Lake Erie union rejects 'final' U.S. Steel offer

Aug 01, 2013 | 05:41 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  U.S. Steel, Lake Erie, USW, vote, reject, lockout, steel, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — Union members at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Lake Erie Works voted July 31 to reject the company’s most recent labor contract offer, which will push the lockout into its 13th week and likely support the recent momentum in the sheet market.

Union members rejected the company’s latest proposal by 71 percent, according to United Steelworkers union Local 8782. A total of 771 votes were cast. The vote comes just weeks after the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker asked the Ontario government to intervene and order a vote on its final contract offer (, July 15).
According to USW Local 8782 president Bill Ferguson, the negotiating committee will now try to draft a plan and continue talking to the company. ....

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