U.S. Steel Hamilton Union Workers Still Support Negotiating Committee
After members of U.S. Steel’s Local 1005 called for a special meeting last night concerning support for the union negotiating committee, the results were overwhelming. The Spec reports that 510 workers voted to back the union leadership with less than 30 members voting ‘no’ to supporting the negotiating team. While a ‘no’ vote could have led to opening back up negotiations with U.S. Steel, the actual vote reinforces the decision that it is up to U.S. Steel to settle the lockout. In SMU’s blog yesterday, Union President Rolf Gerstenberger relays how USS is losing a money-making opportunity by keeping the mill shutdown.
“Everyone knows that what U.S. Steel wants is for us to shaft the pensioners and give up indexing,” he said. “They also want to shaft the new hires.”
The union members are still holding out as the pension plans remain top priority on their agenda. While USS wants to change the current defined benefit pension plan to a defined contribution scheme for new employees while ending pension indexing for current retirees. The union has rejected these demands, leaving little room for negotiation. The lockout is now entering its ninth month, which is the longest in Hamilton steel history. For more information on the lockout, CLICK HERE.
(Source: The Spec)