AK, union awaiting NLRB as talks set

Jul 03, 2006 | 12:57 PM | Scott Robertson

Negotiators for AK Steel Corp., Middletown, Ohio, and the Armco Employees Independent Federation (AEIF) will meet Thursday morning in continued attempts to end a labor dispute that has stretched into its fifth month.

Meanwhile, both sides are waiting to hear from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) office in Cincinnati, which is preparing rules and procedures for an election to determine which labor union will take over representation of locked-out workers at AK's Middletown steel plant.

Hourly production and maintenance workers represented by the AEIF have been locked out of the Middletown plant since March 1, when their previous labor contract expired. Continued talks between the two sides yielded little progress until last week, when AEIF president Brian Daley said that conversations at a negotiating session were more promising than they had been in the past.....

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