United Steelworkers will not strike at ArcelorMittal plants in eight states

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 31, 2012 6:38 PM

(Pittsburgh) -- The United Steelworkers have decided not to go on strike now over stalled negotiations with steelmaker ArcelorMittal.

The company has a plant in Steelton, Dauphin County.

The USW says in a statement striking is still an option for the future. The contract, which expires tomorrow, covers 14,000 employees in eight states — Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Louisiana and South Carolina.

Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal wants to slash wages and benefits and have the unilateral right to cut wages during business slowdowns.

It also proposes freezing its contributions to certain pension plans, and eliminating retiree health care and pension benefits for workers hired after September 1st.

ArcelorMittal says it needs to dramatically cut costs to remain competitive.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the USW decision not to strike.

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