NEW YORK United Steelworkers employees at U.S. Steel
Corp.s Lake Erie Works will vote April 23 on a contract
offer from the steelmaker as the union continues to consider
triggering a 72-hour strike notification clock if an agreement
is not reached.
The company, which issued a final contract offer to the
negotiating committee April 15, has extended the deadline for
its offer to April 24 from April 21, according to USW Local
8782 president Bill Ferguson. An information session for
members will be held April 22, with a ratification vote set for
April 23, the union said in a member bulletin.
People havent been impressed with the concessions
so far, but well see what happens, Ferguson told
AMM, without providing details.
Ferguson added that triggering the 72-hour strike clock is
contingent on the results of the vote.
Negotiations between the union and the Nanticoke, Ontario-based
mill reached an impasse as the labor contract
between the two parties expired April 16, the union said this
past week (
amm.com, April 16
During a meeting April 18, the majority of union members voted
99.6 percent to support a strike authorization mandate and
trigger a 72-hour clock if both parties could not come to
agreement, according to the bulletin.
The union had previously alleged that the Pittsburgh-based
company was training salaried, nonunion workers to operate its
hot-strip mill, including rolling slabs, at Lake Erie Works,
raising speculation that a lockout was possible (
amm.com, April 8
A lockout during the last set of contract negotiations at the
Lake Erie Works lasted eight months before the two sides struck
a three-year deal (
amm.com, April 16, 2010
A U.S. Steel spokesman could not be reached for comment.