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Done Deal: ArcelorMittal Tubular Products, USW End Standoff

Written by David Schollaert

ArcelorMital Tubular Products and the United Steelworkers (USW) Union Local #3057 have ended their five-day standoff by agreeing to a new four-year labor contract, a company spokesperson confirmed to Steel Market Update.

The new deal – already ratified by the members of the local USW – ensures work can now resume at ArcelorMittal’s tube plant in Shelby, Ohio.

“We are glad to have our employees back to work safely and providing best-in-class products and services to our many loyal customers,” said Rick Gruver, ArcelorMittal’s Shelby Tubular Products Plant Manager.

ArcelorMittalUSW members at the Ohio tubular plant had been on strike since midnight on Sunday, when the four-year labor contract between the Luxembourg-based steelmaker and USW Local #3057 expired.

The new deal addresses the main concerns that had stalled contract talks for the local USW members. The steelmaker has agreed to improve base wages and pension benefits, as well as guaranteed time off in the new labor contract.

“This agreement assures that our Shelby plant remains an attractive employer in the local community and extends our more than 130-year presence in the industry,” added Edward Vore, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products North America CEO.

The Shelby mill, part of ArcelorMittal’s tubular products division, employs 663 people and has annual production capacity of approximately 240,000 tons, according to a company fact sheet.

It makes seamless and welded pipe and tube for a range of downstream markets including automotive, construction, distribution, farm machinery, and oil and gas.

Shelby was not included in Cleveland-Cliffs’ 2020 acquisition of ArcelorMittal USA and so remains part of ArcelorMittal.

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