMittal steelworkers. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: September 12, 2018 11:06 AM

Steelworkers who work for ArcelorMittal are being asked to attend strike authorization votes.

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Local 6115 out of Virginia said that theirs is scheduled for Monday, September 17th at their union hall.

The bargaining committee had said last week that this was a possibility, since talks with ArcelorMittal had stalled. The update had said, "If significant progress is not made by early next week, we will return home to deliver detailed reports at membership meetings and seek your support for a strike authorization."

U.S. Steel and its unions returned to the bargaining table Wednesday. The unions have authorized a strike, if leadership believes it's necessary.

U.S. Steel sent a statement on Wednesday, saying, "We have submitted a revised proposal to USW leadership that reflects the ongoing dialogue during our most recent round of negotiations. The revised six-year proposal, which we strongly believe is in the best long-term interest of all U.S. Steel stakeholders, includes a 14% base wage increase over the term of the agreement, guaranteed profit sharing, and healthcare premiums offset with transition payments." It goes on to say that talks continue this week.

Both U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal are operating under contract extensions with their workers.

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