PITTSBURGH (AP) - The United Steelworkers have decided not to go on strike now over stalled negotiations with steelmaker ArcelorMittal.
The USW says in a statement today that striking is still an option for the future. The contract, which expires end of the day Saturday, covers 14,000 employees in eight states - Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Louisiana and South Carolina. Included in that is the roughly 125 workers at its Warren Coke plant on Main Avenue S.W.
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal wants to slash wages and benefits and have the unilateral right to cut wages during business slowdowns.
It also proposes freezing its contributions to certain pension plans, and eliminating retiree health care and pension benefits for workers hired after Sept. 1.
ArcelorMittal says it needs to dramatically cut costs to remain competitive.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the USW decision not to strike.