just before deadline today on its ongoing contract negotiations with
this week centered on Repair and Maintenance, on the one hand, and Capital
Expenditures, on the other, ArcelorMittal did put on the table a
counteroffer to the union’s initial contract proposal. The USW found that
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negotiating committee continued to meet internally and with management this
week in Pittsburgh.
ArcelorMittal responded to our initial contract proposal with predictably
unacceptable counteroffers limited to certain issues, so our work will
continue as we bargain for a fair contract.
substantial discussion we have had with the company so far in 2018 revolved
around Repair and Maintenance (R&M), and Capital Expenditures (CAPEX).
provided an overview of its efforts to improve the reliability of operations
company-wide with a focus on ‘proactive’ maintenance to reduce downtime due
to equipment breakdowns, including steps that management and members of the
bargaining units can take to keep our facilities running smoothly and
“We discussed how
the company budgets for and differentiates between R&M and CAPEX projects
and reviewed a list of most (if not all) of the capital investments projects
ArcelorMittal USA has undertaken since 2016.
“Members of our
negotiating committee asked a lot of good questions and raised important
points throughout the meeting.
“While there are
differences between how our union and management approach these issues, we
recognize that working together to make our plants more efficient and
profitable will make all of our jobs more secure.
support and patience during this process is appreciated. As these
negotiations continue, it is absolutely essential for all USW members at
ArcelorMittal to remain united in solidarity. Most of all, we urge everyone
to stay focused on working safely and keeping each other out of harm’s way
on the job.”