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USW returns to table with USS; locals support strike

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The United Steelworkers (USW) bargaining committee headed back to the table today with U.S. Steel Corporation (USS) in Pittsburgh with what the union described as “overwhelming” support from its locals to strike the company should negotiations founder.

Meanwhile, a 48-hour “rolling extension” of the current three-year contract--due to expire at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1--remains in place.

Those are the highlights of a communique released by the USW after deadline on Friday.

The text of the communique in full:

“Angry USW members conducted strike authorization meetings at each U.S. Steel local over the past week. Those meetings resulted in a massive show of solidarity, with huge turnouts across the country and an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote in every local. Many locals reported that their results were unanimous.

“Members sent the management at U.S. Steel a very clear message: that the workforce recognizes the greed management has displayed in lining their own pockets. We also know that workers have sacrificed to help the company over the past several years, and that the U.S. Steel bosses need to come to their senses, bargain in good faith, and drop their ridiculous concessionary demands. Solidarity works, and this union knows that.

“Our committee will be returning to Pittsburgh next week”--as the USW reported after deadline on Friday--“to resume negotiations with U.S. Steel management in an effort to reach an honest and fair settlement. As you know, management’s proposals so far have been completely unacceptable, particularly in light of the company’s projected profit this year of nearly $2 billion. We will be sure to keep all members informed of any progress we make at the table next week and of whatever steps we anticipate.

“Meanwhile, we remain on a 48-hour rolling extension of our current agreement. That means the union will provide the company with a least two days’ notice before any work stoppage could begin. Continue to show up to work, work safely, and watch out for each other in the mills. And please keep in contact with your CAT coordinators for the latest, most reliable information from the bargaining table.”


Posted 9/10/2018




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