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USW / Arcelor talks break for Thanksgiving

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The United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have broken contract talks for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Negotiations are set to resume on Sunday, Nov. 29, the USW said in a statement released on Friday.

“We want to remind everyone that the terms and conditions of our agreements remain unchanged and in effect as we continue to bargain for a new contract,” the union said. “We are thankful for the support we have received from ArcelorMittal Steelworkers and retirees, our community allies, and our union brothers and sisters throughout North America and around the world during this long process.”

The USW’s master contracts with both ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel Corporation expired on Sept. 1 and its membership is about to begin a fourth month working under the terms of the old agreement.

“As we have reported in previous updates and discussed at membership meetings during these negotiations, our committee so far has resisted ArcelorMittal management’s concessionary proposals but we must continue to fend off the company’s unfair and unnecessary demand to dramatically increase the premiums for retirees and their demands for premiums from active Steelworkers and reduced coverages,” the union added. “It is especially frustrating because our proposals on these and other issues would save the company tens of millions in short-term expenses and long-term liabilities without negatively impacting or disrupting our lives or our standards of living.”

“We look forward to resuming face-to-face negotiations in Pittsburgh after Thanksgiving and continue to trust that we will achieve the fair contract we have earned and deserve through the collective bargaining process,” the USW said.

The union concluded this communiquŽ by reminding members that the market for domestic steel “continues to suffer the effects of unfair and often illegal foreign trade” and urging them to sign an on-line petition against “China’s illegal trading practices” at




Posted 11/23/2015




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