released to the membership after
deadline on Friday. “With our Sept. 1 contract expiration approaching, our
committee has chosen to remain at the table and continue to negotiate rather
than return to our plants to seek strike authorization from the membership.
As long as we are engaged with management, we ask all USW members to
continue reporting for work as scheduled.”
that above all, we must stay focused on working safely and watching out for
the safety of our co-workers,” the USW added. “Especially as we near
contract expiration, please review and adhere to the safety procedures
established in your area and speak up if you have concerns.”
The union also
reminded members of the solidarity rally planned for all USW locals in
Northwest Indiana at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Local 6787 union
hall and affiliated Duneland Falls Banquet Center, 1100 Ind. 149.
“We need to
continue to send the message to management . . . that we are committed to
negotiating fair contracts throughout the industry and will not allow them
to use the current market as an excuse to gut our agreements or create
hardship for our retirees,” the USW concluded.