USW: ‘Progress’ shown in contract talks with ArcelorMittal

As the United Steelworkers negotiating committee returns to Pittsburgh, they’re reporting some “significant progress” in their nearly four-month effort to come to a contract agreement with ArcelorMittal.

According to a memo from USW union members released Thursday morning, they’re seeing progress in some areas, but they’re still asking the company to make more movement on other issues.

“Under no circumstances should anyone interpret this to mean that our fight is finished, that we have succeeded in our goals or that we are willing to continue this process indefinitely,” the memo stated.

USW has been negotiating with ArcelorMittal since July 9, and in late September, union members unanimously authorized a strike, if it were to come down to that.

Union President Harold Anderson said wage and healthcare have been the biggest issues in the negotiations.

ArcelorMittal operates the Minorca Mine in Virginia, Minnesota.

Briggs LeSavage

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