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USW locals vote to strike but USS does not anticipate one

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The United Steelworkers is reporting today that locals representing the hourly workforces at U.S. Steel Corporation’s Fairfield, Ala., Works and its Minntac ore operations in Mountain Iron, Minn., both voted unanimously on Tuesday to authorize the bargaining committee to call a strike.

U.S. Steel, for its own part, expressed confidence after deadline on Tuesday that a new contract will be successfully negotiated without recourse to a strike.

“Over the weekend U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers agreed to an ongoing extension of the collective bargaining agreements that were scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 1,” the company said. “We do not anticipate a strike. Our plants continue to operate in a safe and orderly fashion. Talks are ongoing, and we continue to work diligently to reach a mutually agreeable conclusion.”

Strike authorization votes were scheduled today at USW locals 1014 and 1066 in Gary; and at local representing hourly workforces at Clairton Mill Works in Clairton, Pa., Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, Mich; Keetac ore operations in Keewatin, Minn.; and the tubular facility at Lorain, Ohio.

USW Local 6103 in Portage is scheduled to hold strike authorization votes at 8 a.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Woodland Park.



Posted 9/5/2018




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