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USS makes new offer to locked-out workers

Keywords: Tags  U.S. Steel, USS, United Steelworkers union, USW, Local 8782, Bill Ferguson, union lockout, flat steel Lake Erie Works

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 company’s Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario.

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 Ferguson said.

"We’re 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 company’s first proposed contract (, 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 company’s automotive business have contributed to the recent upward momentum in steel prices, sources said.

U.S. Steel couldn’t be reached for comment.

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