Kentucky Electric Steel union ratifies deal

Dec 27, 2012 | 01:41 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Kentucky Electric, labor contract, United Steelworkers union, John Scheel, ALJ Regional Holdings, Optima Specialty Steel, Michael Cowden, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Members of United Steelworkers union Local 7054 have ratified a new labor contract with Kentucky Electric Steel LLC (KES) in Ashland, Ky.

The seven-year-plus agreement, which covers 117 hourly workers at the mini-mill, replaces a contract that was set to expire May 3, 2013. The deal includes pay increases, the company said.

"It is very popular these days to use labor unions as scapegoats for deficiencies in U.S. manufacturing. Witness the many ‘right-to-work’ efforts underway. It has also become popular for the parties on opposite sides of issues to take extreme and unyielding positions and then to doggedly hold to them, thereby fostering gridlock. All of this is wrong and counter-productive," plant manager John Scheel said in a statement.....

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