NLMK, Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement

FARRELL, Pa. – Members of the United Steelworkers union and NLMK Pennsylvania have reached a tentative bargaining agreement in the hopes to end a nearly six-month strike at the plant.

Todd Clary, staff representative for USW District 10, said an agreement was reached Wednesday afternoon. He couldn’t, however, comment on any details of the pact, since the agreement has not yet been presented to members of USW Local 1016-3. Those meetings should begin next week, he said. 

“They came with a proposal Wednesday morning,” Clary said. “We had a couple of issues, but then we worked it out and came to agreement,” he said. 

About 400 workers walked off the job Aug. 22, citing disagreements over health care, wages and several smaller issues, Clary has said.

“We’ve been negotiating throughout the entire time,” he said. 

NLMK Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Russian steel giant NLMK, processes imported steel billets into coil, then ships the steel to domestic customers. 

More coverage:

Jan. 9, 2021 | 6 Months on Picket Line, NLMK Steelworkers Still at Odds over Health Care
Nov. 30, 2020 | NLMK, Fresh from Tariff Win, Makes New Contract Offer
Sept. 15, 2020 | Ryan Offers Support to Picketers at NLMK
Sept. 10, 2020 | Steelworkers Offer to Meet with NLMK, Still at Odds on Health Care
Aug. 27, 2020 | NLMK Refutes Union, Accuses USW of ‘Campaign of Lies’
Aug. 25, 2020 | Union Members Picket Round-the-Clock Outside NLMK

Pictured: In this file photo, USW Local 1016-03 members on the picket line outside of NLMK Pennsylvania in August 2020.

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