(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.
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
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