ArcelorMittal Steelworkers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

By KBJR News 1

September 8, 2012 Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 7:13 PM CDT

(Northland’s NewsCenter) --- The United Steelworkers Union has reached a tentative agreement on a new three year contract with ArcelorMittal, Saturday.

The agreement comes after about ten weeks of negotiations and will affect nearly 14,000 workers at 15 facilities nationwide.

“Our members’ unwavering solidarity throughout the bargaining process in the face of management’s high-risk scare tactics and demands for major cutbacks has been rewarded,” President Leo W. Gerad, USW International President said in statement Saturday.

Union spokespeople say the contract puts the union in a good strategic position to succeed in the future.

Spokespeople also say they are proud to have preserved wages, benefits and contractual protections for seniority and work done by outside contractors.

“Instead of building on the strength of our partnership, ArcelorMittal management nearly destroyed it with proposal after proposal of sweeping, unnecessary contract changes and demands for major economic concessions.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Minorca Mine Workers in Virginia participated in a two hour practice solidarity rally and picket.

The unions agreed not to strike during contract talks though the labor contract expired last Saturday.

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