USW Union and ArcelorMittal Continue Contract Negotations

By KBJR News 1

USW Union and ArcelorMittal Continue Contract Negotations

September 3, 2012 Updated Sep 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) --- Contract talks between The United Steelworkers union and ArcelorMittal continue over the Labor Day holiday.

The terms of the contract will affect 14,000 workers at 15 facilities nationwide, including those who work at the Minorca Mine in Virginia.

USW members will continue to operate the plants under the terms of the contract while negotiations continue.

"Our members continue to work under the terms and conditions of our 2008 agreements with ArcelorMittal while this long, frustrating process continues," Leo W. Gerard, USW International President, said in a release Monday.

Gerard also said that ArcelorMittal has begun to restart its blast furnaces that were idled in the run-up to the contract expiration at midnight Saturday.

"We take this as a sign that the company may now recognize that neither the USW negotiating committee nor the union membership as a whole will be intimidated into accepting unwarranted concessions by the implied threat of a lockout," David McCall, USW District 1 Director said.

Union spokespeople say it has gone to extraordinary efforts to reach a fair settlement, that includes modest wage and benefit improvements.

"It is appropriate that we continue this struggle over Labor Day weekend. We cannot think of a better way to honor the successes of America's working men and women for a better society." Jim Robinson, USW District 7 Director said.

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