U.S. Steel, union reach tentative contract

Posted at 8:14 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 08:14:57-05

U.S. Steel Corp. and the United Steelworkers union have announced tentative agreement on a new contract covering about 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the country.

Neither side released details about the pact pending ratification by members of more than two dozen locals unions at the facilities.

The contract covers thousands of workers at the company's domestic flat-rolled and iron ore mining facilities as well as workers at tubular operations in several states.

U.S. Steel president and chief executive officer Mario Longhi called the pact "in the best interest of our company, our stakeholders and our employees."

Union president Leo Gerard called it "a difficult year and a difficult round of bargaining," but said he was proud that union members "stood up and demanded fair treatment."