U.S. Steel locks out 900 employees at Hamilton

Nov 08, 2010 | 12:37 PM | Lisa Gordon

U.S. Steel Corp. has locked out unionized workers at its Hamilton, Ontario, plant after the latest round of labor talks failed to secure an agreement at the facility.

The 900 hourly production and maintenance workers were off the job as of 7 p.m. Sunday and no further negotiations are scheduled, according to Rolf Gerstenberger, president of United Steelworkers union Local 1005.

"It is very disappointing that (the local) has refused to take our contract offer to the employees of U.S. Steel Canada for a vote," the Pittsburgh-based producer said in a statement.

"As a company, we made substantial concessions in our offer of Nov. 4, 2010, from our earlier position. We did this in good faith and in an effort to reach an agreement that would be beneficial to Hamilton Works and our employees. We fully believe that our offer is fair and reasonable under the circumstances. Unfortunately, our offer has been met with intransigence by Local 1005. As a result, there is no chance at this time for a settlement and the lockout has commenced," U.S. Steel added.....

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