US Steel, union reach tentative contract for 18000 workers

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Steelworkers, U.S. Steel reach tentative contract agreement.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. PITTSBURGH (KMOX) – Following what union negotiators describe as one of the most difficult rounds of collective bargaining ever faced, the United Steel Workers bargaining committee announced to its members, Saturday, a tentative agreement with U.S. Steel Corp. and the United Steelworkers union have announced tentative agreement on a new contract covering about 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the country. The contract covers thousands of workers at the company’s domestic flat-rolled and iron ore mining facilities as well as workers at tubular operations in several states. Union president Leo Gerard called it “a difficult year and a difficult round of bargaining” but said he was proud that union members “stood up and demanded fair treatment.”

Steel president and CEO. “We believe this competitive three-year contract further supports the mutual success we have had with the USW in pursuing our Carnegie Way efforts and confronting unfair trade that is significantly impacting our industry.” Said USW International President Leo W. Illegally low-priced imports from China and elsewhere, along with a decline in oil and gas drilling brought on by low fuel prices, resuLTEd in overcapacity across the globe.

Steel’s opening proposal contained demands for major cuts in pay and benefits, along with changes to work rules and other concessions that could have cost workers and their families thousands of dollars per year. Earlier this fall, union officials said the company was asking members to pay more for health care and to agree to concessions on overtime, contract out work to non-union workers and other issues. The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments.

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