In Gary, USS-union friction centers on training

Nov 03, 2004 | 11:46 AM | Scott Robertson

Members of the United Steelworkers union staged a protest outside U.S. Steel Corp.'s plant in Gary, Ind., over the weekend to voice concerns over worker safety and training.

More than 100 members of USW Locals 1014 and 1066 were on hand to complain that the company isn't doing enough to adequately train workers for the larger job roles they have as a result of the current labor agreement, which reduced job classifications at the plant.

"We are always aware of safety and always concerned about it," Mike Mitchell, president of Local 1014, said Monday. "This is more of a seniority and training issue. We don't think enough people are being trained, and that goes hand in hand with safety. When you have fewer workers, there are less opportunities to get them trained properly. We are trying to get more people trained."....

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