NEW YORK Employees at
U.S. Steel Corp.s pickling operations in Nanticoke,
Ontario, have been told by management not to talk to locked-out
United Steelworkers union members outside its Lake Erie Works,
according to a notice posted on the unions website.
"We appreciate that at this time
it is a difficult situation at the plant, but we expect all
employees to refrain from any interactions (including
conversations, phone calls, texting, etc.) with the Local 8782
picket line employees during their scheduled working hours,"
said the letter posted on the USW Local 8782 website, which was
said to have been sent by the company to pickling line
U.S. Steel locked out nearly
1,000 unionized workers April 28 at Lake Erie Works after
contract negotiations between the two parties failed. While it
was unclear if hot-mill operations would be taken offline, at
least one industry source previously told AMM that the
hot-strip pickling line was represented by a different union so
it would not be affected by the lockout (
amm.com, April 29).
Steel buyers told AMM
that the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker stocked up on inventory
before giving the union a 72-hour lockout notice April 25 (
amm.com, April 25).
Earlier this week, U.S. Steel
chairman and chief executive officer John P. Surma said in an
earnings conference call that the company does not expect a
supply disruption as a result of the lockout, adding that the
company could ship from its operations in the Great Lakes to
its finishing lines in Canada if needed (
amm.com, May 1).
Neither U.S. Steel nor the union
could be reached for comment.