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More USW locals vote to authorize strike against USS

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United Steelworkers (USW) locals held strike authorization votes on Wednesday at a number of U.S. Steel Corporation (USS) facilities.

The result of those votes, according to a brief statement released today by the USW: unanimous authorization to strike.

“Thousands packed union halls yesterday to authorize the bargaining committee to call a strike,” the USW said.

Voting on Wednesday were locals 1014 and 1066 in Gary; and locals representing the hourly workforces at Clairton Mill Works in Clairton, Pa.; Great Lakes Works in Escorse, Mich.; Keetac ore operations in Keewatin, Minn.; and the tubular facility at Lorain, Ohio.

Local 6103 in Portage was scheduled to hold strike authorization votes today at 8 a.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. in Woodland Park. Also holding votes today were locals representing hourly workforces at East Chicago Tin; the Mon Valley Works Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa.; the Mon Valley Works Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pa.; the Fairless Plant in Fairless Hills, Pa.; the Granite City Works in Granite City, Ill.; and U.S. Steel Tubular Products in Lone Star, Texas.

The USW and USS agreed on Saturday, only hours before the 11:59 p.m. deadline, to extend their current contract for an unspecified period of time, while negotiations continue. The USW and ArcelorMittal did the same one day before.

USS, for its part, expressed confidence on Tuesday that, despite the ongoing strike votes, there would be no strike. “We do not anticipate a strike,” the company said. “Our plants continue to operate in a safe and orderly fashion. Talks are ongoing, and we continue to work diligently to reach a mutually agreeable conclusion.”



Posted 9/6/2018




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