NEW YORK It would take three weeks before the blast
furnace at U.S. Steel Corp.s Lake Erie Works starts
production if United Steelworkers union Local 8782 ratifies the
latest proposal on Aug. 30, the union said.
The blast furnace is estimated to take three weeks to finish
the existing reline and start production, the union speculated
in a note to workers on its website, though the hot-strip mill
would resume operations as quickly as possible.
However, the coke ovens would not start immediately due to
excess coke on the ground at Lake Erie and Hamilton.
This coke will be used before starting up the
ovens, the union added. Non-essential coke oven
personnel will be reassigned to other departments until
operation resume at the ovens. There is no definite plan on
when the ovens start back up but it could be six to eight
Earlier this month, local union members rejected what the
Pittsburgh-based steelmaker called its final offer
by 71 percent (
amm.com, Aug 1
The lockout, which is in its 18th week, has helped tighten the
sheet market in recent weeks, particularly the spot market in
southern Ontario, Canada, because its nearby Hamilton Works
does not have a hot-strip mill.
A spokesman for U.S. Steel did not respond to requests for