NEW YORK Only a day
remains before a labor contract between U.S. Steel Corp.s
Lake Erie Works and the United Steelworkers union expires, and
a strike could be called as early as this week if a new deal
The two parties had yet to
settle on an agreement as of late April 15, according to a
bulletin posted on USW Local 8782s website. The contract
is set to expire 12:01 a.m. April 16.
However, the unions
72-hour strike notification clock "has not been started yet,"
the bulletin said.
Last week, local union members
overwhelmingly put their support behind a strike mandate, with
83 percent of membership turning out for a 99.6-percent vote in
support of a strike if needed.
The union had previously alleged
that the Pittsburgh-based company was training salaried,
nonunion workers to operate its hot-strip mill, including
rolling slabs, at Lake Erie Works, raising speculation that a
lockout might be possible (
amm.com, April 8).
A lockout during the last set of
contract negotiations at the Lake Erie Works lasted eight
months before the two sides struck a three-year deal (
amm.com, April 16, 2010).
Neither union representatives
nor a spokesman for the company could be reached for