U.S. Steel, Steelworkers Union Agree on Pact for 16,000 Workers

steelworkers statuesPITTSBURGH -- U.S. Steel (X) and the United Steelworkers announced a tentative agreement Sunday on a three-year contract covering more than 16,000 workers at domestic facilities.

Details of the contract were not announced. The union said members will vote after reviewing details over the next few weeks. The two sides had been negotiating since June on a contract to replace the existing pact, which expired Saturday.

US Steel said the talks covered employees at domestic flat-rolled and iron ore mining facilities as well as tubular operations in Lorain, Ohio and Fairfield, Ala.

"We believe that this agreement is in the best interests of our company, our employees and all of our stakeholders," John Surma, U.S. Steel chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The company separately announced a tentative agreement with the union covering about 1,000 workers at a welded tubular products facility in Lone Star, Texas.

The union said health care for retirees and how best to deal with the rising cost of that coverage was one of the most significant issues in this year's talks.

"Both sides worked hard to come up with a solution that continues to provide our current and future retirees with access to high-quality, low-cost medical care," said Tom Conway, USW International vice president, who led the union negotiating team.

The union has still not reached agreement with two other companies, ArcelorMittal (MT) and Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF).

The United Steelworkers said talks with Cliff's Natural Resources had broken off but would resume "at a future date not yet determined." In the meantime, a rolling contract extension would remain in place under which terms of the old contract would be renewed every 48 hours unless one of the parties indicates otherwise.

The union told ArcelorMittal workers to continue to report for shifts despite expiration of the contract Saturday, although officials said they had not sought a contract extension and the company had not offered one. The union said in a membership update that workers would continue to work under the terms of the current agreement while talks continue and "we continue to urge them to improve their current proposal."

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Good for the United Steelworkers, thanks to a strong union, the middle-class life is a reality. Obama 2012!

September 04 2012 at 9:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to richard's comment

And the Chinese thank the Steelworkers... all 16,000 and shrinking.... good thing GE is close to Barry and supports all the Chinese manufacturing job growth, right Barry????

September 05 2012 at 6:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Judy Thomas-Klein

My husband is retired from USS for 9 yrs now. So glad we got out when we did. I feel so bad for all the workers Union and Non union. Obama is not the man he says he is. He doesnot care about you or me or any worker. Believe it.. Hes bringing down this economy on purpose to put in his agendas. Hes evil. Please vote him out. We can do better. At least lets give someone else a chance. If Obama could fix our economy he would of already. Ever since he took office we are getting worse. 4 more yrs will wipe out whats left of USS. I do believe this. Praying for a new start that will bring us all back from disaster.

September 04 2012 at 8:31 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
carol lowery

I'm surprised there is still that many in the steel industry. Poor Pittsburgh has a lot of closed old steel mills as well as in other areas.

September 04 2012 at 3:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's ok unions. Your leaders will make sure they get paid more. And get a bonus for all this. And more of your jobs will go to china. Because the price of US steel will go up for your raises.

September 04 2012 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

there goes the unions again

September 04 2012 at 12:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

BETTER get your butts out there and vote before Ronmey BANKRUPTS and sends your jobs to china.

September 04 2012 at 2:09 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I could be wrong, but where are these 16,000 workers actually working....are they really Chinese.....

September 04 2012 at 12:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

YES I'm for labor and unions , but yet I signed your jobs over to Mexico DEM Carter.
YES I'm for labor and unions , but yet I signed your jobs over to China DEM Clinton
YES I'm for labor and unions , but I don't have any jobs to send somewhere else.Nor can I create jobs that the other two let leave the country. DEM Obama

September 03 2012 at 9:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to jv703ly's comment

Obamas only worried about saving his own job and giving work permits to illegals.

September 03 2012 at 11:11 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to democracks0's comment

Time to raise the union dues... Barry is down in the polls and jobs are leaving faster than Obama voters...

September 05 2012 at 6:13 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down

You don't know what you're talking about! Unemplyment under Carter was 6.5%, Reagan 7.5%. NAFTA didn't come along until Bush the first, formally signed by Clinton after he took office. It wasn't Clintons' idea.

September 04 2012 at 4:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Well now that Obama will be at the DNC for the rest of the week running his mouth as usual it looks like he won't be meeting with his jobs council this week . It's been over 7 months now. Funny how he had the time to squeeze in work permits for illegals but no meeting about jobs for American workers.

Obamas a fiasco

September 03 2012 at 6:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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carol lowery

Oh, now wait a minute, did he not recently say that he alone, all by himself, created 4 million jobs. I'm still looking for the shovels as well as to the investigation of that solar panel company out in Calif who no sooner got millions from Obama and then filed bankruptcy, doesn't anyone want to know where that money went?? Oh, that's right, probably in the owners pockets.

September 04 2012 at 3:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to carol lowery's comment

carol.... Barry got his $$$$ first from Solendra as part of the deal....

September 05 2012 at 6:14 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down

MrsPelosi can you please tell me why Bombs away Bush was not at the Republican convention? I can't seem to get an answer out of any of the CONS.
4 hours

All know is that I claimed many times that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction too dear. Perhaps you could get and answer to your question from one of the cons that is in the cell next to yours dear.

September 03 2012 at 6:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Atta girl mrspelosi LOL

September 03 2012 at 6:16 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to democracks0's comment

Well, guess she couldn't tell me why bombs away Bush was not there either. Oh well, I'll keep asking.

September 04 2012 at 10:22 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down