USS Canada lockout continues with no resolution seen near

Dec 09, 2010 | 08:51 AM |

The lockout of 900 union-represented workers at U.S. Steel Canada is dragging on with no end in sight, and it appears only an economic turnaround will remove the padlocks from the Hamilton, Ontario, plant's gates.

"They (U.S. Steel Corp.) don't need our 2 million tons right now," according to Rolf Gerstenberger, president of United Steelworkers union Local 1005, which represents the locked out production and maintenance workers at the Pittsburgh-based company's Hamilton Works.

"You know the markets better than I do, but I guess right now they don't need the tons we make. They can meet all their needs from (in the United States)," he said. "If mills were operating at 85 or 90 percent of capacity, it would be costing them a lot of money to keep us out. But it's not that way. The economy is going to have to turn around, I guess, before we get back to work."....

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