About 130 hourly workers at the Warren Coke Plant will be voting by mail in coming weeks on a proposed labor pact reached last month.
The new three-year contract would take effect retroactive to Sept. 1 and run through 2015. It would apply to about 14,000 members of United Steelworkers at about a dozen ArcelorMittal locations including Warren and Cleveland, along with other plants in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.
Terms of the new contract call for wage increases of about 4.5 percent over the three-year term and a $2,000 signing bonus. Current wages range from $19.56 per hour to $26.32 per hour, depending on labor grade.
Under the pact, pensions are maintained with no changes, and healthcare coverage has minor changes which the union described as improvements for members.
Current retiree healthcare also was preserved. That item was one of the most important issues, union officials have said.
Union members will vote by mail, with the votes scheduled to be counted Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh.
Negotiations began May 29, and continued about a week beyond the Sept. 1 contract expiration with no work stoppage. Information released by the negotiating committee to union members recommended ratification of the proposed agreement.