USW ratifies Shelby tube plant pact

Dec 03, 2010 | 06:24 AM |

Unionized workers at ArcelorMittal SA's tube plant in Shelby, Ohio, narrowly ratified a four-year labor agreement with the steelmaker, defying the recommendations of their own bargaining committee.

ArcelorMittal welcomed the result of the vote, but one United Steelworkers union official suggested the tight vote might better be interpretted as "a cancer" in labor-management relations at Shelby.

ArcelorMittal Shelby is "pleased" the union ratified the contract, Dane Smith, the plant's general operations manager, said via e-mail.

"The approval of the offer demonstrates the (USW) membership's confidence in the offer and ArcelorMittal's pledge to remain competitive, ensure our long-term stability and protect the job security of our work force," he said.

The agreement was ratified by an 18-vote margin, with 232 voting in favor of the contract and 214 against, according to USW Local 3057, which represents ArcelorMittal Shelby. The local boasts more than 500 dues-paying members.....





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