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ArcelorMittal steelworkers ratify new labor agreement

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A new contract has been ratified for nearly 14,000 steelworkers at fifteen ArcelorMittal plants in the U.S., including about 170 at the company's facility in Warren.

The United Steelworkers Union says members have voted to accept the conctract setting the terms and conditions of employment through Sept. 1, 2018.

Workers remained on the job under terms of the old contract even after the previous labor agreement expired on September 1.

At one point, the union accused ArcelorMittal of drawing out the negotiating process by demanding what steelworkers say were major economic and non-economic concessions on issues, such as vacation pay, incentive pay, sickness and accident benefits and transfer rights.

USW District 1 Director David McCall, who chairs the union’s negotiations with ArcelorMittal, said that the union understood the challenges facing the company and the rest of the domestic steel industry and expected this round of negotiations to be tough when bargaining began just over a year ago.

“Even though negotiations took much longer than anyone anticipated, the solidarity of USW members within and between each of the facilities enabled our committee to fight for and win a fair agreement that works for all of us,” McCall said.

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