Houston — The United Steelworkers union Friday released separate updates on the progress of labor contract negotiations with US Steel and ArcelorMittal USA, expressing slightly more positive sentiment about the former.
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The USW said its bargaining team continued to negotiate with senior US Steel officials during the week, with local issue discussions wrapping up. Despite some challenges, the USW claimed it was making progress with US Steel.
A healthcare proposal was rejected by the company and the USW said it was continuing to push for wage adjustments after agreeing to go without increases during the existing three-year contract.
In its update to members regarding the ArcelorMittal negotiations, the union said the steelmaker continues to insist on "unnecessary and unreasonable concessions," particularly involving healthcare.
"We have made little progress with regard to our reasonable wage requests, and the company still has not responded to our pension proposal or adequately addressed our concerns about future capital expenditures, the apparently diminishing emphasis on repair and maintenance spending and manning issues, all of which are geared toward improving the long-term security of our jobs," the USW said in its letter.
Both US Steel and ArcelorMittal have three-year labor contracts with the USW that are set to expire on September 1.
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