Mittal Steel USA's workers vote narrowly in favor of three-year labor pacts

Nov 03, 2005 | 10:33 AM | Maria Guzzo

United Steelworkers union members at Mittal Steel USA's operations in Indiana and Minnesota have ratified new collective bargaining agreements.

The contracts were approved by a very thin margin, according to Marty Henry, president of USW Local 6115 at Mittal Steel USA's Minorca Mine, formerly Ispat Inland Mining Co., near Virginia, Minn.

Henry said that about 75 percent of the 4,611 workers covered by the contracts turned out to vote Wednesday, with 1,815 workers voting in favor of the three-year agreements and 1,663 voting against.

"That's a difference of 152," Henry said. "I'm of the belief that people are afraid of change."....

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