May 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Pittsburg, PA – The United Steelworkers have reached a tentative contract agreement with the Luxembourg-based steelmakerArcelorMittal, the union announced April 30.
The three-year deal, retroactive to last September, would cover more than 12,000 union steelworkers at 13 plants in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. USW leaders told members that the proposal“preserves our economic security and other contractual protections” while “recognizing the challenges facing our industry—mainly the result of historic levels of unfairly traded imports and a depressed market for our products.” Neither side would release specific details about the contract, but ArcelorMittal, which lost $8 billion last year, had dropped demands for two-tier wages and health care. The Steelworkers have now reached contract agreements with two of the three steelmakers operating in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. Members ratified a deal with U.S. Steel in February, but miners at Cliffs Natural Resources are still working under an expired contract. Read more