NEW YORK United
Steelworkers union members at U.S. Steel Corp.s Lake Erie
plant have rejected the companys 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.
"Weve contacted the
Ministry of Labour and told them that were prepared to
sit down with the company to talk, and were 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 (
amm.com, 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 didnt respond to a request for comment.