PITTSBURGH, June 3 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today
that it has reached a groundbreaking agreement with ArcelorMittal, the world's
largest steel company, to improve health and safety standards throughout the
company. The global agreement covers ArcelorMittal workers represented by
unions throughout the world.
USW International President Leo W. Gerard said, "This agreement is an
obvious signal to companies everywhere that unions are vital to safe and
healthy workplaces. It is the most important issue for our members and we are
pleased to be able to come to this agreement with the world's number one steel
In addition to recognizing the vital role played by unions in improving
health and safety conditions, the unprecedented agreement establishes
universal minimum standards at every site the company operates. Many safety
improvement measures such as plant-specific joint management-union health and
safety committees are standardized, and training and education programs are
instituted in order to immediately address current health and safety issues in
North America and elsewhere in the company.
ArcelorMittal President and Chief Executive Officer Lakshmi Mittal said,
"This agreement will build on the work that we have already undertaken in the
company. Health and safety is our number one priority and in signing this
agreement we hope to set a new benchmark for the industry."
Also included in the agreement is the creation of a joint
management-union, global health and safety committee that will target plants
in the group in order to work to dramatically improve their performance.
The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America. Approximately
20 percent of them work in the steel industry.
For further information:
For further information: Wayne Ranick of USW, (412) 562-2444, Web Site: