Steelworkers confirmed on Tuesday that face-to-face talks between the union
and U.S. Steel Corporation resumed on Monday.
never formally ceased but on Sept. 14 the USW did announce that the members
of its negotiating teams had returned to their home locals to consult.
team met among themselves and with company representatives for several hours
on Monday, discussing a wide range of issues, including active and retiree
health care, contracting out, and health and safety,” the USW said. “While
significant differences remain on each of these issues, we believe we are
making progress, and we will continue to work hard to reach a fair
Re: Health Care
“We continue to
exchange proposals with the company and review a number of options regarding
health care for both pre-Medicare and Medicare-eligible retirees,” the union
said on Tuesday. “Our goal continues to be making sure both our active
employees and retirees have access to quality, affordable health care, and
we will continue to push back against the company’s demands for deep
Re: Contracting Out
“We plan to
exchange proposals later this week with U.S. Steel on the issue of
contracting out,” the USW said.
Re: Health and
“We have expressed
our concerns with the company about health and safety-related issues and
pressed the company on its plans to address these problems,” the USW said.
“Unfortunately, U.S. Steel continues to insist on having full control over
our union safety representatives.”
Meanwhile, the USW
announced last week, and ArcelorMittal confirmed, that after walking away
from the table two weeks earlier the company had decided to restart the
talks. The union’s negotiating team was due to arrive in Pittsburgh this
past Sunday, with talks scheduled to begin on Monday.
Here in Duneland,
Local 6787 rallied this afternoon in a show of solidarity with the