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. Union president Leo Gerard said in a statement that it had been “a difficult year and a difficult round of bargaining.” He said, however, that he was “proud of the way the brothers and sisters of the USW stood up and demanded fair treatment.” Negotiations began in June with both sides decrying low-priced imports from China and elsewhere and amid price declines and slowing demand for steel because of a decline in oil and gas drilling.

Steel cited depressed steel prices and fluctuations in the price of oil in a late November announcement that it was temporarily suspending operations at the Granite City facility. Last fall, union officials said the company was seeking more money from members for health care and concessions on overtime, contracting out work to nonunion workers and other issues. The tentative agreement, announced late Saturday, doesn’t cover about 13,000 workers at steelmaker Arcelor Mittal whose contract also expired in June.

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. 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. 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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