W.Va. (AP) — Negotiators for the United Steelworkers union say their
contract talks with ArcelorMittal are slow and frustrating so far.
with the world's largest steelmaker began last week in Pittsburgh on a
contract to replace the one expiring Sept. 1. It covers 14,000 employees
in eight states — Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana,
Minnesota, Louisiana and South Carolina.
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal wants to slash wages and benefits, and have
the unilateral right to cut wages during business slowdowns.
proposes redesigning incentives, freezing its contributions to certain
pension plans, and eliminating retiree health care and pension benefits
for workers hired after Sept. 1.
says it needs to dramatically cut costs to remain competitive,
membership update Monday, the union said the two sides remain far apart.