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Steelworkers, U.S. Steel far apart in negotiations

Strike authorized
By staff |
September 19, 2018
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U.S. Steel is attacking retirees and new employees by refusing to fund pension p
U.S. Steel is attacking retirees and new employees by refusing to fund pension plans and pushing a two-tier system. U.S. Steel is attacking retirees and new employees by refusing to fund pension plans and pushing a two-tier system.

Washington, DC - Contract negotiations between United Steelworkers (USW) and U.S. Steel have failed to make headway after an overwhelmingly successful strike authorization vote took place earlier this month. In what has been described by the negotiating committee as a “frustrating series of negotiations,” the company continues to offer the same concessionary proposals by shifting around wages, benefits and bonuses.

Additionally, U.S. Steel is attacking retirees and new employees by refusing to fund pension plans and pushing a two-tier system. USW continues to reject these concessions and remains committed to winning a decent contract.

The company is proposing that employees’ health care coverage be switched to a plan which would double deductibles, coinsurance and out-of-pocket expenses. For an industry as dangerous as steel manufacturing, this is nothing short of an attack on workers’ health and livelihood. U.S. Steel is also demanding the ability to use money from the retiree health care and life insurance fund to pay for active employees’ health care costs.

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