NEW YORK U.S.
Steel Corp. has offered a new labor deal to United Steelworkers
union members in an effort to end the lockout of 1,000 hourly
workers at the companys Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke,
The company made the
offer July 9. After discussion, the union has asked the
provincial mediator to contact U.S. Steel to bring the company
back to the negotiating table, USW Local 8782 president Bill
"Were asking the
mediator to get us to re-engage in negotiations," Ferguson
said. "We need to sit back down and have negotiations with them
and come to an understanding with them."
Workers were locked
out April 28 after the union rejected the companys first
proposed contract (
amm.com, April 29).
Ferguson declined to
discuss the details of the offer. A time frame for the upcoming
talks has not yet been set.
A reported delay in
slab shipments to other mills by Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel
due to the loss of melt capacity at Lake Erie and strength in
the companys automotive business have contributed to the
recent upward momentum in steel prices, sources said.
couldnt be reached for comment.