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USW, U.S. Steel Head back to Bargaining Wednesday

USW and U.S. Steel to resume bargaining on Wednesday. USW and U.S. Steel to resume bargaining on Wednesday. |  Photo: WDIO File

Updated: September 12, 2018 11:56 AM

Armed with the membership's authority to call for a strike, the bargaining committee working on a new labor deal with U.S. Steel is heading back to Pittsburgh.

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According to an update from the USW, negotiations will resume with the company on Wednesday.

Strike authorization votes took place all last week, with most of the votes being unanimous, including the ones for our steelworkers at Keetac and Minntac.

However, the goal remains to reach a fair contract, and the two sides agreed to a contract extension back when the current one expired on September 1.

Wednesday, U.S. Steel sent a statement: 

"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. Talks continue this week, and we continue to work diligently to reach a mutually agreeable conclusion. Our plants continue to operate in a safe and orderly fashion."

Last week, ArcelorMittal's unions sent an update saying that progress for them had stalled, and they could end up returning home to ask for a strike authorization as well. 

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