US Steel to lock out Nanticoke workers

Final contract offer rejected by 70% of Steelworkers Local 8782.

April 26, 2013   by CANADIAN PRESS

978 members of the bargaining unit at Nanticoke.

TORONTO — US Steel plans to lock almost 1,000 unionized workers at its Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ont., this weekend.

Notice of the lockout was sent to the United Steelworkers Union on April 25 under a mutual agreement to give 72-hours notice of a strike or lockout.

On April 23, the union membership voted 70% to rejected a final contract offer from the company that would eliminate cost-of-living wage increases, reduce holidays and amount to a virtual standstill in wages.

William Ferguson, president of Steelworkers Local 8782, said workers would have received an extra $1 an hour under the company’s latest offer, but that had already been mandated under the cost-of-living clause in the previous agreement.

In all there, are 978 members of the bargaining unit at Nanticoke, he said.

The union offered earlier in the week to keep its members on the jobs and negotiate further, but the company rejected that.

The lockout it slated to begin at 9 a.m. on April 28.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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