USW: Time is Running Out With U.S. Steel

The USW says that time is running out for talks between them and U.S. Steel. The USW says that time is running out for talks between them and U.S. Steel. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: September 19, 2018 10:39 AM

The steelworkers say that U.S. Steel keeps playing a shell game during labor talks, and that time is running out. 

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According to the latest update on Tuesday night, the bargaining committee met with the company again that day, in what has become "a frustrating series of negotiations."

The company continues to insist on a 6-year deal, and demand $9,000 in health care premiums over the life of that agreement, the committee added.

The committee went on to say, "We will keep working, but time is running out. We're going to keep trying for a few more days to be sure we've exhausted every chance to avoid a strike, but soon your local leadership will be back home to walk through the next steps with you. Stay strong, united and determined."

After Labor Day, U.S. Steel locals took strike authorization votes, and it was mostly unanimous.

According to the proposal posted by U.S. Steel, upon ratification, they would restart construction of the Electric Arc Furnace at Fairfield, and provide a $3,000 signing bonus.

ArcelorMittal's unions took their strike authorization votes on Monday, and the bargaining committee will return to the table on Thursday.

The agreements for both companies expired September 1, but they and the USW agreed to keep working under contract extensions.

Cleveland-Cliffs and its unions are bargaining as well. Their contracts expire October 1st.

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