Union calls for negotiations to resume in U.S. Steel lockout
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - While U.S. Steel continues
its attack against United Steelworkers (USW) Local 8782 in Nanticoke,
USW members in Sault Ste. Marie have won a three-year agreement with
Essar Steel Algoma Inc.
The agreement between Essar and USW Local 2251 in Sault Ste. Marie
maintains cost-of-living adjustments and improves a number of benefits.
The contract term is from Aug. 1, 2013 to July 31, 2016.
USW Local 2251 members will see increased coverage for visits to
chiropractors, osteopaths, podiatrists and naturopaths, as well as an
increase in lifetime major medical coverage for active employees and
retirees. Retired Steelworkers will also see increased reimbursement
for the cost of glasses and hearing aids.
Along with cost-of-living adjustments, employees will receive a lump-sum
payment in the second year of the contract and wage increases in the
third year of either two or three per cent - depending on the
steelmaker's adjusted annual income.
The union won the company's commitment to a defined benefit pension plan
and the agreement provides four 'windows' for retirement during the
life of the contract.
"This is good for our members in Sault Ste. Marie," said USW Ontario
Director Marty Warren.
"It's time now for U.S. Steel to end its seven-week lockout and get back
to the bargaining table with our members in Nanticoke."
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Contact: Jack Ostroski, USW Area Co-ordinator, 705-941-1224, email@example.com