U.S. Steel, union agree to extension of contract while negotiations continue
U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers agreed Saturday evening to an ongoing extension of the collective bargaining agreements that were scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., the company announed.
All U.S. Steel facilities continue to operate in a safe and orderly manner, the company said.
United Steelworkers leadership could have begun scheduling strike authorization votes as the union and U.S. Steel have still not agreed on a contract.
“Your local union leadership will return home in the coming days and will quickly schedule informational meetings and strike authorization votes with you,” read a statement released Saturday from the union to its members. “During that time we will continue to stay at work and will provide management with a 48-hour notice in advance of any strike in order to safely cease operations. We will also continue to try to bring the company to their senses, but that authorization is necessary to bring them into the real world.”
The statement from the union said the two sides are “still far from a fair agreement,” claiming that U.S. Steel wants cuts to health insurance, increased premiums and six-year contract with no bonuses or raises in the last three years.
A spokesman for the United Steelworkers told the Tribune-Review that its members are “committed to working with management to reach a fair agreement” and that local leaders will discuss the situation soon with members.
More than 150 steelworkers marched outside the Clairton Coke Works on Thursday as similar actions happened around the country. The United Steelworkers represent about 16,000 employees, including 2,500 in Western Pennsylvania.
Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Aaron at 412-336-8448, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @tinynotebook.