CHICAGO U.S. Steel Corp. has held meetings with United Steelworkers union locals representing its facilities in Canada about "operational issues," the union said.
"The union and the company have met to create a framework to enter into further discussions on operational issues," according to USW Local 8782s website. "No specific issues have been tabled at this time until a framework is reached."
Further talks are expected to be held at a later date, the union said.
A spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker confirmed the July 2 meeting with the USW locals but declined to comment further.
U.S. Steel requested a meeting July 2 with USW Local 8782 and USW Local 1005 (amm.com, June 30).
USW Local 8782 represents workers at U.S. Steels Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario, while Local 1005 represents workers at the Hamilton Works in Hamilton, Ontario.
U.S. Steels two Canadian operations, which employ about 2,000 people, have the capacity to produce about 2.6 million tons of steel per year, according to the companys website.
The steelmaker has expressed concerns about losses at its Canadian operations, market sources said.