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USW and USS resume face to face talks; some progress being made

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The United Steelworkers confirmed on Tuesday that face-to-face talks between the union and U.S. Steel Corporation resumed on Monday.

Negotiations had 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.

“Our bargaining 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 agreement.”

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 concessions.”

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 Safety

“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 negotiating team.


Posted 9/30/2015




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