With two weeks
remaining before its contract with ArcelorMittal expires, on Sept. 1, the
United Steelworkers (USW) is reporting “little progress on core issues” in
its latest communiquŽ, released this morning.
The text in full:
continued with ArcelorMittal this week in Pittsburgh, and as has been the
case since our talks began, management continues to be slow to respond to
our proposals while insisting on unnecessary and unreasonable
concessions--particularly in the area of healthcare.
“We have made
little progress with regard to our reasonable wage requests, and the company
still has not responded to our pension proposal or adequately addressed our
concerns about future capital expenditures, the apparently diminishing
emphasis on repair and maintenance spending, and manning issues, all of
which are geared toward improving the long-term security of our jobs.
done very well from a financial standpoint, and should continue to enjoy
favorable market conditions for the foreseeable future, according to nearly
every credible economic forecast.
to talk about the ‘viability’ and ‘sustainability’ of the corporation, but
our negotiations are about much more than ensuring profits for the company.
committee is dedicated to achieving a fair contract that improves the
economic and retirement security of our membership and retirees along with
the viability and sustainability of our lifestyles and our communities.
“Please continue to
focus on working safely and standing together in unity.
“We will continue
working diligently to engage management on these and all other outstanding
issues as our contract expiration date approaches, and with your continued
support and solidarity, we are confident in our ability to do so.
“We know that you
have our backs, and as these negotiations proceed, we pledge to continue to
On Wednesday, the
USW released this one-paragraph statement on the status of its contract
negotiations with U.S. Steel Corporation (USS): “USS made a proposal today
to cut retiree healthcare benefits, yet their executives feed at the trough.
This is unfair and unacceptable!”