Steelworkers at Stelco stripping operations file for conciliation and vote on strike mandate
NANTICOKE, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A third group of steelworkers at Stelco Inc. have called for conciliation and scheduled a vote on the strike mandate due to slow negotiations for a new collective agreement.
About 100 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 8782-03 will hold a vote on the strike mandate on Wednesday, July 13 to support their demands for serious negotiations and a new contract. The workers continue to work under the terms of their previous collective agreement which expired on June 30.
Members of Steelworkers Local 8782-03 work at Stelco’s stripping operations, which treat steel coils to remove impurities and prepare the steel for finishing and for industrial and manufacturing uses, including construction automobile.
“Negotiations have been slow to say the least,” said Troy Cooper, bargaining unit president for Steelworkers Local 8782-03, which bargains on behalf of stripping workers. from Stelco.
“We committed to continue negotiations after our previous contract expired, but to date we have not been able to make the kind of progress that should be expected under the circumstances,” said Cooper.
“As a result, we have requested the assistance of a conciliator from the Ministry of Labor and we are organizing a vote on the strike mandate,” he added.
The vote on the strike mandate is intended to demonstrate union members’ solidarity and support for their bargaining committee in its efforts to negotiate a new collective agreement. Workers are not in a legal strike position, nor is the company in a legal position to lock out its workers.
Workers at Stelco’s stripping operations join two large groups of Steelworkers from other Stelco plants whose contracts also expired on June 30 and who voted overwhelmingly in favor of strike mandates.
Members of Steelworkers Local 8782, who work at Stelco’s steelmaking operations in Nanticoke, voted 99% in favor of a strike mandate in support of their demands for a fair contract.
Members of Steelworkers Local 1005, who work at Stelco’s steel processing and finishing operations in Hamilton, voted over 96% in favor of a strike mandate in support of their demands contractual.
“Like our colleagues in the other two bargaining units, our members expect a fair contract that recognizes that times are very, very good for Stelco and that it is the workers who are primarily responsible for the success of the company” , Cooper said.