Steelworkers remains on a break from contract talks with U.S. Steel
Corporation but hopes to resume negotiations soon.
On Tuesday, the USW
released the following statement:
“Although we are
currently on a short break from the bargaining table, we thought it would be
helpful to make sure all our brothers and sisters are up to speed on where
things stand in our negotiations with U.S. Steel.
looks forward to continuing our discussions soon, we remain committed to
reaching a fair agreement, and we are determined to continue bargaining for
as long as it takes to achieve that goal.
“Our hope is that
U.S. Steel uses this time away from the table to re-evaluate its positions
and re-think some of its most drastic demands for concessions. Here is a
look at some of the company’s demands:
company continues to demand major changes to our healthcare benefits that,
taken as a whole, would amount to thousands of dollars per year in added
costs, both for active workers and retirees.
U.S. Steel has demanded changes to contract provisions on overtime,
contracting out, transfers, SUB pay, severance, and other issues.
“Health and Safety:
The company also has continued to demand control over the union’s health and
solidarity: Our committee is well aware that the steel industry is in the
midst of a crisis but these drastic proposals do nothing to address that. We
will keep you updated as soon as any new developments occur.
“Remember, we are
not alone in this fight. Our brothers and sisters at ArcelorMittal have
resumed bargaining this week in the face of similar draconian demand. At
Cliffs Natural Resources, USW members are continuing to bargain after
agreeing to a one-month extension of their agreement. At Allegheny
Technologies Inc., 2,200 of our brothers and sisters are standing strong on
picket lines after being locked out of their jobs for two months.
“We appreciate the
strong support we have gotten from our brothers and sisters in our plants
and in our communities. That solidarity has helped our committee make the
progress that we have been able to make in the face of these demands. Stay
strong and keep working safely.”