The United States Steel Corp. and United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a
tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract that will cover
approximately 16,000 USW-represented employees at U. S. Steel’s domestic
flat-rolled and iron ore mining facilities as well as tubular operations in
Lorain, Ohio, and Fairfield, Ala.
U. S. Steel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John P. Surma said, “We are
pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the United Steelworkers on
a competitive four-year contract well in advance of the expiration of our
current contract. We value our ongoing relationship with the USW and
appreciate the contributions that our employees make to the success of our
business. We believe that this agreement is in the best interests of our
company and all of our stakeholders.”
In a prepared statement the USW said the pact provides wage, bonus and
pension increases and sets benefit programs for active employees and retirees
while reducing health care premiums for retirees.
Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerad said, “We’ve gone through some tough
times in the steel industry during the last 20 years. Our union was
instrumental in restructuring the industry and this new contract rewards our
members for their hard work, improves the living standards of our retirees
and the capital investments that will be made in our mills protects our
communities far into the future. This contract is the new standard in the
The union also said the tentative agreement requires the company to make
capital investment in our plants to keep the mills state of the art in order
to compete in a global steel market.
“With an awareness of the threat of global warming and how it may impact the
steel industry, the agreement provides for an ‘Energy Efficiency and Carbon
Emissions Task Force’ to protect and benefit the industry and the
environment,” the USW statement said
The union said issues involving local working conditions were also resolved,
including the outsourcing of work that will return to the jurisdiction of USW
members. “This is an historic agreement,” said USW International Vice
President Tom Conway, who served as the union’s chief negotiator. “There are
only improvements. No steps back. Our members have worked very hard and
deserve everything that we’ve gained in this round of bargaining. Our union
is proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
The local union presidents have approved the tentative agreement and it will
be sent to the rank- and-file union members for ratification. Detailed
contract summaries are being prepared and will be mailed to the membership.
Explanation meetings will be held by local unions at each plant location and
details of the proposal will be withheld until that review by the membership
is complete. Ratification will be conducted by mail-in ballot.
The current agreement expires September 1, covering some 16,000 USW members
employed at Granite City, Ill.; Gary, East Chicago, Portage, Ind.; Ecorse,
Mich.; Braddock, Clairton, West Mifflin and Fairless Hills, Pa.; Fairfield,
Ala.; Lorain, Ohio; Keewatin and Mt. Iron, Minn.; and Lone Star, Texas.