deadline today on the status of contract negotiations with ArcelorMittal.
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with ArcelorMittal this week in Pittsburgh. Our committee met internally and
with management to clarify our positions on certain issues.
“We have formed
subcommittees to address specific proposals regarding healthcare,
contracting out, pensions, and contract language.
“Progress on local
issues varies by facility and management’s willingness to engage our local
“Our full committee
also met with representatives from Highmark this week to identify issues
with our current health insurance. Some of them can be resolved by Highmark,
and others may need to be addressed in negotiations.
“Although it is
still early in the process, there are some clear differences between this
round of bargaining and our 2015 negotiations.
“This company is in
far better financial position now than it was three years ago--thanks to the
USW members who are the most productive and efficient steelmaking workforce
on the planet while our union continues to lead the fight for fair trade and
a level playing field.
“We have not worked
and sacrificed to save these plants for management to give them to
contractors or undo the progress we made through generations of collective
“Simply put, we
have earned and deserve more security for our jobs, earnings, benefits, and
only true goal is to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement with
ArcelorMittal, and we are willing to work as long and as hard as it takes to
“We are counting on
the unity and solidarity of the membership at all of our facilities to make
sure that management gets the message.
“As always, we
appreciate your unwavering support and will keep everyone updated as the
three-year contract expires on Sept. 1.