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US Steel and ArcelorMittal Talks Resume

Written by Sandy Williams

The USW updated the membership on Monday after returning to the bargaining table with US Steel in Pittsburgh.

The two sides met for several hours to discuss a wide range of issues including active and retiree health care, contracting out and health and safety.

“While significant differences remain on each of these issues, we believe we are making progress, and we will continue to work hard to reach a fair agreement,” said the USW.

The US Steel bargaining committee gave the following update on the discussions:

Health Care
We continue to exchange proposals with the company and review a number of options regarding health care for both pre-Medicare and Medicare-eligible retirees. Our goal continues to be making sure both our active employees and retirees have access to quality, affordable health care, and we will continue to push back against the company’s demands for deep concessions.

Contracting Out
We plan to exchange proposals later this week with U.S. Steel on the issue of contracting out.

Health & Safety
We have expressed our concerns with the company about health and safety-related issues and pressed the company on its plans to address these problems. Unfortunately, U.S. Steel continues to insist on having full control over our union safety representatives.

Talks also resumed at ArcelorMittal on Monday. A solidarity event has been planned at ArcelorMittal facilities for Sept. 30.

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