“Last week, our USW
negotiating committee returned to Pittsburgh after receiving unanimous
approval for strike authorization from the members of all 13 local unions at
the ArcelorMittal facilities covered by our contracts.
management certainly received the loud and clear message that we are united
in solidarity and ready to fight for the fair contracts we have earned and
deserve, the company continues to propose unfair and unnecessary changes to
our agreements in healthcare and other areas.
ArcelorMittal's deeply concessionary demands ultimately would not
significantly improve the company's long- or short-term profitability, but
they would nevertheless have dramatic negative consequences for active and
retired USW members and their families.
“For that reason,
we have also started discussions with management about an orderly idling of
our plants and equipment to protect them from the elements and facilitate a
safe and efficient restart.
“Today, members of
the committee are returning to their locals, where our CAT representatives
have received and started distributing picket duty surveys.”
“In the interest of
being as prepared as we can for a potential labor dispute, please be sure to
return your completed survey as soon as possible.
“In the coming
days, we will begin preparations in the event of a labor dispute and may
begin some informational picketing. Although we remain hopeful that
management will change direction before forcing us into a labor dispute, we
should ready ourselves, our families and communities.
“Please be sure to
stay in contact with members of your local CAT and let them know if you have
any questions. When we work together and join together, we will win
“In the meantime,
continue to focus on working safely and looking out for the safety of those