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Steelworkers Notify NLMK of Strike Plans

FARRELL, Pa. – The United Steelworkers announced Thursday that USW Local 1016-3 has given 48-hour notice to NLMK Pennsylvania that it intends to strike over what it calls “unfair labor practices.”

According to the union, the company has consistently tried to push its workforce into an “undesirable high deductible healthcare plan that they do not trust and have historically rejected.”

Management and the USW have been negotiating for months on a new bargaining agreement that would cover more than 400 union workers at the plant on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

“We’ve stood together to survive during hard times in the past and know that we can accomplish great things through solidarity and collective action,” Robert McAuliffe, USW District 10 director, said in a statement. “NLMK needs to stop breaking the law and negotiate in good faith with workers for a fair contract.”

The USW has also filed charges of unfair labor practices before Region 6 of the National Labor Relations Board. The union says the company failed to provide information necessary to bargain on an informed basis, that its management refused to process grievances and that it unilaterally changed benefits to exclude the benefits of a deceased employee. 

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