AK makes minor changes to proposed contract [UPDATE]

Dec 14, 2006 | 09:39 AM | Maria Guzzo

AK Steel Corp., Middletown, Ohio, and the union representing locked-out workers met for two and a half hours Wednesday, coming up with some minor amendments to the proposed contract, which the union believes is a step in the right direction.

Additionally, union members were scheduled to vote Thursday on placing several new members onto the union's executive committee.

AK said it modified its Oct.19 contract proposal to provide union members full arbitration rights for discharge and disciplinary suspension during the transition period, and the company removed random and post-accident drug testing from its drug and alcohol proposal.

Jim Tyler, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 1943, said the movement was positive, but that it would have been an even bigger step forward if AK could offer the proposed contract it offered Oct. 10. "The company still has the Oct. 19 package on the table, but they did make an improvement in return to work agreement and drug testing," Tyler said. "We're still talking."....

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