PITTSBURGH (AP) - U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers announced a
tentative agreement Sunday on a three-year contract covering more than
16,000 workers at domestic facilities.
Details of the contract were not announced. The union said members will vote
after reviewing details over the next few weeks. The two sides had been
negotiating since June on a contract to replace the existing pact, which
US Steel said the talks covered employees at domestic flat-rolled and iron
ore mining facilities as well as tubular operations in Lorain, Ohio and
"We believe that this agreement is in the best interests of our company, our
employees and all of our stakeholders," John Surma, U.S. Steel chairman and
chief executive officer, said in a statement.
The company separately announced a tentative agreement with the union
covering about 1,000 workers at a welded tubular products facility in Lone
The union said health care for retirees and how best to deal with the rising
cost of that coverage was one of the most significant issues in this year's
"Both sides worked hard to come up with a solution that continues to provide
our current and future retirees with access to high-quality, low-cost
medical care," said Tom Conway, USW International vice president, who led
the union negotiating team.
The union has still not reached agreement with two other companies,
ArcelorMittal and Cliffs Natural Resources.
The United Steelworkers said talks with Cliff's Natural Resources had broken
off but would resume "at a future date not yet determined." In the meantime,
a rolling contract extension would remain in place under which terms of the
old contract would be renewed every 48 hours unless one of the parties
The union told ArcelorMittal workers to continue to report for shifts
despite expiration of the contract Saturday, although officials said they
had not sought a contract extension and the company had not offered one. The
union said in a membership update that workers would continue to work under
the terms of the current agreement while talks continue and "we continue to
urge them to improve their current proposal."