The text of the
negotiating committee returned to Pittsburgh this week to resume contract
talks with ArcelorMittal management.
both with the company and internally, centered on current and future retiree
information and reviewed presentations about the insurance and coverage
options available from various providers that offer large networks.
“There remain major
differences between our proposal and what the company has offered.
ArcelorMittal management’s demands still include tripling the share we
currently contribute and significantly reducing our coverage and benefits.
negotiations began, we knew this process would be difficult due to low steel
prices caused by record levels of imported products penetrating our market.
“We were committed
then as we are now to negotiating a fair contract that allows ArcelorMittal
to remain competitive without creating hardship for retirees or lowering our
families’ standards of living.
“While the company
continues to press for these concessions on healthcare and a variety of
other issues, we remain committed to the process of collective bargaining to
work through them.
“Our meetings with
ArcelorMittal will continue through next week. Please stay focused on safety
at work and remember that our power comes from your strength and