HAMILTON, ON, March 19 /CNW/ - ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the United
Steelworkers have reached an understanding on a unique process that will allow
ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees the opportunity to test the suitability of a
union to its unique working culture, and to choose whether or not they wish to
be part of a global partnership between ArcelorMittal and its union partners.
Under this arrangement, USW would be allowed to caucus informally with
ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees to determine their interest in having union
representation. Following the consultation period and with sufficient employee
interest being demonstrated, a bargaining committee comprised of elected
ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees would be formed and would commence negotiation
of a tentative first collective agreement with the company. If consensus is
achieved on the content of a tentative first collective agreement, it will be
presented to the employees. If the vote on the agreement is affirmative
ArcelorMittal Dofasco would also recognize the United Steelworkers as the
bargaining agent for the hourly rated workforce.
"In the spirit of neutrality, and recognizing the uniqueness of our
culture at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, we will ask our employees to participate in
a transparent and democratic process to allow them to decide whether or not to
be part of this partnership," said ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vice President
Manufacturing, Andy Harshaw. "Our employees will weigh the benefits and risks
and the will of the majority of our employees will govern the final outcome."
ArcelorMittal is the world's No. 1 steel company with 320,000 employees
in 60 countries. ArcelorMittal Dofasco is a leading North American steel
producer and supplier of high quality flat rolled steels.
For further information:
For further information: Andrew Sloan, (905) 548-7200 ext. 3105