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Lake Erie plant workers reject USS labor offer

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NEW YORK — United Steelworkers union members at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Lake Erie plant have rejected the company’s proposed contract, USW Local 8782 said on its website.

The proposal was rejected by 70 percent of voting members at the Nanticoke, Ontario, facility, with a participation rate of 92 percent, the union said.

"We’ve contacted the Ministry of Labour and told them that we’re prepared to sit down with the company to talk, and we’re just waiting to see what the response is," union president Bill Ferguson told AMM, adding that a 72-hour strike notice had yet to be issued.

An estimated 980 Lake Erie workers are members of the bargaining unit, Ferguson said. That would amount to more than 70 percent of the 1,350 total workers employed at the facility.

The previous contract between the two parties expired April 16 (, April 19).

In an afternoon update, the union said on its website that U.S. Steel has told a mediator that it would have an official response by Thursday morning. The mediator has requested that the 72-hour strike notice be discussed at that time, the union added.

A spokesman for Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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