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.”
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.