NEW YORK A labor dispute that reportedly impacted some steelmaking activities at ArcelorMittal USA LLCs Burns Harbor facility in Indiana has been resolved, a company spokeswoman told AMM.
"The issue was resolved yesterday," she said in an April 26 e-mail. "At ArcelorMittal, our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of our employees, and we are pleased that this matter has been resolved with (United Steelworkers union Local) 6787."
The dispute reportedly began April 21 when 10 workers at the plants continuous caster walked off the job, citing safety concerns related to new automation processes that had been installed by the company to improve operational efficiency and workplace safety (amm.com, April 24). The upgraded control systems computerized some functions previously done manually by union members, local press reported, although the company spokeswoman told AMM that the improvements will only result in less overtime rather than overall work force reductions.
Local press reported that the dispute resulted in the temporary shutdown of certain steelmaking operations at the complex, including at least one blast furnace and the continuous caster. The company spokeswoman declined to comment on the reported outages, noting that "the situation had no impact on our ability to meet customer demand."
The USW didnt return a call seeking comment.